Professor Nigel Patrick Groome

Date of birth: 17th March 1948

Oxford Brookes University award presentation ceremony (2008).

June 2018

My career has been based on a particular practical skill of generating unique antibody research tools. I interacted with many excellent research groups around the world and thus amplified the impact of my own contribution into areas of clinical practice where I had no personal expertise.

It has been a pleasure to train others to make antibodies and then to see those antibodies turned into routine tools in hospitals and used for medical research.

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790), diplomat, scientist and inventor said that man is a “tool making animal” and medical research and clinical practice always depends on the tools available. Universities are preeminent for generating tools and know how but it is largely public and private commercial organisations who can manufacture products and get them to where they are needed. Universities and industry can form very productive synergistic relationships without compromising academic research goals and publication.

I enjoyed working at Brookes University and believe that in teaching, research and in the generation and exploitation of IP the relationship has been beneficial to both sides. The royalty income to the University from my products has been steadily increasing in recent times and it seems likely this will continue into the foreseeable future. It pleases me that tens of millions of women around the world have already had inhibin A or B tests or AMH tests originating at Brookes University, done on their blood for prenatal screening or infertility investigations. I would like to continue my association with Brookes so long as I can contribute and remain in good health.

I retired from Oxford Brookes University in April 2008 having worked there for 30 years.

Nigel Groome
(Emeritus Professor Oxford Brookes University)


Dame Katherine Grainger on Professor Nigel Groome’s research | Oxford Brookes University

Dame Katherine is the University Chancellor and is a rower with more Olympic medals than any other women.

REF2021 Impact Case Studies

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Oxford Brookes submitted two research impact case studies based on my work.

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Who is Professor Nigel Groome?


1969 BSc (honours) Birmingham University, Biochemistry

1970 MSc Birmingham University, Virology

1975 PhD London University, Virology

1978 MSc London University, Immunology


1970-1978 Lecturer in biochemistry, Bromley College of Technology, Kent

1978-1985 Senior Lecturer, Oxford Polytechnic

1985-1992 Reader, Oxford Polytechnic

1992-2008 Professor of Applied Immunology, Oxford Polytechnic/Oxford Brookes University

2008- Emeritus Professor Brookes University Oxford

2010-2011 Director of Monoclonal antibody laboratory Anshlabs LLC Houston TX


Biochemistry, immunology and aspects of microbiology.

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