Peter Cresswell, PhD, FRS

Eugene Higgins Professor of Immunobiology and Professor of Cell Biology

Departments & Organizations

Cancer Immunology

Cell Biology: Membrane Traffic

Immunobiology: HTI

Immunology and Immunotherapy

Molecular Virology: Virology laboratories

Office of Student Research

Yale Combined Program in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences (BBS): Immunology: Mounting an Immune Response; Structural Analysis of Immune System Receptors and Effectors | Molecular Cell Biology, Genetics and Development: Protein Dynamics


Dr. Cresswell is the Eugene Higgins Professor of Immunobiology and Professor of Cell Biology and Dermatology at Yale University School of Medicine. He is also an investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

He received his B.S. degree in chemistry, his M.S. degree in microbiology from the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, U.K., and his Ph.D. degree in biochemistry and immunology from London University. His postdoctoral training was completed at Harvard University with Jack Strominger.

Before assuming his position at Yale, Dr. Cresswell was Chief of the Division of Immunology at Duke University Medical Center. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society, U.K., and a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Institute of Medicine.

Education & Training

PhD University of London (1971)

Honors & Recognition

  • The Newton-Abraham Visiting Professor, University of Oxford, England (2007)

  • Fellow, Lincoln College, University of Oxford, England (2007)

  • Member, National Academy of Sciences (2001)

  • Fellow, The Royal Society (2000)

  • Member, New York Academy of Sciences (2000)

  • Fellow, Silliman College, Yale University (1999)

  • American Society for Cell Biology (1996)

  • ASHI Rose Payne Distinguished Scientist Award (1995)

  • Associate Member, European Molecular Biology Organization (1995)

  • American Society for Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics (1980)

  • Member, American Association of Immunologists (1976)

Professional Service

  • Awards Committee American Association of Immunologists (2006 - 2009)

  • Scientific Advisory Board Center for HIV/AIDS Vaccine Immunology (CHAVI) (2005)

  • Editorial Board Immunology (2004 - 2007)

  • Editorial Board Annual Review of Cell and Developmental Biology (2003)

  • Scientific Advisory Board The Jane Coffin Childs Memorial Fund (2002 - 2010)

  • Editorial Board Immunological Reviews (2002 - 2008)

  • Advisory Panel Nature Reviews Immunology (2002)

  • Editorial Board Tissue Antigens (2002)

  • Editorial Board PNAS (2001)

  • Distinguished Lecturer American Association of Immunology (1999)

  • Editorial Board Traffic (1999)

  • Editorial Board Annual Review of Immunology (1998 - 2002)

  • Scientific Advisory Council Cancer Research Institute (1997)

  • Associate Editor Immunity (1994)

  • Editorial Advisory Board Protein Science (1991 - 1994)

  • Member Allergy and Immunology Study Section, NIH (1987 - 1991)

  • Committee on Recommendations for U.S. Army Basic Scientific Research National Research Council (1987 - 1990)

  • Section Editor Journal of Immunology (1985 - 1990)

  • Editorial Board Human Immunology (1983 - 1997)

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Contact Info

Peter Cresswell, PhD, FRS
Mailing Address
Department of Immunobiology300 Cedar Street, TAC S669
P.O. Box 208011

New Haven, CT 06520-8011