Imperial College London

Dr Becca Asquith

Faculty of MedicineDepartment of Infectious Disease

Professor of Mathematical Immunology



+44 (0)20 7594 3731b.asquith Website




112Wright Fleming WingSt Mary's Campus







 I use a novel combination of experimental, mathematical and bioinformatic techniques to investigate cell-mediated immunity. My aim is to develop a predictive mathematical model of the human in vivo CD8+ T cell response in order to prevent and alleviate viral infection.


Members of the GrouP


Lies Boelen

Pedro Costa del Amo

Julio Lahoz Beneytez

David Vickers


Marjet Elemans

Daniel Laydon

Nafisa-Katrin Seich al Basatena

Ulrich Kadolsky (

Aidan Macnamara (

Sukhdeep Singh (


My initial training was in theoretical physics. I have a BSc in Physics (1st class hons. University College London), an MSc in Mathematics (distinction, Imperial College London) and a PhD in Theoretical Particle Physics (title: "Non Commutative Geometry", University of Durham). I then worked as a mathematical modeller for the UK government for 2 years before crossing disciplines to Mathematical Immunology. I held a Wellcome Trust Fellowship at Imperial College London and then a Leverhulme Trust Fellowship at the University of Oxford before returning to Imperial as a lecturer.

For research interests and selected publications please see my group webpage.

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Funded PhD positions available:

Presidents PhD scholarships

Dept. Medicine scholarships

Other scholarships

Please contact me if you wish to discuss these opportunities further.


• CD8+ T cell prediction software

Leishmaniasis LDA



Macallan D, Busch R, Asquith B, 2019, Current estimates of T cell kinetics in humans, Current Opinion in Systems Biology, Vol:18, ISSN:2452-3100, Pages:77-86

Boelen L, Debebe B, Silveira M, et al., 2018, Inhibitory killer-cell immunoglobulin-like receptors strengthen CD8+ T cell-mediated control of HIV-1, HCV and HTLV-1, Science Immunology, Vol:3, ISSN:2470-9468

Costa del Amo P, Lahoz-Beneytez J, Boelen L, et al., 2018, Human TSCM cell dynamics in vivo are compatible with long-lived immunological memory and stemness, Plos Biology, Vol:16, ISSN:1544-9173

Nemat-Gorgani N, Hilton HG, Henn BM, et al., 2018, Different selected mechanisms attenuated the inhibitory interaction of KIR2DL1 with C2+ HLA-C in two indigenous human populations in Southern Africa, Journal of Immunology, ISSN:1550-6606

Patel AA, Zhang Y, Fullerton JN, et al., 2017, The fate and lifespan of human monocyte subsets in steady state and systemic inflammation, Journal of Experimental Medicine, Vol:214, ISSN:0022-1007, Pages:1913-1923

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