Peter Cresswell PhD, FRS

Eugene Higgins Professor of Immunobiology and Professor of Cell Biology and of Dermatology

Departments & Organizations

Yale Combined Program in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences (BBS): Immunology | Molecular Cell Biology, Genetics and Development

Office of Student ResearchCancer ImmunologyCell Biology: Membrane Traffic | Immunobiology: HTIDermatology: Skin Diseases Research Center, YaleImmunology and Immunotherapy | Molecular Virology


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.


  • Ph.D., University of London , 1971

Selected Publication

  • Dong, G., Wearsch, P.A., Peaper, D.R., Cresswell, P., Reinisch, K.M. Insights into MHC class I peptide loading from the structure of the tapasin/ERp57 heterodimer. Immunity 30(1):21-32, 2009. PMCID:2650231

Latest Honor and Recognition

  • Member, American Association of Immunologists(1976)