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Professor Angel F Lopez

08 8222 3474
Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH)
Practice Responsibilities:Co-Director of the Centre for Cancer Biology; Head of Division of Human Immunology

Professor Angel Lopez obtained his medical degree in 1975 from the University of Rosario, Argentina, and his PhD in 1981 from the University of London. During his post-doctoral work at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute in 1982-1985, he became fascinated by the newly discovered blood hormones, or cytokines, that regulate blood cell production and function. In 1985, Professor Lopez came to the IMVS where he continues to work in immunopathology and conduct educational training and medical research.

Prof Lopez is the author of more than 170 research publications and shares his research interests with a group of highly capable and enthusiastic colleagues. Their work has led to significant discoveries in understanding how cytokines and cytokine receptors work in health and in diseases such as leukaemia and asthma. This path has led to new paradigms of cytokine receptor signalling and has underpinned the development of new therapeutics with the potential to change clinical practice.

He is Co-Director and Founder of the Centre for Cancer Biology, in which his team’s research, supported by an NHMRC Program grant and other highly prestigious national and international funding, focuses on leukaemia. The team has developed a candidate treatment for eliminating leukaemia stem cells – currently the holy grail of cancer research.

In 2010, Professor Lopez shared the highly-coveted ‘South Australian Scientist of the Year’ title at the annual South Australian Science Excellence Awards.