Dr. Rizgar A. Mageed, is Professor of Experimental Immunology at the William Harvey Research Institute, St Bartholomew’s and the Royal London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London since 2003. He is currently also an Honorary Professor at the Centre for Rheumatology and Connective Tissue Diseases, Division of Medicine at University College London.
Professor Mageed graduated from Baghdad University. He studied for and was awarded a PhD in Immunology at the Royal London Hospital Medical School, Division of Medicine at London University in 1985. He was appointed Research Fellow at the Department of Immunology, University of Birmingham Medical School in 1984 where he worked until 1990 and then joined the Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology (currently part of Oxford University), Imperial College-London as a Senior Scientist and then Senior Lecturer. Between September 1997 and September 1998, Rizgar Mageed was a Wellcome Trust Visiting Professor at the Department of Immunology and Microbiology at Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, California, USA. In 2000, Professor Mageed was awarded Arthritis Research-UK Fellowship and appointed Senior Lecturer at the Center for Rheumatology at University College London (UCL).
Professor Mageed was made Professor of Experimental Immunology in December 2002 and officially joined Queen Mary University of London in May 2003. In 2009 Professor Mageed was admitted as a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists (FRCPath) and in 2014 was admitted as an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (FRCP) of Great Britain. Professor Mageed is an internationally recognized Investigator in immunology and autoimmune diseases and an expert in the cellular, molecular and genetic aspects of autoimmune rheumatic diseases with a major focus on B lymphocytes. He is the author and joint author of and contributor to over 220 Journal Articles, Book Chapters and Conference Presentations in Immunology and Autoimmune diseases. Professor Mageed is a member of the British Society for Immunology (BSI) and the American Association of Immunologists (AAI). He serves as an editorial board member of several immunology journals.
Since 2015 Professor Mageed has been involved in setting up and establishing medical diagnostic laboratories in Iraq where he helps oversee the implementation of scientific and clinical laboratory excellence in Iraq and the Kurdistan Region of Iraq in particular.