Rupert Beale

Rupert Beale

Qualifications & history 

  • 1996-2005 MB/PhD, University of Cambridge/MRC LMB
  • 2005-2007 Junior hospital doctor, MRCP
  • 2008-2013: Clinical Lecturer in Nephrology and Immunology, University of Cambridge; postdoctoral researcher MRC LMB, Speciality Certificate in Nephrology
  • 2014 Consultant Nephrologist, Royal Free Hospital
  • 2015 MRC Clinician Scientist Fellow and Group Leader, Division of Virology, Department of Pathology, University of Cambridge 
  • 2019 Group Leader, the Francis Crick Institute, London, UK, Honorary Consultant Nephrologist, Royal Free Hospital


I worked with Doug Fearon during my undergraduate medical degree and became fascinated by immunology. I undertook a PhD in the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology with the late Michael Neuberger as part of the Cambridge MB/PhD programme.

During my higher medical training as clinical lecturer in nephrology, I returned to the LMB to work with Felix Randow, where I discovered a surprising direct interaction between influenza and the autophagy machinery. I then set up my own laboratory in Cambridge with the support of a MRC Clinician Scientist Fellowship, before moving to the Crick as the first of a new set of clinical group leaders.

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