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Malcolm Kennedy

Professor of Natural History, University of Glasgow

Malcolm Kennedy is the Professor of Natural History at the University of Glasgow. He began as a zoology undergraduate, turned to parasitology as a postgraduate at the University of Glasgow, became an immunologist working on B cells at the National Institute of Medical Research in London, before returning to Glasgow as a recipient of a Wellcome Trust University Award. He then worked on the immunology, immunogenetics and biophysics of nematode parasites and their proteins, before branching out to a wide range of other ventures including the molecular and structural biology of the special proteins in the foam nests of tropical frogs, the protein that makes the sweat of horses froth when they exercise, and the remarkable protein that is specialised to feed the pre-placentation conceptus of horses. Unable to prevent curiosity redirecting his attention, he continues to pursue projects on the proteins of parasitic nematodes of all sorts, the allergens of house dust mites, and even the nesting behaviour of foam-nesting tropical frogs and turtles, while also investigating the milk of a wide range of mammals, giant pandas and Atlantic grey seals in particular.


  • –present
    Professor of Natural History, University of Glasgow


  • 1979 
    University of Glasgow, PhD immunoparasitology
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