Imperial College London


Faculty of MedicineNational Heart & Lung Institute

Research Associate







Mint WingSt Mary's Campus





Ryan Thwaites is a Research Associate within the Department of Respiratory Medicine of the National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College London. Ryan obtained his PhD in 2015 in the field of innate immunology from the Brighton and Sussex Medical School, University of Sussex. Following on from this work, he joined Professor Peter Openshaw and Professor Trevor Hansel at the NHLI.

His research continues to investigate the activity of the innate immune system in human disease, particularly during the anti-viral immune response. This work uses non-infectious human models of innate immune activation (such as Toll-like receptor agonists), experimental human infection models and natural infection. In addition to these biological interests, Ryan's work has developed non-invasive techniques for sampling the airways of infants during viral infections.



Openshaw P, Thwaites R, 2019, The respiratory mucosa: Front and center in RSV disease, American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, Vol:200, ISSN:1073-449X, Pages:1340-1342

Swieboda D, Guo Y, Sagawe S, et al., 2019, OMIP-062: A 14-Color, 16-antibody panel for immunophenotyping human innate yymphoid, myeloid and T cells in small volumes of whole blood and pediatric airway samples, Cytometry Part A, Vol:95, ISSN:1552-4949, Pages:1231-1235

Jha A, Dunning J, Tunstall T, et al., 2019, Patterns of systemic and local inflammation in patients with asthma hospitalised with influenza, European Respiratory Journal, Vol:54, ISSN:0903-1936

Culley F, Swieboda D, Guo Y, et al., A 14-color, 16-antibody panel for immunophenotyping human innate lymphoid, myeloid and T cells in small volumes of whole blood and pediatric airway samples, Cytometry Part A, ISSN:1552-4949


Ekoff H, Ekenkrantz T, Molin M, et al., 2019, Temporal profiling of type 2 airway inflammation markers in nasal mucosal lining fluid following a grass allergen challenge, Congress of the European-Academy-of-Allergy-and-Clinical-Immunology (EAACI), WILEY, Pages:88-89, ISSN:0105-4538

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