Mark C. Field M.A. (Oxon), D.Phil., FRSB, FLS


    Mark was born in London and has the dubious honor of being a true Cockney. He is currently Professor of Cell Biology and Parasitology at the University of Dundee, visiting Professor at the Rockefeller University and a Wellcome Senior Investigator. He is the author of ~190 research articles and over 240 abstracts. He was educated at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, where he was awarded first class honors in Biochemistry, and remained at Oxford for his D.Phil., studying glycoprotein structure and function at the Department of Biochemistry. His postdoctoral career was spent in the United States, initially at the Rockefeller University studying glycosylphosphatidylinositol lipid biosynthesis and structure with a further period in California, firstly at pioneer biotechnology company Genentech Inc., dissecting protein processing and targeting, and subsequently at Stanford University, analysing protist surface protein families and began characterising the endomembrane systems of trypanosomes. He returned to England in 1994 to establish a research group at Imperial College London, moving to the University of Cambridge in 2005 and to the University of Dundee in 2013. In 2000 and 2012 he was a visiting investigator at the Rockefeller University in New York, and in 2008 visiting Professor at the University of California at San Francisco. In 2013 he was appointed as a visiting Professor at the Rockefeller University. He has also served on the teaching faculty of the Marine Biological Laboratory at Wood’s Hole.

From top left: Lecturing in China (2008), South China Agricultural University, Guangzhou, PRC, Evolutionary cell biology workshop (2012), Airlie Center, Virginia, USA, Mechanisms of nuclear transport (2013), Woods Hole, Massachusetts, USA, KTIP Evolutionary cell biology, University of California at Santa Barbara (2015), Lysosomes and Endocytosis GRC (2014), Andover, NH, USA, Mechanisms of nuclear transport (2015), San Felioux de Guadaloupe, Spain, ICOPA (2017), Praha, Czech Republic, and Mechanisms of nuclear transport (2017), San Felioux de Guadaloupe, Spain,

His research focuses principally on the parasitic protozoan Trypanosoma brucei and pioneers efforts to exploit genomics and proteomics resources to provide insights into virulence mechanisms and basic cell biology, with specific interests in protein transport systems, nuclear organisation and small G protein-mediated signalling. He also has interests in bioinformatics, graphic design, functional genomics and has a major focus on eukaryotic evolutionary biology.

Mark reviews for many journals and granting agencies, is a board member of the Wellcome Trust Expert reading group  and international consultant for the Centre for research of pathogenicity and virulence of parasites at Charles University, Praha. He is also a  Fellow of the Linnean Society and Society of Biology and Steering Committee member for MODBIOLIN, an EU-funded project in the Czech Republic (2011 - present) and a member of the Faculty of a thousand. In the past, he served on the Medical Research Council Infection and Immunity board (2014 - 2018), the council of the British Society for Parasitology (2011 - 2014) and as a Board member for CamPOD, a local charity in Cambridge (2010 - 2013). In 2010, he was awarded the British Society for Parasitology C.A. Wright medal for recognition of outstanding contributions to the field. He maintains active collaborations with cell biologists, parasitologists and evolutionary biologists in the UK, EU, Africa and North America and currently lives in central Edinburgh with his wife and daughter.

Professor of Cell Biology and Parasitology

Wellcome Trust Investigator

School of Life Sciences, University of Dundee, Dow Street, Dundee, Scotland, DD1 5EH.  | +44 (0)751-550-788

Visiting Professor

The Rockefeller University, 1230 York Avenue, New York, NY10021, USA.