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BSI Career Enhancing Grant awardees December 2022

The British Society for Immunology is proud to announce the list of those who successfully obtained funding in the latest round of the BSI Career Enhancing Grant. This grant scheme provides an extra level of careers support to our members. 

Supporting current and future generations of immunologists throughout their careers is a vital part of our mission and we have invested significant funds in this grant scheme in response to feedback from our membership. We listened to what the immunology community needed, especially in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and its subsequent impact on the sector.

Over £64,000 was awarded in this round of funding to 17 BSI members from across the UK covering a wide range of projects from generating pilot data to attending training courses. 

The next round of this grant scheme closes on Monday 27 March 2023 at 23:59 BST. Apply here


Name Affiliation Project title
Dr Anna Andrusaite University of Glasgow Development of CITE-seq for single cell analysis of intestinal dendritic cells during H. polygyrus infection
Chloe Louise Stewart University of Nottingham Utilising a novel 3D platform to study the mechanisms involved in macrophage fusion
Dr Danai Bagkou Dimakou University of Birmingham Determining immune biomarkers that predict outcome in recurrent pregnancy loss
Dr Emily Webb University of Edinburgh From wet lab to dry lab: upskilling in bioinformatics
Dr Franze Progatzky Francis Crick Institute Understanding the role of glial cells in airway inflammation
Dr Giovanni Povoleri King’s College London Career development in data analysis and business analytics
Dr Hannah Bradford University College London Investigating the impact of B cell-derived thioredoxin on T cell immunopathology in systemic lupus erythematosus
Ioanna Kontra Queen Mary, University of London The role of E3 ligase HHARI on regulating the immune system
Dr Marisol Perez-Toledo  University of Birmingham  Defining protective versus non-protective cells and microenvironments in the granuloma
Dr Merete Bridget Long University of Dundee Sputum neutrophil single-cell RNA sequencing: a pilot study in bronchiectasis
Muhammad Iqbal University of Cambridge EMBO practical course: measuring translational dynamics by ribosome profiling
Dr Norzawani Buang Imperial College London  Training in bioinformatics and machine learning courses
Dr Paul Thomas Kennedy University of Liverpool Evaluating the utility of the soluble spliced variant of CTLA-4 immune checkpoint as a novel psoriasis treatment
Dr Priscilla Tng Pirbright Institute Ex vivo organ cultures to study ASFV-induced lymphocyte population dynamics
Dr Scott Davies University of Birmingham Culturing cholangiocyte organoids for interrogating lymphocyte-biliary epithelium interactions
Dr Simone Webb Newcastle University Lab placement for training in single cell multiomic data analysis
Dr Tafhima Haider Queen Mary, University of London A pilot study to assess the effect of maternal obesity on sterile placental inflammation and its relationship to fetal outcome

The next round of this grant scheme closes on Monday 27 March 2023 at 23:59 BST. Apply here

Many thanks to Dr Donald Palmer, BSI Education & Careers Secretary, who chaired the review panel and to the other judges for contributing their hard work and expertise. The panel were hugely impressed with all the applicants and wish the awardees the best of luck with their funded projects and activities. 

For further information on this grant, please don't hesitate to contact our Education and Careers Officer, Eolan Healy at