The Medical Sciences Divisional Panel has conferred the title of Professor on Associate Professor Simon Draper and the title of Associate Professor on Dr Teresa Lambe, Dr George Warimwe and Dr David Wyllie. They have all been awarded these titles in recognition of their distinction in their respective fields and contributions to the research, teaching and administration of the Department and we congratulate them on their success.
The malaria parasite is a shape-shifter, changing its surface coat to escape destruction by the human body. This depends upon a malaria protein called RH5 binding to a human protein called basigin on the surface of red blood cells. Unlike the other variable malaria surface proteins, RH5 does not vary, making it more easily recognised and destroyed. Jenner Investigators Sumi Biswas and Simon Draper have immunised human volunteers with RH5. Antibodies isolated from these volunteers prevent the parasite from invading red blood cells. At the RS Summer Science Exhibition they will show the public how it works, using games to detect the unchanging elements in a shape-shifting parasite, 3D models demonstrating of RH5 binding to basigin and antibodies and interactive maps to see the impact of vaccines on global health.
Development of a Molecular Adjuvant to Enhance Antigen-Specific CD8+ T Cell Responses. Sci Rep, 8 (1), pp. 15020. Article
Memory inflation following adenoviral vaccination depends on IL-21. Vaccine. Article
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Prof Alfredo Nicosia: Neo-antigen based cancer vaccines, 21/Nov/2018 11:00
Prof Marshall Lightowlers: Controlling two helminth infections, cysticercosis and echinococcosis, using highly effective recombinant antigen vaccines, 11/Jan/2019 11:00