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Prof. Neil Gow FRS, FMedSci, FRSE, FIBiol, FAAM

Professor Gow graduated with a B.Sc. from Edinburgh University in 1979 and a Ph.D. from Aberdeen University. He was a research fellow in Denver, before returning to Aberdeen as a faculty member in 1984.

He is a founding member of the Aberdeen Fungal Group and contributed to building this group to its current status as one of the largest centres of excellence for medical mycology. Recently the AFG acquired MRC Centre Status in Medical Mycology for which he is Co-Director for research (Director Professor Gordon Brown). Under his direction this group was awarded a Wellcome Trust Strategic to coordinate research and training activity and build capacity in the field of medical mycology and fungal immunology across the UK and in developing countries.

He holds a Wellcome Trust Strategic Award and, along with Daan van Aalten, a recent Wellcome Trust Collaborative Award. He is a fellow of the Royal Society, the Academy of Medical Sciences, Institute of Biology, the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the American Academy of Microbiologists and is a former President of the British Mycological Society and of of ISHAM (the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology).

He is the current President of the Microbiology Society (2016-2019). He was a recent Editor in Chief of Fungal Genetics and Biology and helped establish the new ISHAM journal Medical Mycology Case Reports.

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Research Output 1999 2012

  • 18599 Citations
  • 50 Article
  • 3 Literature review
  • 2 Abstract
  • 2 Editorial
1292 Citations (Scopus)

Hidden killers: human fungal infections

Brown, G. D., Denning, D. W., Gow, N. A. R., Levitz, S. M., Netea, M. G. & White, T. C., 19 Dec 2012, In : Science translational medicine. 4, 165, p. 165rv13 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Routine Diagnostic Tests
21 Citations (Scopus)
8 Downloads (Pure)

Phosphorylation regulates polarisation of chitin synthesis in Candida albicans

Lenardon, M. D., Milne, S., Mora-Montes, H. M., Kaffarnik, F., Peck, S., Brown, A. J. P., Munro, C. A. & Gow, N. A. R., 1 Jul 2010, In : Journal of Cell Science. 123, 13, p. 2199-2206 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Candida albicans
Cell Wall
S 0139
17 Citations (Scopus)
8 Downloads (Pure)

Dissection of the Candida albicans class I chitin synthase promoters

Lenardon, M. D., Lesiak, I., Munro, C. A. & Gow, N. A. R., Apr 2009, In : Molecular Genetics and Genomics: MGG. 281, 4, p. 459-471 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Chitin Synthase
Candida albicans
Cell Wall
592 Citations (Scopus)

Evolution of pathogenicity and sexual reproduction in eight Candida genomes

Butler, G., Rasmussen, M. D., Lin, M. F., Santos, M. A. S., Sakthikumar, S., Munro, C. A., Rheinbay, E., Grabherr, M., Forche, A., Reedy, J. L., Agrafioti, I., Arnaud, M. B., Bates, S., Brown, A. J. P., Brunke, S., Costanzo, M. C., Fitzpatrick, D. A., de Groot, P. W. J., Harris, D., Hoyer, L. L. & 31 others, Hube, B., Klis, F. M., Kodira, C., Lennard, N., Logue, M. E., Martin, R., Neiman, A. M., Nikolaou, E., Quail, M. A., Quinn, J., Santos, M. C., Schmitzberger, F. F., Sherlock, G., Shah, P., Silverstein, K. A. T., Skrzypek, M. S., Soll, D., Staggs, R., Stansfield, I., Stumpf, M. P. H., Sudbery, P. E., Srikantha, T., Zeng, Q., Berman, J., Berriman, M., Heitman, J., Gow, N. A. R., Lorenz, M. C., Birren, B. W., Kellis, M. & Cuomo, C. A., 4 Jun 2009, In : Nature. 459, 7247, p. 657-662 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

57 Citations (Scopus)
50 Downloads (Pure)

Genome-wide analysis of Candida albicans gene expression patterns during infection of the mammalian kidney

Walker, L. A., MacCallum, D. M., Bertram, G., Gow, N. A. R., Odds, F. C. & Brown, A. J. P., Feb 2009, In : Fungal Genetics and Biology. 46, 2, p. 210-219 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Candida albicans
Gene Expression


Fellow of the Royal Society

Neil Andrew Robert Gow (Recipient), 29 Apr 2016

Prize: Election to learned society