Prof Andrew Loudon BA, PhD, FRSB, FMedSci

Professor of Animal Biology

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Andrew Loudon is the Beyer Professor of Animal Biology at the University of Manchester, UK (1995 to present) and is based in the Centre for Chronobiology. He trained at the University of Oxford (undergraduate degree Zoology), and then at the University of Edinburgh (PhD, 1976). He remained at the University of Edinburgh as a research fellow and later as an academic member of staff, working on the neuroendocrinology of photoperiodism in mammals. He moved in 1983 to take up a post of head of Endocrinology at the Institute of Zoology, Zoological Society of London and University of London, where he worked on the control of embryonic diapause in marsupials. Later, as Director of the Reproductive Biology group, he was involved in embryo-transfer programmes for endangered species, and mechanisms of reproductive synchronisation. He was also involved in re-introduction programmes in China. He moved to Manchester in 1995. Here, he established Chronobiology as a major theme at the University of Manchester, and the group has now expended to include 12 independent PIs, with both basic science and clinical translational interests, and has personally developed a programme investigating the circadian control of innate immunity. His other research interests include mechanisms involved in hibernation – in collaboration with the Institute of Arctic Biology, Alaska, the genetic mechanisms driving seasonal cycles – in collaboration with the Roslin Institute, Edinburgh, and fundamental studies of cellular time-keeping, in collaboration with the Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge. He was awarded the UK Endocrine Society Research Medal in 2014, was elected to fellowship of the Academiae Europae (2011), Society of Biology (2014), and the Academy of Medical Sciences (2015). He is currently a Wellcome Trust investigator, and is also supported by MRC/BBSRC funding from the UK, and an international Human Frontiers Programme Grant.



BA Zoology, University of Oxford
PhD Zoological Sciences, University of Edinburgh
Research Fellow, Hill Farming Research Organisation, Edinburgh
Lecturer, University of Edinburgh.
Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Zoology, Zoological Society of London.
Head, Physiological Ecology Unit, Zoological Society of London.
Visiting Research Scholar at the NSF Center for Biological Timing, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, USA.
Head, Reproductive Biology Group, Institute of Zoology, Zoological Society of London
Visiting Professor, Department of Biology, University College London.

          Beyer Professor of Animal Biology, School of Biological Sciences, University of Manchester.


            Visiting Professor in Chronobiology, University of Oxford

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Visiting Professor in Chronobiology, Oxford University

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