Director-General

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

Link to the Tumor Virology lab on Twitter

Updates from the DG:

Dr. Lawrence Banks attends the farewell ceremony for Dr. Phil Mjwara.

A salute to international partnering in Africa

On 25 April 2024, Lawrence Banks was in Pretoria to attend the farewell ceremony for Dr. Phil Mjwara, stepping down as Director-General of the Department of Science and Innovation, Government of South Africa.
Dr. Anmol Chandele, Group Leader, ICGEB-EMORY Vaccine Program, ICGEB New Delhi, India

Science to Society: the strength of ICGEB

A major goal of ICGEB is to ensure that the fruits of modern molecular biology and biotechnology reach our populations and improve society and well-being in all of our Member countries.
Dr. Lawrence Banks with Dr. Muganga Didas Kayihura - Vice Chancellor - University of Rwanda

Latest Missions take in Rwanda, Libya, and Nigeria

In the last quarter, the Management and Principal Investigators of ICGEB have carried out missions to Member States to enhance collaboration and further customise our actions to address national priorities.
"The ICGEB is an incredibly close-knit community - everything we do is intimately dependent upon the support and effort of all our colleagues."

ICGEB enters its 5th decade

“The ICGEB is an incredibly close-knit community – everything we do is intimately dependent upon the support and effort of all our colleagues.”
High level delegations from the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs visits ICGEB

“Together for the SDGs”

The theme of the campaign launched by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs saw Trieste as protagonist this week, culminating with the visit of the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Edmondo Cirielli.