We are delighted to report that Corpus Fellow Professor Pawel Swietach has been elected to membership of the Academia Europaea. 

The Academia Europaea is the Pan-European Academy of Sciences, Humanities and Letters, founded in 1988 as an initiative of the Royal Society to co-ordinate European interests in national research agencies. Its 5,500 members across Europe are leading experts from the physical sciences and technology, biological sciences and medicine, mathematics, the letters and humanities, social and cognitive sciences, economics and the law. Pawel has joined the Physiology and Neuroscience section of the Academy.

Pawel holds a joint appointment between the University, as a professor in the Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics, and Corpus, as the Handa Fellow.  He says: " I am fascinated by how a collection of various chemical components in a cell can produce biological life under the constraints of physical laws. This is why I am a physiologist. In this ‘post-genomic era’, there is a timely need to understand how biological functions emerge from genes. This is the remit of physiology, my research niche." In 2017, he began two research programmes: one on the role of acid handling and sensing in cancer, with a focus on colorectal cancer, and the other on how acid-base balance is altered in failing hearts."

On hearing of his election, he said: "This election means the world to me. It shows that the research we undertake in DPAG is recognised as important by my colleagues, mentors, and science-heroes. This honour gives me motivation to carry on, with more energy and devotion. I dedicate this achievement to my mother and my late father; it would not have been possible without their love and support."