Peter Cresswell, PhD, FRS

Eugene Higgins Professor of Immunobiology and Professor of Cell Biology

Departments & Organizations

Immunobiology: HTI

Cell Biology: Membrane Traffic

Faculty Research

Immunology and Immunotherapy

Molecular Virology: Virology laboratories

Rheumatic Diseases Research Core

Yale Cancer Center: Cancer Immunology

Yale Combined Program in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences (BBS): Immunology: Mounting an Immune Response; Structural Analysis of Immune System Receptors and Effectors | Microbiology: Immunology & Host Response; Viruses | Molecular Cell Biology, Genetics and Development: Cell Biology

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Dr. Cresswell is the Eugene Higgins Professor of Immunobiology and Professor of Cell Biology and Dermatology at Yale University School of Medicine.

He received his B.S. degree in chemistry, his M.S. degree in microbiology from the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, U.K., and his Ph.D. degree in biochemistry and immunology from London University. His postdoctoral training was completed at Harvard University with Jack Strominger.

Before assuming his position at Yale, Dr. Cresswell was Chief of the Division of Immunology at Duke University Medical Center. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society, U.K., and a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Institute of Medicine.

Education & Training

PhD University of London (1971)

Honors & Recognition

  • The Newton-Abraham Visiting Professor, University of Oxford, England (2007)

  • Fellow, Lincoln College, University of Oxford, England (2007)

  • Member, National Academy of Sciences (2001)

  • Fellow, The Royal Society (2000)

  • Member, New York Academy of Sciences (2000)

  • Fellow, Silliman College, Yale University (1999)

  • American Society for Cell Biology (1996)

  • ASHI Rose Payne Distinguished Scientist Award (1995)

  • Associate Member, European Molecular Biology Organization (1995)

  • American Society for Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics (1980)

  • Member, American Association of Immunologists (1976)

Professional Service

  • American Association of Immunologists (2006 - 2009) Awards Committee

  • Center for HIV/AIDS Vaccine Immunology (CHAVI) (2005 - Present) Scientific Advisory Board

  • Immunology (2004 - 2007) Editorial Board

  • Annual Review of Cell and Developmental Biology (2003 - Present) Editorial Board

  • The Jane Coffin Childs Memorial Fund (2002 - 2010) Scientific Advisory Board

  • Immunological Reviews (2002 - 2008) Editorial Board

  • Nature Reviews Immunology (2002 - Present) Advisory Panel

  • Tissue Antigens (2002 - Present) Editorial Board

  • PNAS (2001 - Present) Editorial Board

  • American Association of Immunology (1999 - Present) Distinguished Lecturer

  • Traffic (1999 - Present) Editorial Board

  • Annual Review of Immunology (1998 - 2002) Editorial Board

  • Cancer Research Institute (1997 - Present) Scientific Advisory Council

  • Immunity (1994 - Present) Associate Editor

  • Protein Science (1991 - 1994) Editorial Advisory Board

  • Allergy and Immunology Study Section, NIH (1987 - 1991) Member

  • National Research Council (1987 - 1990) Committee on Recommendations for U.S. Army Basic Scientific Research

  • Journal of Immunology (1985 - 1990) Section Editor

  • Human Immunology (1983 - 1997) Editorial Board

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Contact Info

Peter Cresswell, PhD, FRS
Mailing Address
300 Cedar Street, TAC S669
P.O. Box 208011

New Haven, CT 06520-8011