My group aims to:
1. Develop and test vaccines for respiratory infections, particularly for children.
2. Understand why some individuals get more severe disease following respiratory infection.
To achieve these aims, we have developed a range of in vivo and in vitro models of infection and vaccination in early life, including RSV, Influenza, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Staphylococcus aureus and non-typeable Haemophilus influenzae (ntHi).
I did my Post-Doc at Imperial College with Prof Peter Openshaw, working on RSV and for my PhD I worked on the development of a tetanus vaccine expressed in the chloroplasts of transgenic tobacco plants in the labs of Professors Peter Nixon and Gordon Dougan, also at Imperial College. I studied genetics at Downing College, Univeristy of Cambridge.
I blog about academic careers: and have written for Nature, Times Higher Education, The Guardian and NatureJobs.
I have experience of working with biotech companies to perform pre-clinical assesment of vaccines to RSV and influenza. This uses our well established infection models and we are open to further collaborations.
Members of Group
Katya Kinnear, Post Doc working on DNA vaccines (MRC CASE project with Touchlight Genetics)
Helen Groves, PhD Student working on effect of infection on microbiome
Miko Zhong, PhD Student working on neonatal immune response
David Busse, PhD Student working on ISG function
Dr Jacqueline McDonald (RA), worked Vaccine safety
Dr Laura Lambert (RA), worked on RNA vaccines
Dr Ryan Russell (PhD Student), worked on Novel adjuvants
Dr Alex Badamchi Zadeh (PhD Student), co-supervised with Robin Shattock
Dr Griet van Roey (PhD Student), co supervised with Robin Shattock
Dr Matthew Siggins (RA), worked on ntHi vaccines
Dr Adam Walters (RA), worked on DNA vaccine constructs
Dr Simren Gill (PhD and Fellowship), worked on Pseudomonas aeruginosa
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