Lecturer in Immunology, Edinburgh Napier University
My research focuses on cellular-therapy for the treatment of autoimmune disease. We have shown in models of rheumatoid arthritis that naturally occurring suppressive white blood cells modified using gene-transfer can home to disease sites and actively suppress disease. We are now working on translating this work to the clinic for both rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis. My work utilises many of the approaches developed in the field of cancer cell therapy, an area of research I was involved in during my PhD.
I was awarded my PhD from UCL in 2009, followed by fellowship from Arthritis Research UK at the Centre for Rheumatology Research. I am currently a Lecturer at Edinburgh Napier University.
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