Professor Paul Moss OBE FMedSci MB.BS PhD FRCPath

Professor Paul Moss

Institute of Immunology and Immunotherapy
Deputy Head of College of Medical and Dental Sciences
Professor of Haematology

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Institute of Immunology and Immunotherapy
University of Birmingham
Cancer Sciences Building
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2TT
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Paul Moss is Professor of Haematology within the Institute of Immunology and Immunotherapy at the University of Birmingham and Deputy Head of the College of Medical and Dental Sciences. He is an international figure in translational human immunology and an NIHR Senior Investigator. He was previously Chair of the Infection and Immunity Board at the Medical Research Council and also served as Chair of the Clinical and Translational Research Committee at Cancer Research UK.

Professor Moss led the UK Coronavirus Immunology Consortium (UK-CIC) that brought together leading immunologists from 20 UK universities to understand the immune response to SARS-CoV-2. UK-CIC launched in August 2020 with £6.5 million funding from UKRI and NIHR. It aimed to determine the mechanisms of virus-specific immunity and how these relate to clinical outcome in different patient groups. Published research support by UK-CIC can be viewed online.

He is currently leading the immunity strand of the COVID-19 National Core Studies Programme, initiated by Sir Patrick Vallance in October 2020, that supports research to improve our understanding of immunity against COVID-19.

As well as publishing in leading journals, including Nature, Blood and the European Journal of Immunology, Professor Moss's research has featured in the Financial Times, BBC News and The Economist.

Qualifications

  • M.A. Medical Sciences (University of Cambridge)
  • B.M. B.S. (University of Oxford)
  • Member of Royal College of Physicians UK
  • Fellow of Royal College of Pathologists
  • Ph.D
  • Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences
  • Order of the British Empire (OBE)

Teaching

Teaching Programmes

Teaching Activity

Professor Moss makes substantial contributions to teaching both within the University of Birmingham and beyond. He was previously Programme Director of the Intercalated Bachelor in Medical Sciences (Clinical Sciences) which offered medical students the opportunity to undertake an eight month research project during their undergraduate degree.

Research

Research Themes

Professor Moss’s research programme is based around the immunology of cancer, transplantation and viral infection. His team has an internationally competitive position in cytomegalovirus infection; bone marrow transplantation and cancer immunology. 

Research Activity

Professor Moss’s research is focussed around the application of translational immunological research in the study of human disease. His current research group includes clinical and non-clinical research scientists working on a range of different projects:

The immune response to cancer

The group study the innate, adaptive and stromal response in several human cancers, including leukaemia and lymphoma, as well as pancreatic, ovarian and testicular cancer. Important technologies include flow sorting, CyTOF and single cell RNA-Seq.

Immune control of human viral infection

With over 20 years of contribution within cytomegalovirus infection, the team continue to investigate the mechanisms and impact of chronic viral infection on human health. In recent years, Professor Moss has been making an extensive contribution to research related to the SARS-CoV-2 virus. 

Mechanisms of graft-versus-leukaemia following stem cell transplantation

Stem cell (bone marrow) transplantation can cure chemo-resistant cancer and the team are working with colleagues within the College of Medical and Dental Sciences to uncover the mechanisms of this effect.

Additional research is undertaken with Professor Tatjana Stankovic on the genetics of Chronic Lymphocytic Leukaemia and with colleagues within University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust on research using clinical informatics.

Professor Moss's work is supported by research programme grants and collaborations with industry. Several of his discoveries have been taken into clinical trials.

Professor Moss was a member of the UoA1 panel (Clinical Medicine) in REF 2021 and is on the Scientific Advisory Board for the MATWIN cancer open-innovation platform in France. 

Other activities

Clinical Activity/NHS Affiliation

Professor Moss is an Honorary Consultant at the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust. His primary interests are in haemato-oncology and general haematology and he is the Clinical Service Lead for Chronic Lymphocytic Leukaemia. He became an NIHR Senior Investigator in 2018.

He is currently Chair of the UK Regenerative Medicine Platform. He is also Chair of the Innovate/MRC Biomedical Catalyst Major Awards Panel.

In addition he has previously held a number of important academic appointments:

  • Chair of the Infections and Immunity Board and member of Strategy Board at the Medical Research Council
  • Chair of the Cancer Research UK (CRUK) Clinical and Translational Research Committee (2008-2012)
  • Member of the Wellcome Trust Clinical Interview Committee

Publications

Recent publications

Article

Tut, G, Lancaster, T, Sylla, P, Butler, MS, Kaur, N, Spalkova, E, Bentley, C, Amin, U, Jadir, A, Hulme, S, Ayodele, M, Bone, D, Tut, E, Moss, P, Krutikov, M, Giddings, R, Shrotri, M, Azmi, B, Fuller, C, Baynton, V, Irwin-Singer, A, Hayward, A, Copas, A, Shallcross, L & Moss, P 2022, 'Antibody and cellular immune responses following dual COVID-19 vaccination within infection-naive residents of long-term care facilities: an observational cohort study', The Lancet Healthy Longevity, vol. 3, no. 7, pp. e461-e469. https://doi.org/10.1016/S2666-7568(22)00118-0

Dowell, AC, Butler, MS, Jinks, E, Tut, G, Lancaster, T, Sylla, P, Begum, J, Bruton, R, Pearce, H, Verma, K, Logan, N, Tyson, G, Spalkova, E, Margielewska-Davies, S, Taylor, GS, Syrimi, E, Baawuah, F, Beckmann, J, Okike, IO, Ahmad, S, Garstang, J, Brent, AJ, Brent, B, Ireland, G, Aiano, F, Amin-Chowdhury, Z, Jones, S, Borrow, R, Linley, E, Wright, J, Azad, R, Waiblinger, D, Davis, C, Thomson, EC, Palmarini, M, Willett, BJ, Barclay, WS, Poh, J, Amirthalingam, G, Brown, KE, Ramsay, ME, Zuo, J, Moss, P & Ladhani, S 2022, 'Children develop robust and sustained cross-reactive spike-specific immune responses to SARS-CoV-2 infection', Nature Immunology, vol. 23, no. 1, pp. 40-49. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41590-021-01089-8

Parry, H, Moss, P, Stephens, C, Bentley, C, Brown, K, Amirthalingam, G, Hallis, B, Otter, A, Zuo, J & Moss, P 2022, 'Extended interval BNT162b2 vaccination enhances peak antibody generation', NPJ vaccines, vol. 7, no. 1, 14. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41541-022-00432-w

Parry, H, McIlroy, G, Moss, P, Damery, S, Tyson, G, Logan, N, Davis, C, Willett, B, Zuo, J, Ali, M, Kaur, M, Stephens, C, Brant, D, Otter, A, McSkeane, T, Rolfe, H, Faustini, S, Richter, A, Lee, S, Wandroo, F, Shafeek, S, Pratt, G, Paneesha, S & Moss, P 2022, 'Impaired neutralisation of SARS-CoV-2 delta variant in vaccinated patients with B cell chronic lymphocytic leukaemia', Journal of Hematology and Oncology, vol. 15, no. 1, 3. https://doi.org/10.1186/s13045-021-01219-7

Greenwood, D, Taverner, T, Adderley, NJ, Price, M, Gokhale, K, Sainsbury, C, Gallier, S, Welch, C, Sapey, E, Murray, D, Fanning, H, Ball, S, Nirantharakumar, K, Croft, W & Moss, P 2022, 'Machine learning of COVID-19 clinical data identifies population structures with therapeutic potential', iScience, vol. 25, no. 7, 104480. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.isci.2022.104480

Dowell, AC, Powell, AA, Davis, C, Scott, S, Logan, N, Willett, BJ, Bruton, R, Ayodele, M, Jinks, E, Gunn, J, Spalkova, E, Sylla, P, Nicol, SM, Zuo, J, Ireland, G, Okike, I, Baawuah, F, Beckmann, J, Ahmad, S, Garstang, J, Brent, AJ, Brent, B, White, M, Collins, A, Davis, F, Lim, M, Cohen, J, Kenny, J, Linley, E, Poh, J, Amirthalingam, G, Brown, K, Ramsay, ME, Azad, R, Wright, J, Waiblinger, D, Moss, P & Ladhani, SN 2022, 'mRNA or ChAd0x1 COVID-19 Vaccination of Adolescents Induces Robust Antibody and Cellular Responses With Continued Recognition of Omicron Following mRNA-1273', Frontiers in immunology, vol. 13, 882515. https://doi.org/10.3389/fimmu.2022.882515

Parry, H, McIlroy, G, Bruton, R, Ali, M, Stephens, C, Damery, S, Otter, A, McSkeane, T, Rolfe, H, Faustini, S, Wall, N, Hillmen, P, Pratt, G, Paneesha, S, Zuo, J, Richter, A & Moss, P 2021, 'Antibody responses after first and second Covid-19 vaccination in patients with chronic lymphocytic leukaemia', Blood Cancer Journal, vol. 11, no. 7, 136. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41408-021-00528-x

Malladi, R, Ahmed, I, McIlroy, G, Dignan, FL, Protheroe, R, Jackson, A, Moss, P, Nunnick, J, Siddique, S, Bishop, R, Elhaneid, M, Hodgkinson, A & Craddock, C 2021, 'Azacitidine for the treatment of steroid-refractory chronic graft-versus-host disease: the results of the phase II AZTEC clinical trial', Bone Marrow Transplantation, vol. 56, no. 12, pp. 2948-2955. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41409-021-01439-y

Wood, H, Acharjee, A, Pearce, H, Quraishi, MN, Powell, R, Rossiter, A, Beggs, A, Ewer, A, Moss, P & Toldi, G 2021, 'Breastfeeding promotes early neonatal regulatory T-cell expansion and immune tolerance of non-inherited maternal antigens', Allergy. https://doi.org/10.1111/all.14736

Parry, H, Bruton, R, Stephens, C, Brown, K, Amirthalingam, G, Otter, A, Hallis, B, Zuo, J & Moss, P 2021, 'Differential immunogenicity of BNT162b2 or ChAdOx1 vaccines after extended-interval homologous dual vaccination in older people', Immunity & Ageing, vol. 18, no. 1, 34. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12979-021-00246-9

Parry, H, Bruton, R, Tut, G, Ali, M, Stephens, C, Greenwood, D, Faustini, S, Hughes, S, Huissoon, A, Meade, R, Brown, K, Amirthalingam, G, Otter, A, Hallis, B, Richter, A, Zuo, J & Moss, P 2021, 'Immunogenicity of single vaccination with BNT162b2 or ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 at 5–6 weeks post vaccine in participants aged 80 years or older: an exploratory analysis', The Lancet Healthy Longevity, vol. 2, no. 9, pp. e554-e560. https://doi.org/10.1016/S2666-7568(21)00169-0

Letter

Parry, H, Bruton, R, Roberts, T, Mcilroy, G, Damery, S, Sylla, P, Dowell, AC, Tut, G, Lancaster, T, Bone, D, Willett, B, Logan, N, Scott, S, Hulme, S, Jadir, A, Amin, U, Nicol, S, Stephens, C, Faustini, S, Al-taei, S, Richter, A, Blakeway, D, Verma, K, Margielewska-davies, S, Pearce, H, Pratt, G, Zuo, J, Paneesha, S & Moss, P 2022, 'COVID-19 vaccines elicit robust cellular immunity and clinical protection in chronic lymphocytic leukemia', Cancer Cell, vol. 40, no. 6, pp. 584-586. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ccell.2022.05.001

Ebanks, D, Faustini, S, Shields, A, Parry, H, Moss, P, Plant, T, Richter, A & Drayson, M 2021, 'Cross reactivity of serological response to SARS-CoV-2 vaccination with viral variants of concern detected by lateral flow immunoassays', Journal of Infection, vol. 83, no. 4, pp. e18-e20. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jinf.2021.07.020

Banham, G, Godlee, A, Faustini, S, Cunningham, A, Richter, A, Harper, L, Backhouse, C, Casey, A, Dunbar, L, Emmanuel, B, Fahy, M, Moss, P, Nightingale, P, Ratcliffe, L & Stringer, S 2021, 'Hemodialysis patients make long-lived antibodies against SARSCOV-2 that may be associated with reduced reinfection', Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, vol. 32, no. 9, pp. 2140-2142. https://doi.org/10.1681/ASN.2021020188

Preprint

Dowell, A, Butler, MS, Jinks, E, Tut, G, Lancaster, T, Sylla, P, Begum, J, Bruton, R, Pearce, H, Verma, K, Logan, N, Tyson, G, Spalkova, E, Margielewska-Davies, S, Taylor, G, Syrimi, E, Baawuah, F, Beckmann, J, Okike, I, Ahmad, S, Garstang, J, Brent, AJ, Brent, B, Ireland, G, Aiano, F, Amin-Chowdhury, Z, Jones, S, Borrow, R, Linley, E, Wright, J, Azad, R, Waiblinger, D, Davis, C, Thomson, E, Palmarini, M, Willett, BJ, Barclay, WS, Poh, J, Saliba, V, Amirthalingam, G, Brown, KE, Ramsay, ME, Zuo, J, Moss, P & Ladhani, S 2021 'Children develop strong and sustained cross-reactive immune responses against Spike protein following SARS-CoV-2 infection, with enhanced recognition of variants of concern' medRxiv. https://doi.org/10.1101/2021.04.12.21255275

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Expertise

Cancer 

Immune response to cancer; immunity to viruses and related health problems; evolution in clinical medicine.

SARS-CoV-2 

Immune response; vaccinations.

Media experience

Multiple national and international media have quoted Professor Moss, including BBC News, The Economist, Reuters, The Guardian, and the Financial Times. Professor Moss has also delivered several press meetings through the Science Media Centre regarding the SARS-CoV-2 virus. 

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Expertise

Health

Cancer, including immune response to cancer and evolution in clinical medicine.

Haematology.

SARS-CoV-2.

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