Dr Alice Halliday received her BSc in Microbiology from the University of Manchester in 2008. She subsequently worked as a research assistant on an NHS-funded project exploring health care needs in relation to immunisation uptake in Manchester. She then moved back to laboratory science, gaining a PhD from the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) exploring the immune responses to Leishmania infection. Her first postdoc, also at LSTM, involved the development of models of Onchocerciasis for drug screening, both in the UK and in Cameroon.
In 2014, Dr Halliday moved to Imperial College where her work has been focused on exploring cellular immune responses in Tuberculosis, with a particular interest in the development of new diagnostic tools. By interogating immune responses to Mycobacterium tuberculosis antigens using flow cytometry, it has been shown that it is possible to differentiate between different stages of Tuberculosis infection in humans. Dr Halliday aims to validate this approach using large biobanks of samples, taken from patients with the full spectrum of active and latent Tuberculosis infection, with the aim of developing improved diagnostic tests.
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