Lawrence Banks received his Degree in Science in 1981 and his PhD in Microbiology from Leeds University, UK in 1984. His term as Director-General of the ICGEB commenced on 1 July, 2019. Scientific Coordinator of the ICGEB from 2016 – June 2019 he has been Group Leader of the Tumour Virology Laboratory at ICGEB Trieste, Italy since 1990. From 1988-1990 he was an independent Research Scientist at the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research in London, UK and from 1984-1988, Post-doctoral Fellow at the Imperial Cancer Research Fund in London, UK.

He is Editor of the Journal of Virology, FEBS Journal, Papillomavirus Research, PLoS One, Frontiers Cellular Infection and Microbiology and is on the Editorial Boards of Antiviral Therapy, Virus Research and Biological Chemistry. Since 2017 he has been running Awareness Workshops in Academic Institutions across the ICGEB constituency and has organised over 15 major international workshops on Human Papillomavirus, Molecular Biology of Leishmania and DNA Tumor Viruses.

He has served on Grant Review and PhD Examination Committees of numerous scientific organisations in Italy and abroad, including the Human Frontiers Science Program, DKFZ, and WHO IARC, and is Research Degree Coordinator in Italy for the Open University UK. His current research interest focuses on Human Papillomaviruses (HPVs), the causative agents of a number of human tumours, including cervical cancer, which is a major cause of cancer-related death in women in many parts of the developing world.

His research activity is funded internationally through grants from public and private bodies, including the “Associazione Italiana per la Ricerca sul Cancro” AIRC and the Wellcome Trust. He has published over 220 papers in peer-reviewed, international journals. 

During his mandate he will focus on continuing to drive the Organisation’s transparent managerial structure, expanding interaction in the biotech sector in ICGEB Member States, advancing scientific research of the laboratories in Trieste, New Delhi and Cape Town and contributing to advanced education of young scientists to promote science and technology-intensive solutions to improve the quality of life.

Research Activity

Molecular biology of Human Papillomaviruses: virus entry pathways and induction of malignancy

Biographical information

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Bank's lab on twitter

Tumor Virology Lab

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Updates from the DG:

ICGEB mission to Turkey

The Director-General, Dr. Lawrence Banks and a delegation from the ICGEB Headquarters in Trieste, Italy visited Turkey in March, 2022 to set the ground for an ICGEB RRC in Turkey.

ICGEB mission to Argentina and Peru

Director-General, Lawrence Banks heads a delegation from ICGEB HQ in Trieste, Italy to visit partner institutes in Member States Argentina and Peru in March, 2022.

From the Director-General

As international networking resumed, delegations from ICGEB HQ have been to India to consolidate renewed collaboration and expansion, to the Middle East, and, this week, will be in Member States in South America.
Lawrence Banks, Director-General meets Rajesh Gokhale, Secretary @DBT , with Dinakar Salunke, Director @ICGEBNewDelhi ; consolidating operations and collaborations with the Government of India and ICGEB

Director-General’s mission to India

The Director-General, Lawrence Banks and a delegation from ICGEB Headquarters in Trieste, Italy is back visiting ICGEB New Delhi this week after a two-year hiatus.

From the Director-General

Reverting, with regret, to remote seasonal greetings, Lawrence Banks summed up the year and delivered his vision for the future to the ICGEB community in December 2021.

From the Director-General

This month, from Cape Town, South Africa, Lawrence Banks, following the session of the Council of Scientific Advisers, set upon a tour of Universities in Limpopo, Venda, and Walter Sisulu (Eastern Cape).