Professor Martin J Allday | Action Medical Research

Professor Martin J Allday

Action Medical Research Chair of Virology and Cell Biology

Imperial College London

Martin Allday* held the Action Medical Research Chair of Virology and Cell Biology in London between 2001 and 2017.

“Some viruses cause what we call ‘persistent infections’, which means the virus stays in the body for life, generally with no obvious symptoms after the initial infection,” says Professor Allday. “On rare occasions, often when the immune system is weakened, persistent infections result in cancer. For example, infection with the Epstein-Barr virus is linked to some lymphomas.”

“We are interested in the circumstances that lead to the development of virus-associated cancers, with a particular focus on the Epstein-Barr virus and lymphoma. We are investigating whether targeting this virus might be an effective treatment strategy.”

*deceased

Previous holders

Professor B E Griffin 1984 – 1997
Professor A P Waterson  1967 – 1981
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