Mark C. Field University of Cambridge UK
Prof Mark Field
Professor of Cell Biology and Parasitology, Department of Pathology
Mark C. Field was born in London and is Reader in Cell Biology at the ) Mark C. Field was born in London and is currently Professor of Cell Biology and Parasitology at the Department of Pathology, University of Cambridge and Fellow and Director of Studies for Natural Sciences (Biological) at St Edmund’s College, Cambridge. He was educated at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, where he took first class honours in Biochemistry. He remained at Oxford as a D.Phil. student, and working with Raymond Dwek, studied glycoprotein structure and function at the Department of Biochemistry. His postdoctoral career was spent in the United States where he worked initially with George Cross at the Rockefeller University, on glycosylphosphatidylinositol lipid biosynthesis and structure. He then spent a further period in California, firstly with the pioneering biotechnology company Genentech Inc., studying GPI-anchored protein processing, and subsequently at Stanford University with John Boothroyd, where he analysed parasite surface protein families and began studies on characterising the endomembrane systems of trypanosomes. On leaving California he returned to London to establish a research group at Imperial College. He moved to the Department of Pathology, University of Cambridge in 2005 and became a Fellow of St Edmund’s College in 2006. In 2008/09 he was a visiting investigator at the University of California at San Francisco. His research is focused principally on the parasitic protozoan Trypanosoma brucei and pioneers efforts to exploit genomics resources to provide insights into virulence mechanisms and basic cell biology, with specific interests in protein transport systems and small G protein-mediated signalling. Field also has interests in bioinformatics, functional genomics and evolutionary biology, has authored over one hundred papers and articles and is on the board of the Cambridge charity CamPOD. He maintains active collaborations with scientists in the UK, EU, Asia and North America and lives in central Cambridge with his wife and daughter.