News

Nobel prize winning alumnus Sir Peter Ratcliffe to speak at Queen Mary

Nobel Prize winning alumnus Sir Peter Ratcliffe is coming to Queen Mary to speak about his award and his time at St Bartholomew's Hospital Medical College.

29 January 2020

Sir Peter Ratcliffe
Sir Peter Ratcliffe

The event, which is student-led and hosted by Barts and The London Students' Association, will take place on Thursday 30 January at the Robin Brook Centre.

Sir Peter began his studies at Cambridge University and then moved to one of Queen Mary’s founding institutions - St Bartholomew’s Hospital Medical School - where he qualified as a doctor in 1978.

He was jointly awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2019 for discovering how cells sense and adapt to changing oxygen availability and identifying molecular machinery that regulates the activity of genes in response to varying levels of oxygen.

This prestigious and world famous prize was shared between Sir Peter, William Kaelin Jr and Gregg Semenza.

The three Nobel laureates established the basis for our understanding of how oxygen levels affect cellular metabolism and physiological function. Their discoveries have also paved the way for promising new strategies to fight anaemia, cancer and many other diseases.

The event, which is now sold out, is part of Barts and The London Week which is a collection of events and exhibitions celebrating the diverse community and rich history of Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry. 

More information: