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Staff in the Institute of Immunology and Immunotherapy

Professor David Adams

Professor David Adams

Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Head of College of Medical and Dental Sciences and Dean of Medicine
Professor of Hepatology
Director of NIHR Birmingham Liver Biomedical Research Unit

Institute of Immunology and Immunotherapy

David Adams is Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Dean of Medicine and Head of College of Medical and Dental Sciences.

The College has over 1400 staff and brings together healthcare-related research and education including medicine, dentistry, nursing, physiotherapy and biomedical sciences. He is also Director of Birmingham Health Partners, a strategic alliance between the University and the University ...

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+44 (0)121 415 8702
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d.h.adams@bham.ac.uk

Dr Simon Afford

Reader in Liver Immunopathology

Institute of Immunology and Immunotherapy

Simon Afford holds a Readership in Liver Immunopathology within the Institute of Immunology and Immunotherapy. He is an Area Lead (Immunotherapy of Liver Cancer) in the NIHR Birmingham Liver Biomedical Research Unit.

Simon has published extensively in scientific journals as well as reviews and book chapters in the fields of cellular and molecular mechanisms of hepatic inflammation. He has ...

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+44 (0)121 415 8698
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s.c.afford@bham.ac.uk

Professor Graham Anderson

Professor Graham Anderson

Professor of Experimental Immunology

Institute of Immunology and Immunotherapy

Graham Anderson is Professor of Experimental Immunology and a Theme Lead in the MRC Centre for Immune Regulation.

Graham's research focuses on T-cell development and thymus development and function, as well as the regulation of T-cell responses in lymphoid tissues. Graham has over 100 publications in scientific journals in the fields of Immunology and developmental biology. He is holder of an ...

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+44 (0)121 414 6817
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g.anderson@bham.ac.uk

Dr Dalan Bailey

Dr Dalan Bailey

Birmingham Fellow / Principal Investigator

Institute of Immunology and Immunotherapy

Dr. Dalan Bailey is a University of Birmingham Research Fellow working on the molecular biology of RNA viruses including measles, respiratory syncytial virus and more exotic pathogens such as Ebola and Nipah virus.

Dalan is particularly interested in the virus-host interactions that take place during virus entry and exit. His focus lies in characterising the interplay between these viral ...

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+44 (0)121 414 6854
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d.bailey@bham.ac.uk

Dr Peter Balfe

Dr Peter Balfe

Senior Lecturer

Institute of Immunology and Immunotherapy

Peter Balfe helped set up the Hepatitis Virus Research group at the Medical School where he's been since January 2005. His group includes 10 people at present (5 post-docs, 4 Ph. D. students and 1 technician). They occupy 3 adjoining labs on the 5th floor of the IBR building, 2 cat 3 labs and have shared access to all of the facilities in IBR Building. His group is involved in a wide range of ...

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+44 (0)121 414 8174
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p.balfe@bham.ac.uk

Dr Jorge Caamaňo

Dr Jorge Caamaňo

Reader in Cellular Immunology

Institute of Immunology and Immunotherapy

 

Jorge Caamaño is Reader in Cellular Immunology. He heads the Stroma-Immune Cell Interaction Group.

Jorge’s research focuses on secondary and tertiary lymphoid tissue development and function during immune responses and inflammation.

He has published over seventy articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals in the field of immunology, cell and developmental biology and ...

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+44 (0)121 414 4077
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j.caamano@bham.ac.uk

Dr Wayne Croft

Dr Wayne Croft

Research Fellow

Institute of Immunology and Immunotherapy

Dr Wayne Croft is an interdisciplinary research scientist with research experience working on systems biology projects bridging the disciplines of cell biology, computer science and math. His research background has focussed on cellular signalling, combining both ‘wet-lab’ experimental work with computational modelling to gain novel insights into how cells sense and respond to noisy ...

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+44(0)121 414 8849
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w.d.croft@bham.ac.uk

Professor Adam Cunningham

Professor Adam Cunningham

Professor of Functional Immunity

Institute of Immunology and Immunotherapy

Adam Cunningham is a researcher based in the College of Medical and Dental Sciences’ Institute of Immunology and Immunotherapy. In addition he is part of the vaccinology and immunomodulation theme in the newly formed cross-College Institute of Microbiology and Infection and a member of the well established MRC Centre for Immune Regulation.

Adam’s research primarily focuses on the how ...

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+44 (0)121 414 4068
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a.f.cunningham@bham.ac.uk

Dr Stuart M Curbishley

Dr Stuart M Curbishley

Senior Research Fellow

Institute of Immunology and Immunotherapy

Stuart is a liver immunologist who is closely involved in the development in novel vaccination approaches to treat hepatocellular carcinoma. In particular, his interests are in the field of immunotherapy with a focus on the use of immune cells to treat cancer. It is apparent that cancer patients with stronger anti-tumour immunity have the best prognosis. With new drugs becoming available to ...

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+44 (0)121 414 8784
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s.m.curbishley@bham.ac.uk

Dr Carmela De Santo

Dr Carmela De Santo

CRUK New Investigator Fellow

Institute of Immunology and Immunotherapy

Dr Carmela De Santo is an expert on tumour immunosuppression, and in particular on myeloid derived suppressor cells.

 

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c.desanto@bham.ac.uk

Professor Mark Drayson

Professor Mark Drayson

Professor Clinical Immunodiagnostics & Director of Clinical Immunology Service
Honorary Consultant Immunologist, University Hospital Birmingham & Heartlands Hospital, Birmingham

Institute of Immunology and Immunotherapy

Mark has directed the CIS since 2000. The service provides a unique interface between the University's substantial scientific expertise in immunology and the clinical investigation and management of blood cancers, immunodeficiency and autoimmunity in the West Midlands. Providing 500,000 immunodiagnostic tests per year for a population of five million, the CIS is in an ideal position for ...

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+44 (0)121 414 4074
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m.t.drayson@bham.ac.uk

Dr Anne Fletcher

Dr Anne Fletcher

Birmingham Fellow

Institute of Immunology and Immunotherapy

Anne Fletcher is a Birmingham Fellow and head of the Lymph Node Stromal Immunology laboratory. She has over 10 years’ specialist training in stromal immunology. Anne was recruited to the University of Birmingham in 2014 after postdoctoral training at Harvard Medical School / Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, USA and Monash University Australia. Since 2004 Anne has published over 40 ...

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+44 (0) 121 414 2268
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a.fletcher@bham.ac.uk

Dr Sylvie Freeman

Clinical Senior Lecturer in ImmunoHaematology, Consultant Haematologist

Institute of Immunology and Immunotherapy

Consultant Hematologist / Clinician Scientist (PhD and Postdoctoral training at Institute of Molecular Medicine, University of Oxford, UK)

Specialist expertise in immunophenotypic diagnosis /monitoring of hematological malignancies with particular interest in acute myeloid leukemia (AML) / myelodysplasia /leukaemic stem cell.

Established track record in characterisation of surface markers in ...

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+44 (0)121 415 8759
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s.freeman@bham.ac.uk

Professor Subrata Ghosh

Professor Subrata Ghosh

Professor of Translational Medicine
Director of the Institute of Translational Medicine

Institute of Immunology and Immunotherapy

My interest and vision are to enable and synergise scientific discoveries into rapid translation to bedside of patients for their benefit. I am especially interested in immune mediated inflammatory diseases such as Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative colitis.

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+44 (0)121 371 8047
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s.ghosh@bham.ac.uk

Dr Gideon Hirschfield

Dr Gideon Hirschfield

Senior Lecturer/Honorary Consultant Transplant Hepatologist

Institute of Immunology and Immunotherapy

Gideon is a clinician and academic with a special interest in Hepatology, including in particular autoimmune liver disease, as well as the conduct of clinical trials in liver disease generally. He is well published scientifically and clinically in his field having made important contributions to the understanding and clinical management of diseases such as primary biliary cholangitis/cirrhosis, ...

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+44 (0)121 415 8700
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g.hirschfield@bham.ac.uk

Dr Andrew Hislop

Dr Andrew Hislop

Senior Research Fellow

Institute of Immunology and Immunotherapy

Andrew Hislop is a viral immunologist with an interest in how T lymphocytes control oncogenic human viruses and how these viruses evade recognition and clearance by such immune effectors. His studies focus on Kaposi sarcoma-associated herpesvirus, Epstein-Barr virus and Merkel cell virus.

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+44 (0)121 414 7983
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a.d.hislop@bham.ac.uk

Professor Eric Jenkinson

Professor Eric Jenkinson

Director of the MRC Centre for Immune Regulation
Professor of Experimental Medicine

Institute of Immunology and Immunotherapy

Eric Jenkinson is known internationally for his work on the thymus and T cell development and for the development of novel assays which are widely used for studies in this area.

In particular his work is focused on the developmental regulation of key stromal cell populations that make up the thymus and on the thymocyte/stromal cell interactions that determine the role of the thymus in regulating ...

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+44 (0)121 414 6825
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e.j.jenkinson@bham.ac.uk

Dr William Jenkinson

Senior Lecturer

Institute of Immunology and Immunotherapy

William Jenkinson is a Senior Lecturer in immunology within the Institute of Immunology and Immunotherapy.

William’s research interests cover investigation of mechanisms controlling T-cell development and central tolerance. William is particularly interested in studying the development and function of stromal cells within the thymus, including how alterations in thymic stromal cells impact ...

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+44 (0)121 414 3634
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w.e.jenkinson@bham.ac.uk

Dr Nick Jones

Dr Nick Jones

Senior Lecturer

Institute of Immunology and Immunotherapy

Nick has a longstanding interest in dissecting the immune response to transplanted organs with a view to manipulating regulatory immune cell subsets and targeting T cell costimulatory molecules to facilitate the induction of tolerance and graft acceptance. He has published his work on the immunobiology of rejection and tolerance to foreign organ transplants in both transplant-related and general ...

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+44 (0)121 414 3923
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n.d.jones@bham.ac.uk

Dr Patricia Lalor

Dr Patricia Lalor

Senior Lecturer

Institute of Immunology and Immunotherapy

Dr Lalor is a Senior Lecturer in The Centre for Liver Research with an interest in inflammation, endothelial biology and regulation of liver metabolism.

Trish has published over 50 research papers as well as reviews and book chapters in the fields of leucocyte recruitment, endothelial biology and liver disease. Her research has been supported by research grants from The Medical Research ...

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+44 (0)121 414 6967
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p.f.lalor@bham.ac.uk

Professor Peter Lane

Professor Peter Lane

Professor of Immunology

Institute of Immunology and Immunotherapy

Professor Peter Lane is interested in the molecular and cellular basis of CD4 memory and effector function, particularly in the context of human susceptibility to autoimmune disease. Acute and chronic autoimmune diseases are a huge burden to the NHS. Checkpoint inhibitors that suppress normal mechanisms that maintain self-tolerance, have been effective in revealing CD8 driven immune responses ...

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+44 (0)121 414 4078/+44 (0)121 414 6944 (PA)
Email
p.j.l.lane@bham.ac.uk

Dr Steven Lee

Dr Steven Lee

Senior Research Fellow

Institute of Immunology and Immunotherapy

Steven Lee is a Senior Research Fellow in the Institute of Immunology and Immunotherapy. He has over 25 years experience of working on cellular immune responses to viruses and human cancer with particular emphasis on Epstein-Barr virus-associated tumours. He is an enthusiastic communicator and teacher on the theme of immune-based therapies for cancer presenting his work to both academics and the ...

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+44 (0)121 414 2803
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s.p.lee@bham.ac.uk

Dr Heather Long

Dr Heather Long

Lecturer

Institute of Immunology and Immunotherapy

Dr Heather Long is a Lecturer in Immunology in the Institute of Immunology and Immunotherapy, University of Birmingham.

Heather has published a number of research papers on the immune response to Epstein-Barr virus (EBV). Her long-term interest is in developing immune-based therapies for the treatment of EBV-associated and non virus-associated lymphomas. In particular, her group is focussed on ...

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+44 (0)121 414 6425
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h.m.long@bham.ac.uk

Dr Yuk Ting Ma

Senior Clinical Lecturer in Hepatobiliary Oncology

Institute of Immunology and Immunotherapy

Yuk Ting Ma is a Senior Clinical Lecturer in Hepatobiliary Oncology in the Institute of Immunology and Immunotherapy and an Honorary Consultant in Hepatobiliary Oncology at the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust.

Her research is focussed on understanding how epigenetic therapies may be used to reverse resistance to chemotherapy and also in understanding the immune responses ...

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+44 121 371 3571
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y.t.ma@bham.ac.uk

Professor Jane McKeating

Professor Jane McKeating

Professor of Molecular Virology

Institute of Immunology and Immunotherapy

McKeating is Professor of Molecular Virology at the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom and is Director of the Centre for Human Virology

She also holds the Hans Fischer Fellowship and visiting Professorship at Technical University of Munich. She runs a translational research programme that investigates hepatitis B and C viral pathogenesis with the aim of developing new therapies and ...

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+44 (0)121 414 8173
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j.a.mckeating@bham.ac.uk

Professor Gary Middleton

Professor Gary Middleton

Professor of Medical Oncology

Institute of Immunology and Immunotherapy

Gary Middleton is Professor of Medical Oncology at the University of Birmingham. He is the chief investigator on the National Lung Matrix Study and is also chief investigator of PePS2,  FOCUS4A, RUXSAC, TELOVAC, VIP and co-CI on TORCMEK. He sits on the Lung CSG, the NCRI advanced colorectal sub-group, the NCRI pancreatic sub-group and CTAAC. His translational interests include tumour ...

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+44 (0) 121 414 7144 (PA)
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g.middleton@bham.ac.uk

Dr Fiyaz Mohammed

Lecturer in Biomedical Structural Biology

Institute of Immunology and Immunotherapy

Fiyaz is a Lecturer in Biomedical Structural Biology in the Institute of Immunology and Immunotherapy, University of Birmingham. His research focuses on investigating immune cell surface receptor/ligand interactions relevant to cancer using X-ray crystallography. He has published a number of peer reviewed research papers on clinically relevant immune receptor recognition events including those ...

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+44 (0)121 414 2809
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f.mohammed@bham.ac.uk

Professor Paul Moss

Professor Paul Moss

Director of Research and Knowledge Transfer, Professor of Haematology

Institute of Immunology and Immunotherapy

Professor Moss is Director of Research and Knowledge Transfer at the University of Birmingham and Chairman of the Infection and Immunity Board at the Medical Research Council.  He served previously as Chair of the Cancer Research UK Clinical and Translational Research Committee. 

In this video Paul Moss describes his career to date, his passion ...

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0121 414 2824
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p.moss@bham.ac.uk

Dr Francis Mussai

Dr Francis Mussai

Clinical Senior Lecturer in Paediatric Oncology
Honorary Consultant in Paediatric Oncology
Cancer Research UK Clinician Scientist Fellow

Institute of Immunology and Immunotherapy

Francis Mussai is a Clinical Senior Lecturer in Paediatric Oncology in the Institute of Immunology and Immunotherapy and an Honorary Consultant in Paediatric Oncology at the Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

His research is focused on understanding the interaction between paediatric and adult cancers and the immune system, in particular how cancers suppress the immune response to avoid ...

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+44 (0)121 333 8728
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f.j.mussai@bham.ac.uk

Professor David Mutimer

Professor of Clinical Hepatology
Honorary Consultant Hepatologist to the QE Hospital Liver and Hepatobiliary Unit

Institute of Immunology and Immunotherapy

David Mutimer is Professor of Clinical Hepatology at the University of Birmingham and Honorary Consultant Hepatologist to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Liver and Hepatobiliary Unit, Birmingham. He is an Area Lead (Clinical Trial Infrastructure) in the NIHR Birmingham Liver Biomedical Research Unit.

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+44 (0)121 371 4660
Email
david.mutimer@uhb.nhs.uk

Professor Philip Newsome

Professor Philip Newsome

Director of the Centre for Liver Research
Professor of Experimental Hepatology and Hon Consultant Hepatologist
Head of Cell Therapy

Institute of Immunology and Immunotherapy

Philip Newsome is Professor of Experimental Hepatology and Clinical Director of the Birmingham University Stem Cell Centre. He is an Area Lead (Liver Regeneration) in the NIHR Birmingham Liver Biomedical Research Unit.

Philip has published over major research papers in scientific journals as well as reviews and book chapters in the fields of stem cell biology and liver disease. He has received ...

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+44 (0)121 415 8700/+44 (0)121 414 5614
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p.n.newsome@bham.ac.uk

Dr Ye Htun Oo

Dr Ye Htun Oo

Medical Research Council Clinician Scientist
Consultant Hepatologist

Institute of Immunology and Immunotherapy

Ye Htun Oo is a Medical Research Council Clinician Scientist at Centre for Liver Research, University of Birmingham and Honorary Consultant Hepatologist at UHB NHS Foundation Trust.

Ye is a clinical academic and his major clinical interest include liver transplantation, viral and autoimmune hepatitis. He conducts dedicated viral and autoimmune hepatitis clinics, involved in DAA clinical trials ...

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+44 (0)121 414 8700
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y.h.oo@bham.ac.uk

Dr Claire Shannon-Lowe

Dr Claire Shannon-Lowe

Virology Lecturer

Institute of Immunology and Immunotherapy

Claire Shannon-Lowe is a lecturer in virology at the Institute of Immunology and Immunotherapy.

Claire’s research primarily focuses on three key areas: The mechanism of Epstein Barr virus (EBV) entry into epithelial cells, T cells and Natural Killer cells; How EBV contributes to cancer development of these cell types; How EBV contributes to resistance to chemotherapy in these cancers. This ...

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+44 (0)121 414 6425
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c.shannonlowe@bham.ac.uk

Dr Shishir Shetty

Dr  Shishir Shetty

Wellcome Trust Intermediate Clinical Fellow
Honorary Consultant Hepatologist

Institute of Immunology and Immunotherapy

Shishir Shetty is a clinician scientist in the Centre for Liver Research/ National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Birmingham Liver Biomedical Research Unit and honorary consultant hepatologist at the Queen Elizabeth Liver Transplant Unit, Birmingham. He has received grant funding from the Wellcome Trust, the Core Charity, The Bardhan Research and Education Trust and the Rosetrees ...

