Professor Jeffrey W. Pollard is Director of the Medical Research Council Centre for Reproductive Health and Professor of Resilience Biology at the University of Edinburgh. He holds a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award and is a Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator. Professor Pollard received his PhD at Imperial Cancer Research Fund (now CRUK) in London, UK, followed by a post-doc at the Ontario Cancer Institute in Toronto before taking a Lectureship at King’s College University of London. Thereafter he was at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York for over 24 years finally as the Louis Goldstein Swann Chair in Women’s Health, Deputy Director of the Cancer Center and Director of the Center for the Study of Reproductive Biology and Women’s Health. He still continues to run a lab at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine where he holds the Louis Goldstein Swann Chair in Women’s Health.
His research is in women’s reproductive health with an emphasis on the mechanisms of action of female sex steroid hormones in controlling cell proliferation and on the role of macrophages in the tumour microenvironment. For his studies he was elected as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences (AAAS) in 2011, Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2015 and Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2016. He has received several awards most notably the American Cancer Society “Medal of Honor for Basic Science Research” for his studies in tumour immunology.