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BSI Career Enhancing Grant awardees November 2023

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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 £39,000 has been awarded to 11 BSI members from across the UK, covering a wide range of projects from a women’s leadership development programme to investigating immune regulation in dementia. 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 Dina Dikovskaya, University of Dundee – Activation of oxidative stress response in Crohn’s disease models: a pilot study
  • Dr Rita Domingues, University of Manchester – Neuro-immune interactions in the regulation of the IL-22/IL22BP axis
  • Dr George Finney, University College London – Studying T cell localisation and interactions in liver fibrosis using single-cell spatial profiling (Ramachandran Lab visit)
  • Samuel Heaton, University of Leeds – Using immunopeptidomics to identify tumour-associated antigens in multiple myeloma and the potential impact of combination immunotherapy
  • Hamza Khalid, University of Edinburgh – Industrial placement for final year of PhD  – to explore career options
  • Dr Elena Mitsi, University of Oxford – Oxford women’s leadership development programme
  • Dr Isobel Mouat, University of Edinburgh – Investigation of leukopoiesis and bone marrow innervation during stroke recovery
  • Olivia Ridgewell, University of Glasgow – IFNg as a mediator of epithelial repair during helminth infection
  • Dr Jennifer Shelley, Imperial College London – Characterising fibroblast subsets in human cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma
  • Julia Salafranca Gomez, University of Oxford – Neutrophil chemotaxis - the missing piece of the puzzle: using live 3D imaging to study neutrophil maturation and effector functions
  • Sam Stagg, University of Surrey – Immune regulation in dementia: Addressing neuroinflammation, circadian rhythms, and sleep

Next round

Applications for the next grant round will close on Monday 25 March 2024 at 23:59 GMT. 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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