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 Alexander Morch


I moved from Denmark to the UK to do my undergraduate degree in Biochemistry at Oxford where I completed my final year project with Simon Davis (WIMM) focused on the early events of T cell triggering. I have a continued interest in understanding the molecular mechanisms that underlie biologically and clinically important processes so for my first rotation I am working with Mike Dustin (Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology) on characterizing the immunological synapse at a molecular level.


Kate Dicker

KDIITMI did my undergraduate degree in Biochemistry at the University of Bath where I worked with Dr Andrew Preston to characterise genes in Bordetella pertussis. It was during this project that I decided I wanted to pursue my interests in infection and immunity further. For the first rotation I will be working in the Tang lab investigating gene regulation in Neisseria meningitidis. I am a keen sportswoman and enjoy playing netball, boxing and climbing.


Joao Ferreira Fernandes

JFIITMI studied my undergraduate degree in Biomedical Science at King’s College London, during which I first became interested in immunology. After my undergraduate degree I came to Oxford to read for the MSc in Integrated Immunology, during which I worked in the Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology studying memory B cells. I am doing my first rotation in the lab of Professor Simon Davis, looking at the molecular determinants of lymphocyte receptor triggering.


Rebecca Jeffery

RJIITMI completed my MSci degree in Biomedical Sciences at the University of Manchester, during which I undertook two Summer projects in protein engineering and microbiology and attended the Sysmed IBD Spring School in Kiel. For my MSci project, I worked with Professor Judi Allen to investigate the role of chitinase-like proteins in the induction of type 2 immunity during helminth infection. I am doing my first rotation in the Simon lab, looking at the role of autophagy in haematopoietic stem cell metabolism and differentiation.


Vivian Lau

VLIITMI graduated from McMaster University in Canada with a BSc in Chemical Biology, and completed my Master’s developing chimeric receptors for adoptive T cell therapy. I’ve developed a strong interest in understanding the role of T cells in long term diseases such as cancer and chronic infection. I am starting my rotation in the Klenerman lab to further my understanding of innate and tissue-resident T cells in cancer patients cohorts.


Oliver Sampson

OSIITMGrowing up in rural Leicestershire, an interest in microbiology informed my BSc in Medical Microbiology at the University of Leicester. Developing an interest in chronic microbial infection, I worked on mycobacterial resuscitation during my dissertation with Galina Mukamolova. Continuing this theme within IITM, my first rotation is in the Sattentau lab, looking into cell-to-cell spread of HIV.


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