Director of the Bristol Institute for Transfusion Sciences
NHS Blood and Transplant, University of Bristol
Dave's research focuses on human erythropoiesis particularly the structure and function of the human red blood cell and the generation of red cells in laboratory culture.
He obtained his PhD from the Department of Biochemistry, University of Bristol. He was employed as a Research Scientist at the South West Regional Blood Transfusion Centre before being appointed Director of the WHO International Blood Group Reference Laboratory in 1987. The Bristol Institute for Transfusion Sciences, an affiliated Institute of the University of Bristol was formed in 1996 to promote research and teaching in Transfusion Sciences.
He has published 197 scientific papers and co-authored two text books (Applied Blood Group Serology with Peter Issitt,1998; Mollison’s Blood Transfusion in Clinical Medicine with Harvey Klein, 2005 and 2014). He has received numerous honours and awards including the Presidential Award of the International Society of Blood Transfusion (2004), The James Blundell Award of the British Blood Transfusion Society (2003) and the Emiley Cooley Award of the American Association of Blood banks (1997).
Within the project his research focusses on the maturation of erythroid cells generated in culture from pluripotent stem cells.
His work is funded by the Wellcome Trust, the National Institute for Health Research and the Department of Health (England).