Sectional Committees

Sectional Committees assess candidates nominated to the Fellowship and make recommendations for election.

Sectional Committee 1

Physics, chemistry, biochemistry, structural biology, mathematical sciences including statistics, informatics, imaging and engineering applied to biomedicine

  • Dr Harren Jhoti (Chair)
  • Professor Jason Chin
  • Professor Neil Ferguson
  • Dr Roman Hovorka
  • Professor Eileen Ingham
  • Professor Susan Lea
  • Dr Sarah Teichmann

Sectional Committee 2

Cellular and developmental biology, microbiology and immunology, genetics

  • Professor Dan Davis (Chair)
  • Professor Gurdyal Besra
  • Professor Frances Brodsky
  • Professor Anne Cooke
  • Professor Paul Farrell
  • Professor Clare Isacke
  • Professor Andrew Jackson
  • Professor Janet Lord
  • Professor Laura Machesky
  • Professor Keith Matthews
  • Professor Jonathan Slack
  • Professor Nicole Soranzo


Sectional Committee 3

Neuroscience (including neurology and neurosurgery), physiology, pharmacological sciences

  • Professor Barbara Sahakian (Chair)
  • Professor John Aggleton
  • Professor Roger Barker
  • Professor Philip Bath
  • Professor Seth Grant
  • Professor Linda Greensmith
  • Professor Giovanna Mallucci
  • Professor Peter McNaughton
  • Professor Graeme Milligan
  • Dame Pamela Shaw
  • Professor Sarah Tabrizi


Sectional Committee 4

Medical and veterinary specialties (excluding oncology, neurology) and paediatrics

  • Professor Martin Bennett (Chair)
  • Professor David Adams
  • Professor Elaine Dzierzak
  • Professor Ian Hall
  • Professor Andrew Loudon
  • Professor Kathryn Maitland
  • Professor John McMurray
  • Professor Sarah Rowland-Jones
  • Professor Steven Sacks
  • Professor Rhian Touyz
  • Professor Sir Doug Turnbull
  • Professor Brian Walker


Sectional Committee 5

Surgery, anaesthesia, oncology, clinical pathologies, radiology, oral health, ophthalmology, reproductive health

  • Professor Irene Tracey (Chair)
  • Professor Jane Apperley
  • Professor Phillip Bennett
  • Professor Andrew Biankin
  • Professor Graeme Black
  • Professor Mike Curtis
  • Professor Steve Halligan
  • Professor Christine Harrison


Sectional Committee 6

Psychiatry, psychology and mental health, behavioural science, genomics,  epidemiology, clinical trials, population health sciences and global health

  • Professor Tim Peters (Chair)
  • Professor Clive Ballard
  • Professor Tony David
  • Professor Ian Goodyer
  • Professor David Gunnell
  • Professor Neil Pearce
  • Professor Jill Pell
  • Professor Edmund Sonuga-Barke
  • Professor Paula Williamson


Sectional Committee 7 

Primary care, health services research, health informatics, health improvement, social sciences, humanities, law, policy, communication or leadership as applied to health or biomedical science

  • Professor Dame Jessica Corner (Chair)
  • Professor Sheila Bird
  • Professor John Brazier
  • Professor Trisha Greenhalgh
  • Professor Irene Higginson
  • Professor Alison Holmes
  • Professor Susan Jebb
  • Professor Aziz Sheikh


Sectional Committee 8

Individuals primarily based in the commercial sector including, but not limited to, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, devices, diagnostics and digital technology industries

  • Professor Caroline Savage (Chair)
  • Professor Bent Jakobsen
  • Professor Trevor Jones
  • Dr Fiona Marshall
  • Dr David Roblin

















With a view to balancing out the number of candidates going through each of the committees Council members approved changes to the structure of Sectional Committees at the 2010 April Council meeting. For further information contact

A list of previous Sectional Committee Chairs can be found here

We have produced a briefing note on unconscious bias for committees electing new Fellows.



Explore more about the Academy

2018 FORUM Annual Lecture - ‘Transforming healthcare through engineering and technology’

Book Now

Reproducibility: Crisis or opportunity? webinar with Professor Marcus Munafo

Book Now

Mentoring Masterclass, Cambridge

Book Now
View more
FB Twitter Instagram Youtube