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 over 200 research articles and 270 abstracts and has an h factor of 57. 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 and in 2018 to the Faculty of the Institute of Parasitology, České Budějovice, Czech Republic. He has also served on the teaching faculty of the Marine Biological Laboratory at Woods 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, Nuclear Transport and envelope workshop, Wiston House (2013), Lysosomes and Endocytosis GRC (2014), Andover, NH, USA, Eukaryogenesis: Where are we now? (2014) Wiston House, KTIP Evolutionary cell biology, University of California at Santa Barbara (2015), Mechanisms of nuclear transport (2015), San Feliu de Guixols, Spain, ICOPA (2017), Praha, Czech Republic, and Mechanisms of nuclear transport (2017), San Feliu de Guixols, Spain, Retirement symposium for Keith Gull (2019), Oxford, UK.

Research focuses principally on the parasitic protozoan Trypanosoma brucei and efforts to exploit genomics and proteomics resources to provide insight into virulence mechanisms and basic cell biology, with specific interests in protein transport systems, nuclear organisation and small G protein-mediated signaling. He also has interests in bioinformatics, graphic design, functional genomics and eukaryotic evolutionary biology. Mark reviews for many journals and granting agencies, is a board member of the Wellcome Trust Expert reading group and External Advisor for the MiCoBion at BioCev, Charles University, Praha, an EU-funded project in the Czech Republic (2011 - present). He is also a  Fellow of the Linnean Society and Society of Biology and 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 is not on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter or most other social media, but 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, daughter, four cats and twenty-odd guitars.

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

Professor of Cell Biology and Parasitology

School of Life Sciences, University of Dundee, Dundee, DD1 5EH, UK and

Biology Centre, Institute of Parasitology, Czech Academy of Sciences, 37005 Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic  +44 (0)751-550-7880

Visiting Professor

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