Institute of Cellular Medicine

Inflammation, Immunology & Immunotherapy

Inflammation, Immunology and Immunotherapy

Overview

We bring together researchers studying inflammatory and immune disorders. They come from both the clinical and applied science perspectives.

Our common goal is to better understand how the immune system contributes to disease. We then use this knowledge to develop new therapies.

One major focus is autoimmune disease and the related problems of: 

  • autoinflammation
  • transplant rejection 
  • graft-versus-host-disease 

Through local hospitals we have access to relevant patients. We also have banked samples for biomarker discovery and mechanistic studies. 

Our researchers are involved in delivering innovative therapies for conditions. These ailments include rheumatoid arthritis and complement regulatory disorders. 

The therapies we deliver are based on insights from the underlying biology.

Research interest

Another key research area is susceptibility to infection, whether acquired or congenital. 

Such ‘experiments of nature’ and other tools help us investigate development and function of specialised immune cells. This leads us to develop smarter approaches to therapy

Our researchers also study chronic immune activation linked to: 

  • development of cancer
  • persistent infections
  • immune system aging 

We study underlying tolerance mechanisms such as amino acid metabolism. This helps us identify new targets for therapy.

It also allows us to promote translational research and clinical trials testing innovative interventions.

Our researchers look into all aspects of the immune system.
Our researchers look into all aspects of the immune system.

Academics

Academics working within this research theme include:

Honorary Staff

Our honorary staff for this research theme are listed below.

Dr Stephen Bourke
Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer

Email:
Telephone: 0191 293 4026

Professor Andrew Cant
Hon Clin Prof Paediatric Immunology

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Dr Marieke Emonts-le Clercq
Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer

Email:
Telephone: +44 191 2825984 DECT 26536

Kathryn Jackson
Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer

Dr Lesley Kay
Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer

Dr Clive Kelly
Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer

Dr Edmund Ong
Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0)191 218 223131

Dr Matthew Thomas
Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer

Email:
Telephone: 0191 2821720

Dr Stephen Tuck
Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer

Email:
Telephone: 01642 854757

Dr Sophie West
Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer

Research Staff

Here you will find details of our staff for this research theme.

Research staff

Dr Mario Abinun
Associate Lecturer

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 233 6161

Oday Al-Dadah
Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer

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Michael Alexander
Research Assistant

Dr Joy Allen
Senior Research Associate-Methodologist

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Dr Shoba Amarnath
Newcastle University Research Fellow

Email:
Telephone: 01912085074

Dr Amy Anderson
Senior Research Associate

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8044

Dr Simon Baudouin
Associate Clinical Researcher

Dr Janet Berrington
Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer

Email:

Dr Rachel Botting
Research Associate

Email:
Telephone: 07955815547

Dr Vicky Brocklebank
Clinical Research Fellow

Dr Philip Brown
Clinical Training Fellow

Dr Rui Chen
Research Associate

Email:
Telephone: +44 1912082796

Kat Cheung
Research Assistant

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Dr Faye Cooles
Training Fellow

Dr Urszula Cytlak-Chaudhuri
Research Associate

Email:
Telephone: 0191 282 0643

Dr Henrique De Paula Lemos
Research Associate

Email:
Telephone: 07543654159

Dr Christopher Duncan
Clinical Fellow/Honorary Consultant in Infectious Diseases

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0)191 2082796

Dr Karin Engelhardt
Research Associate

Email:
Telephone: 0191-208-8549

Allison Farnworth
Senior Research Midwife

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8205

Laura Ferreras
Research Assistant

Dr Aisling Flinn
Clinical Research Associate

Dr Aaron Gardner
Research Associate

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Dr Hannah Gautrey
Research Associate

Kile Green
Research Assistant

Email:
Telephone: 0191 2820643

Dr Katie Hackett
Clinical Academic Occupational Therapist

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Dr Iram Haq
Wellcome Trust Research Training Fellow

Dr Lei Huang
Senior Lecturer

Email:
Telephone: 01912082510

Will Jones
In Vitro Diagnostics Evaluation Methodologist

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Professor David Kavanagh
Professor of Complement Therapeutics / Honorary Consultant Nephrologist

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 282 5094

Adam Leckenby
Research Technician

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Dr Dennis Lendrem
Project Manager - Translational Research

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0)1912087541

Dr Mabel Lie
Research Associate

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7510

Dr Nicola Maney
Research Associate

Yasmine Menad
Research Assistant

Ben Millar
Research Assistant

Dr Paul Milne
Research Associate


Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 2795

Dr Chijioke Mosanya
Clinical Research Associate

Dr Kate Musgrave
MRC Fellow

Dr Lilian Nwosu
Research Associate

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8044

Dr Rong Ou
Research Associate

Sarah Pagan
Research Associate

Email:
Telephone: 0191 2082795

Dr Rebecca Payne
Wellcome Trust Career Re-entry Fellow

Email:
Telephone: 0191 208 2796

Dr Dorin-Mirel Popescu
Research Associate

Dr Amy Publicover
Clinical Research Fellow

Dr Fiona Rayner
Clinical Research Associate

Laura Ridgley
Research Assistant

Dr Marie Ruchaud-Sparagano
Research Associate

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5262

Dr Edith Serrano Blesa
Research Associate

Email:
Telephone: 0191 01208 5462

Dr Preeti Singh
Research Associate

Dr Nicola Smith
Research Associate

Dr Kate Smith-Jackson
Academic Clinical Fellow

Dr Rachel Spiering
Marie Curie Fellow

Dr Christopher Stewart
Faculty Fellow

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Dr Ruyue Sun
Research Associate

Dr David Swan
Research Associate

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0)191 208 2796

Dr Jessica Tarn
Research Associate

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Dr Nishanthi Thalayasingam
Clinical Research Fellow

Dr Peter Vegh
Research Associate

Dr Yi Yang
Research Associate