Four excellent students were recruited to the project to begin their PhDs in Autumn 2014. All of them spend time at two institutions, broadening their experience of working in different laboratories and with different techniques.
Emilie graduated from the University of Birmingham in 2014 with a first class honours degree in Biomedical Science. Her project supervisors are Graham Anderson and William Jenkinson from Birmingham, and Paul Garside and Jim Brewer from Glasgow. Emilie is focused on determining how the thymic dendritic cell populations which have been shown to be strongly involved in the induction of central tolerance are supported in the thymus.
Verena moved to Glasgow after a year working with Dr Axel Heuber in Erlangen, Germany. She is working in Simon Milling's lab in Glasgow, with strong support from David Withers in Birmingham. She hopes that her project will help to uncover the functions of innate lymphoid cells, and to understand their roles in the pathogenesis of rheumatoid arthritis.
Laura graduated from Newcastle University with a first class degree in Biomedical Sciences in 2014. Using both traditional and high-throughput molecular approaches, Laura is investigating the downstream functional effects of IL-6 exposure on naive human CD4+ T cells. In Newcastle she is supervised by Arthur Pratt, John Isaacs and David Young, and she is co-supervised by Ruaidhri Carmody in Glasgow.
Matthew Wood graduated with a first class degree in Biomedical Sciences from Northumbria University. He is supervised by Catharien Hilkens (main), Gary Reynolds, Muzlifah Haniffa, and John Isaacs at Newcastle University and Simon Milling at Glasgow University. Matthew is investigating the role of synovial dendritic cells in the pathogenesis of rheumatoid arthritis.