I am a nutritional immunologist with a specific interest in the role of the mononuclear phagocyte system in health and disease.
Following my BSc degree in Nutritional Science at the Technical University of Munich, Germany, I undertook my PhD studies at the MRC Human Nutrition Research institute in Cambridge, UK. Here, I investigated immune responses of monocytes and monocyte-derived dendritic cells to endogenous gastrointestinal nanoparticles with a view to establishing a physiological role of these nanoparticles, in the context of intestinal immune homeostasis.
Having joined Dr Mahdad Noursadeghi’s group at the Division of Infection & Immunity at UCL, I now aim to apply my skills and cell culture-based expertise to different aspects of medical research. Currently, I am working together with Dr Sarah Zaher to elucidate the role of inflammatory monocytes and monocyte-derived macrophages in corneal graft rejection.