Vanessa Sancho Shimizu

Please join us for the latest instalment of the Wright-Fleming Institute,
Infection and Immunity Seminar Series

 Vanessa Sancho-Shimizu’s research is focused on identifying inborn errors of immunity underlying life-threatening infections of childhood ranging from invasive bacterial diseases to severe viral infections including herpes simplex encephalitis (HSE), severe COVID-19 disease, and invasive meningococcal disease (IMD).

She obtained her PhD at McGill University in Montreal, Canada on the genetics of host resistance to Salmonella infection. She moved to the laboratory of Human Genetics of Infectious Disease at Necker Enfants Malades Hospital/University Paris Descartes for her postdoc developing an expertise in investigating Mendelian predisposition to childhood HSE, and TLR3-antiviral IFN pathways.

She came to Imperial College in 2012 as a Marie Curie Research Fellow continuing her work on understanding childhood HSE but has also extended the search for Mendelian defects to other infectious phenotypes including severe childhood viral infections and IMD. She has particular interests in the type I IFN signalling pathway and autophagy. She started her own group in 2014, and is a UKRI Future Leader’s Fellow and Lecturer in the Department of Infectious Diseases at Imperial College London St Mary’s Campus.

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