Professor Graham P Cook

Professor Graham P Cook

Professor of Molecular and Cellular Immunology

+44 113 343 8411

Summary: I lead the Molecular and Cellular Immunology research group and teach immunology to medical students and MSc students.

Location: Wellcome Trust Brenner Building St James Hospital

Teaching Commitments: MBChB:Various Immunology tutorials and lectures. Msc (Molecular Medicine); Module lead for Immunity and Disease.


I studied Microbiology at Imperial College and then moved to the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology (LMB) in Cambridge where I studied for a PhD into the mechanisms underlying the cell type specific expression of immunoglobulin genes.  In 1989, I was awarded a Beit Memorial Fellowship and carried out post-doctoral work at the MRC LMB and the MRC Centre for Protein Engineering on the structure and diversity of human immunoglobulin genes and developed techniques to generate transgenic mice expressing human antibody repertoires.

In 1996 I was awarded a Wellcome Trust Career Development Award to apply emerging techniques in genomics to study human natural killer cells, working at the Cambridge Institute for Medical Research (CIMR).  During this period, I was a fellow of Selwyn College Cambridge where I taught Molecular and Cellular Biology to Natural Sciences students.

I joined the University of Leeds in 2000 as a University Research Fellow in the Molecular Medicine Unit and I am now Professor of Molecular and Cellular Immunology in the Institute of Cancer Studies and Pathology, where I lead the Section of Infection and Immunity.

My research group studies human natural killer cells, their role in infection and cancer and the mechanisms by which tumours evade the human immune system.

I teach immunology to medical students and I lead the Immunity and Disease Module on the MSc Molecular Medicine course. I was made a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2016.

I am a member of the British Society for Immunology and sit on the Forum group where I represent members in England. Until recently I served on the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) grant committee D (Molecules, Cells and Industrial Biotechnology).