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Faculty of MedicineFaculty of Medicine Centre

Project Manager in Research Strategy



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Dr Sarah Essilfie-Quaye is Project Manager in the Research Strategy Team, Faculty of Medicine, Imperial College London.

She works closely with Dr Des Walsh (Director of Research Strategy), Dr Shona Blair (Head of Research Strategy) and Dr Kimberley Trim (Research Strategy Coordinator).

In her current role, Sarah is the first point of contact for queries pertaining to the Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Support Fund (ISSF).

For ISSF enquiries please email

Sarah is also the Project Director for the Faculty of Medicine Culture Initiatives Management Group and a Co-Chair for Imperial As One, Imperial College London’s Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) staff network. 

Imperial As One is a community of BAME Staff and Allies who believe in an inclusive workplace culture of respect and racial equality. 

Sarah has been part of the Imperial community since 2002, starting as a Research Technician in the Asthma Lab, before progressing into a research career whilst also undertaking a part-time PhD.

After her PhD Sarah made the decision to step away from an academic career. “After a quick investigation I discovered there were no Black female academics at Imperial, I knew the path to Professor was a difficult one for anyone, but this made it feel almost impossible for me. I now regret that decision and wish instead I had felt I had enough support and encouragement to strive to be the first. This is the driving factor behind my involvement with the Race Equality Charter Self-Assessment Team (REC SAT) and Imperial As One. To create an environment at Imperial where everyone feels like they have the chance to make it to the top of their career, whatever their background.”

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Haque R, Hakim A, Moodley T, et al., 2013, Inhaled long-acting beta(2) agonists enhance glucocorticoid receptor nuclear translocation and efficacy in sputum macrophages in COPD, Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, Vol:132, ISSN:0091-6749, Pages:1166-1173

Essilfie-Quaye S, Ito K, Ito M, et al., 2011, Comparison of Symbicort (R) versus Pulmicort (R) on steroid pharmacodynamic markers in asthma patients, Respiratory Medicine, Vol:105, ISSN:0954-6111, Pages:1784-1789


Durham AL, Footitt J, Essilfie-Quaye S, et al., 2015, LSC Abstract - Rhinovirus infection induces NRF2 in monocytes but not in epithelial cells, via distinct intracellular pathways, EUROPEAN RESPIRATORY SOC JOURNALS LTD, ISSN:0903-1936

Footitt J, Mallia P, Durham A, et al., 2013, HDAC ACTIVITY IN MACROPHAGES IN EXPERIMENTAL RHINOVIRUS INFECTION IN COPD, Winter Meeting of the British-Thoracic-Society, BMJ PUBLISHING GROUP, Pages:A58-A59, ISSN:0040-6376

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