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BSI Career Enhancing Grant awardees June 2024


A vital part of our mission is supporting current and future generations of immunologists throughout their careers. The British Society for Immunology is proud to announce the list of our members who successfully obtained funding in the latest round of the BSI Career Enhancing Grant scheme, providing them with an extra level of support to benefit their careers. 

Many congratulations to the members who have been awarded funding in this round – we are delighted to be able to support your career development! A total of over £40,000 has been awarded to 10 BSI members, covering a wide range of projects from an overseas lab visit to develop new skills in microscopy imaging and analysis to a research project looking at the role of autoreactive B cells in cancer. You can read the full list of projects that have been awarded funding below. 

Through this offering, we hope to continue building a strong immunology workforce that drives innovation and provides life-saving benefits to all. 


  • Dr Segun Afolaranmi, University of Cambridge - Healthy pancreas/PanIN/PDAC: Profiling immune Hedgehog pathway expression in space and time
  • Dr Leanne Bradley, Queen's University Belfast - Establishment of a semi-human immunocompetent model of glioblastoma using the CAM model
  • Dr Shinjini Chakraborty, University of York – Do hematopoietic stem cells use cell-autonomous defence mechanisms to restrict intracellular pathogens? 
  • Dr Alice Fuller, Queen Mary University of London - Investigating neurotransmitter release by immune cell populations in healthy and disease states
  • Dr Josh Gardner, University of Liverpool - Immunometabolic profiling to aid the detection of drug-specific T-cell activation in hypersensitive patients
  • Eunice Kiamba, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine - RNA sequencing to investigate early transcriptomic signatures associated with long-term antibody protection by human papillomavirus vaccines
  • Danielle Lezama, University of Birmingham - Overseas lab visit for ECR to develop skills in transendothelial migration assays
  • Dr Matthew Siggins, Imperial College London - Building international collaborations for developing novel tissue engineered models to advance lymphatic immunology
  • Dr Matt Steward, University of Exeter - Lung-on-a-chip as a means of modelling the human airway environment in response to exposure to Aspergillus fumigatus
  • Dr Felicia Tucci, University of Oxford - Developing anti-idiotype antibodies for targeted B cell isolation

Next round

Applications for the next grant round will close on Thursday 26 September 2024 at 23:59 BST. We are currently accepting applications. You can find out more, including how to apply, in the grants section of our website

There are two application deadlines per year, one in September and one in March.

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