Imperial College London


Faculty of MedicineNational Heart & Lung Institute

Hon Senior Research Fellow







369Sir Alexander Fleming BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





I completed my undergraduate studies in Chemistry at University College Dublin  and subsequently undertook a PhD in medicinal chemistry at the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Trinity College Dublin. After a period in industry, I carried out postdoctoral work at Northwestern University, Chicago; this work focused on immune pathways involved in asthma, allergy and anaphylaxis. 

In 2011, I joined the laboratories of Prof. Irina Udalova at the University of Oxford and Prof. Clare Lloyd at Imperial College London, in a collaborative project funded by the American Asthma Society entitled “Does IRF5 control allergic airways disease?”. I was appointed as a Lecturer in Chronic Lung Disease at the Inflammation, Repair & Development Section, NHLI in 2016 and was awarded a Joan Bending, Evelyn Bending, Mervyn Stephens Olive Stephens Memorial Fellowship fellowship in 2017. My work aims to understand the role of airway macrophages during chronic lung diseases such as asthma and idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. 



Michalaki C, Albers GJ, Byrne AJ, 2024, Itaconate as a key regulator of respiratory disease., Clin Exp Immunol, Vol:215, Pages:120-125

Almond M, Jackson M, Jha A, et al., 2023, Obesity dysregulates the pulmonary antiviral immune response, Nature Communications, Vol:14, ISSN:2041-1723

Hewitt R, Puttur F, Gaboriau D, et al., 2023, Lung extracellular matrix modulates KRT5+ basal cell activity in pulmonary fibrosis, Nature Communications, Vol:14, ISSN:2041-1723

Kumar V, Hertz M, Agro A, et al., 2023, Type 1 invariant natural killer T cells in chronic inflammation and tissue fibrosis, Frontiers in Immunology, Vol:14, ISSN:1664-3224

Oldham JM, Johnson KW, Albers GJ, et al., 2023, Airway soluble CSF1R predicts progression in patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, Erj Open Research, Vol:9

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