Wednesday, May 4, 2016 - 13:00
CTIR Sir Kenneth and Lady Noreen Murray Seminar Room
Professor Simon Arthur
Professor Clare Lloyd
Imperial College London
Professor Clare Lloyd is a Wellcome Senior Fellow in Basic Biomedical Sciences, Professor of Respiratory Immunology, and Head of the Division of Respiratory Sciences at the National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College, London. She undertook her BSc and PhD degrees in Immunology at Kings College London, before completing Postdocs at Guys Hospital London and Harvard Medical School, Boston. She spent time at a Biotech company – Millennium Pharmaceuticals – in the USA before returning to the UK to take up a Wellcome Senior Fellowship. She has renewed this fellowship three times, most recently in 2015.
The central theme of her work explores the interactions between resident lung cells and infiltrating inflammatory cells in order to determine how these interactions influence the development and resolution of pulmonary inflammation. The lab uses a mixture of in vivo mouse models and in vitro culture systems using cells from patients to investigate the mechanisms underlying the pulmonary immune response to inhaled allergens and pathogens. The current focus is predominantly how the genetic background of an individual and the external environment influences epithelial-immune interactions, particularly with respect to infection history and development of allergic immune responses in early life.