Professor Emeritus at Newcastle University (UK), and Professor of Biogerontology at the University of Copenhagen
Thomas Kirkwood is Professor Emeritus at Newcastle University (where he was Professor of Medicine and Dean for Ageing), and Professor of Biogerontology at the University of Copenhagen. Educated in biology and mathematics at Cambridge and Oxford, he worked at the National Institute for Medical Research, where he formed and led a new research division, until in 1993 he became Professor of Biological Gerontology at the University of Manchester. His research is focused on the basic science of ageing and on understanding how genes as well as non-genetic factors, such as nutrition, influence longevity and health in old age. Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences and Senior Investigator of the UK National Institute for Health Research, Prof Kirkwood has been President of the AXA Research Fund Scientific Board since January 1st 2013.