Jonathan Friedland

Professor Jonathan Samuel Friedland is a British physician and medical researcher who is Deputy Principal (research and enterprise) and Professor of Infectious Diseases at St George's, University of London.

Early life and education

Jonathan Friedland is the son of Albert and Rosalind Friedland. He was educated at St Paul's School, London before going on to study medicine at Corpus Christi, University of Cambridge and King's College Hospital. He underwent junior training posts at Royal Brompton Hospital, Royal Postgraduate Medical School and John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford. Friedland completed a Clinical Research Fellowship funded by the Medical Research Council at St George's, University of London.


Friedland was appointed Senior Lecturer at Royal Postgraduate Medical School and Honorary Consultant in Infectious Disease at the Hammersmith Hospital in 1994. In 2004, he was appointed Professor of Infectious Diseases and Head of Infectious Diseases and Immunity at the Royal Postgraduate Medical School later Imperial College London, becoming Director (formerly Dean), Hammersmith campus, Imperial College London in 2010.. Friedland had an active clinical practice as Honorary Consultant in Infectious Diseases and Medicine, Imperial College Healthcare (formerly Hammersmith Hospitals) NHS Trust (1994-2018).. In April 2018 Friedland was appointed Deputy Principal (research and enterprise) and Professor of Infectious Diseases at St George's, University of London and took up the position in September 2018.

He is a commissioner on the Commission on Human Medicines since 2014 and Chair of the Expert Advisory Group on Infection, MHRA, since 2015. He was President of the British Infection Association, from 2007–09, and a Member of the Medical Research Council Clinical Training and Career Development Panel, 2009–13. He served on the Joint Committee for Vaccination and Immunisation (2005–13), and the Chief Medical Officer’s National Expert Panel on New and Emerging Infections (2007–12).


Friedland's research is focused on innate immune response, and particularly the role of matrix metalloproteinases, in the immunopathology of tuberculosis and the development of novel therapeutic approaches. He also has a research interest in migrant health as well as in new TB diagnostics. Friedland has published over 200 peer reviewed papers, invited editorials and reviews as well as 3 books.


In 2005 his Research team won the Medical Futures Innovations Award for best overall innovation. In 2005, Friedland was awarded the Royal College of Physicians Weber-Parkes Prize Medal for research in tuberculosis. He was elected Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2008 and a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland in 2010. In 2017, he was awarded an inaugural Fellowship of the European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases.


Friedland lists chess as a pastime in an interview for The Lancet. Friedland was the Cambridge University Chess Champion in 1978, and represented Cambridge in the 97th-99th Varsity Chess Matches (1979-1981). He was awarded 'Best Cambridge Game' for his match in the 98th. In 2004 Friedland achieved the title of Candidate Master (CM) and won the Chess Blitz Championship Gold Medal in the 2018 Mind Sports Olympiad

Personal life

Friedland lives in London with his wife and their 2 children.