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+44 (0)121 415 8700
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s.shetty@bham.ac.uk

Dr Zania Stamataki

Dr Zania Stamataki

Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellow

Institute of Immunology and Immunotherapy

Zania Stamataki is a viral immunologist with an interest in persistent infections and chronic inflammation. She has taken up a 5-year Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Research fellowship in 2011, leading to an academic position.

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+44 (0)121 414 6967
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z.stamataki@bham.ac.uk

Dr Neil Steven

Dr Neil Steven

Deputy Clinical Director, CR-UK Clinical Trials Unit
Clinical Senior Lecturer and Honorary Consultant in Medical Oncology

Institute of Immunology and Immunotherapy

Dr Steven specialises in the design and execution of clinical trials of immune therapy for malignant disease. He works as part of a multidisciplinary framework in Birmingham including the CR-UK Clinical Trials Unit (CRCTU) and the Cancer Immunology and Immunotherapy Centre. He also works with international partners. He has a particular scientific interest in the immunology of cancers carrying ...

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+44 (0)121 414 3791/+44 (0)7931 597503
Email
n.m.steven@bham.ac.uk

Dr Graham Taylor

Senior Lecturer in Tumour Immunology

Institute of Immunology and Immunotherapy

Graham is a Senior Lecturer/Senior Research Fellow with an interest in viral and cancer immunology and immunotherapy. Graham's work has led to a therapeutic cancer vaccine that has undergone testing in several clinical trials. 

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+44 (0)121 414 6425
Email
g.s.taylor@bham.ac.uk

Dr Kai-Michael Toellner

Dr Kai-Michael Toellner

Reader in Adaptive Immunity

Institute of Immunology and Immunotherapy

Kai Toellner is Reader in Adaptive Immunity at the Institute of Immunology and Immunotherapy and the Cancer and Immunology & Immunotherapy Centre Birmingham. He studies how lymphocytes differentiate in response to pathogens or vaccines, and how this leads to the generation of protective antibodies and long term immune memory. He has published over 70 research papers in international journals ...

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+44 (0)121 415 8687
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k.m.toellner@bham.ac.uk

Dr Chris Weston

Dr Chris Weston

Senior Research Fellow

Institute of Immunology and Immunotherapy

Chris Weston is a post-doctoral research fellow based in the Centre for Liver Research who has received grant funding from the MRC and the Wellcome Trust.

His research focus is the regulation of immune mediated injury and fibrosis in the human liver, with a view to establish the role that amine oxidases such as vascular adhesion protein-1 (VAP-1) and the lysyl oxidase family (LOX, LOXL1-4) play ...

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+44 (0)121 415 8784
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c.j.weston@bham.ac.uk

Professor Benjamin Willcox

Professor Benjamin Willcox

Professor of Molecular Immunology

Institute of Immunology and Immunotherapy

Ben Willcox is Professor of Molecular Immunology based at the Cancer Research UK Cancer Centre in the Institute of Immunology and Immunotherapy.

Ben leads an active research group in the field of cancer immunology and immunotherapy, with a focus on understanding immune receptor recognition. His recent work focuses on novel tumour antigens and unconventional T cell function, particularly in ...

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+44 (0)121 414 9533
Email
b.willcox@bham.ac.uk

Dr David Withers

Dr David Withers

Wellcome Trust Research Fellow

Institute of Immunology and Immunotherapy

David Withers is a Wellcome Trust funded Research Fellow

Research in the Withers Lab is focused on understanding how memory CD4 T cell responses are generated and maintained. At present we are particularly interested in the role of RORgt-expressing group 3 Innate Lymphoid Cells within secondary lymphoid tissue.

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+44 (0)121 414 3634
Email
d.withers@bham.ac.uk

Professor David Cameron Wraith

Professor David Cameron Wraith

Professor of Immunology
Director of the Institute of Immunology and Immunotherapy

Institute of Immunology and Immunotherapy

David Wraith is an immunologist who has worked in the field of T cell biology for over 35 years. He is best known for his ground-breaking work on autoimmunity and immunotherapy. His research team has revealed mechanisms whereby autoreactive T-cells escape deletion in the thymus and thus appear in the repertoire of all individuals. He also demonstrated that autoreactive T-cells can be silenced by ...

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+44 (0)121 414 7934/+44 (0)121 414 3454 (PA)
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d.wraith@bham.ac.uk