Professor Anton Van der Merwe

Professor of Molecular Immunology


After qualifying in medicine and completing a PhD at the University of Cape Town I moved to Oxford in 1991 to work at the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology. My research focuses on working out how white blood cells, such as T cells recognise infected or cancerous cells. Recent advances in this area have resulted in revolutionary new treatments for cancer, such as checkpoint inhibitors and CAR T cells.
I am also interested in the health risks of exposure to radioactivity, especially radioactivity associated with nuclear energy and nuclear waste.