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 Janet Berrington
Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer

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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

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)191 282 3131

Dr Matthew Thomas
Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer

Email:
Telephone: 0191 2821720

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

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 2754

Dr Simon Baudouin
Associate Clinical Researcher

Dr Rachel Botting
Research Associate

Email:
Telephone: 0191 208 2796

Dr Vicky Brocklebank
MRC Clinical Research Fellow

Email:
Telephone: 0191 28 20385

Dr Philip Brown
Wellcome 4ward North Clinical Fellow

Dr Rui Chen
Research Associate

Email:
Telephone: +44 1912082796

Dr Faye Cooles
Training Fellow

Dr Urszula Cytlak-Chaudhuri
Research Associate

Email:
Telephone: 0191 208 2795

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: 0191-208-2750

Allison Farnworth
Senior Research Midwife

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

Laura Ferreras
Research Assistant

Dr Aaron Gardner
Research Associate

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Dr Hannah Gautrey
Research Associate

Dr Kile Green
Research Associate

Email:
Telephone: 0191 2082796

Dr Lei Huang
Senior Lecturer

Email:
Telephone: 0191 208 2510

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 Clare Lendrem
Research Associate

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 2795

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

Dr Isabel Marchbank
Research Associate

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5606

Dr Aneta Mikulasova
Research Associate

Email:
Telephone: +447983927595

Dr Paul Milne
Research Associate

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 2795

Dr Kate Musgrave
MRC Fellow

Dr Lilian Nwosu
Research Associate

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 2789

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 Fiona Rayner
Clinical Research Associate

Laura Ridgley
Research Assistant

Dr Marie Ruchaud-Sparagano
Research Associate

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

Dr Wezi Sendama
Clinical Research Associate

Dr Preeti Singh
Research Associate

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Dr Nicola Smith
Research Associate

Dr Kate Smith-Jackson
Academic Clinical Fellow

Dr Christopher Stewart
Marie Slodowska-Curie ITN Fellow

Email:
Telephone: 01912825335

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 Peter Vegh
Research Associate

Dr Weiju Wu
Research Assistant

Email:
Telephone: 0191 208 7073

Dr Yi Yang
Research Associate