Cell biologist George Banting has been named as the next dean of the Faculty of Medical and Veterinary Sciences, due to take office next year.

The University of Bristol has named a cell biologist as the next dean of the Faculty of Medical and Veterinary Sciences.

Biologist George BantingGeorge Banting, currently professor of molecular cell biology at the university’s School of Biochemistry, will take over from Clive Orchard as of August 1, 2013.

Prof Banting said he was “greatly honoured” to be selected for the role.

He added: “I relish the opportunity to work with the many colleagues who have helped to build and maintain this faculty’s outstanding reputation for research and teaching, and I look forward to the challenges ahead in the rapidly changing environment of higher education.”

Prof Banting’s research focuses on the molecular mechanisms underlying membrane traffic pathways in mammalian cells and his recent work has focused on tetherin (CD317), a membrane protein present in many cell types which has been shown to play a variety of important roles, from regulation of the actin cytoskeleton in polarised epithelial cells to restriction of the release of a range of enveloped viruses, including HIV.

He also regularly reviews papers and grant applications for journals and funding bodies and is a member of the British Society for Cell Biology, the American Society for Cell Biology, and the Biochemical Society. 

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