Professor Angel Lopez, Ph.D
Co-Director of the Centre for Cancer Biology
Head of Cytokine Receptor Laboratory
Professor Angel Lopez AO is Co-Director of the Centre for Cancer Biology (CCB), a medical research Institute in Adelaide that focuses on cancer. He holds an MD from the University of Rosario, Argentina, a PhD from the University of London, UK, and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia. He has worked for over 30 years on the structure and function of cytokine receptors and their mechanism of action in health and disease.
Prof Lopez is the Head of the Cytokine Receptor Laboratory at the CCB where he leads a team of hard working and enthusiastic investigators internationally recognized for their work into the βc cytokine family that study how βc cytokines and their receptors assemble on the cell surface, how they signal and how they influence health and disease. The work of this laboratory has been highly collaborative involving several academic and clinical groups. The long-standing collaboration with Professor Michael Parker’s group (SVI and Bio21) has been and continues to be a source of continuous enjoyment and successes that revealed significant new paradigms in cytokine receptor activation that were published in major international journals. Similarly, the collaboration with CSL Limited over many years has been incredibly fruitful enabling the practical application of the laboratory’s insights and the development of several anti-receptor antibodies into potential new treatments for acute myeloid leukaemia and for allergic inflammatory conditions.
Prof Lopez was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science in 2014 and in 2015 was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences. He was the inaugural convenor (with Professor M Vadas) of the biennial “Barossa Signalling Meetings”, now coming to its eighth edition and currently chaired by Professor Stuart Pitson. Prof Lopez received the 2010 South Australian Scientist of the Year Award and also the 2010 South Australian of the Year - Science Category Award from the SA Government. In June 2017 he was appointed as an Officer to the Order of Australia for his medical and scientific research in the areas of immunology, cell biology and innovative developments in cancer treatment, in particular, acute myeloid leukaemia.
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