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Professor Deborah Dunn-Walters

Deborah Dunn-Walters is Professor of Immunology in the School of Bioscience and Medicine, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences.

Her group studies B cell development in health and disease, taking a systems immunology approach to elucidate changes in humoral immunity with age and to discover antibodies useful in cancer and infectious disease. Her lab is currently working on improved tools to study immune repertoires, including novel methods for single cell analysis at a large scale and particularly as applied to elucidating the immunological responses to SARS-CoV-2 and other respiratory infections. She has collaborated with many different laboratories worldwide, and has chaired a number of international B cell conferences.

Deborah encourages interdisciplinary ways of working and is particularly keen to support discovery research into the biology of ageing, she currently serves as Trustee for the Dunhill Medical Trust. She is also a Trustee for the British Society for Immunology and chairs the BSI Expert Advisory panel on COVID-19. Deborah sits on various UKRI Strategy and funding panels and is co-chair of the UKRI-BBSRC COVID-19 agile response panel. She is also Editor for Frontiers in Immunology and Visiting Professor of Immunobiology at King's College London.

Deborah has over 90 publications and her work has been funded by programme awards from the MRC, the Human Frontiers Science Program and currently the BBSRC. In addition she is extremely grateful to the Dunhill Medical Trust, Research into Ageing and the Rosetrees Trust charities for supporting her research.

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If you would like to contact any of our researchers, then you'll find details on their profiles via the links.

Name          Research interests
Alex Couto AlvesLife course genetic epidemiology
Anne SkeldonSleep/wake regulation: how sleep changes with age and in dementia.
Brendan HowlinDesign of anti-ageing drugs by molecular design of protein inhibitors, e.g. NADPH oxidase 2.
Bridget DibbLiving with and managing chronic illness. 
Carol LaneNeuroimaging in psychiatry. 
Carol WoodhamsPromoting healthy workplaces in the NHS through equality and respect. 
Caroline NicholsonIntegrated care for frail older people
Caroline ScarlesCreating virtual mobilities for those who have limited physical mobility.
Chinyere OkoroAntimicrobial resistance.
Dan HortonThe science and policy of zoonotic diseases.
Dan McCarthy Health and inequalities within prison populations and their long term consequences. 
Daniel AbasoloThe analysis of biomedical signals (e.g. electroencephalograms) for the characterisation of healthy ageing and the diagnosis of disease, e.g. Alzheimer's. 
Daniel WhelliganSynthetic chemistry to create new treatments for tropical diseases.
Dany BesteMycobacterium tuberculosis metabolism and how this affects the development of antibiotic resistance. 
David FrohlichThe application of digital media technology to address loneliness, dementia and sight impairments.
Debbie CookeSupported self-management and technological innovation to manage long term conditions
Deborah Dunn-WaltersInvestigating the humoral immune system in healthy ageing and disease
Derk-Jan DijkTechnology for monitoring sleep and assessment of its role in health
Emma ReamTechnology in cancer and dementia care
Freda Elizabeth MoldEarly detection of infection and multi-morbidity in care homes. 
Gianne DerksQuantitative Systems Pharmacology 
Gianni Lo IaconoMathematical modelling to understand the impact of environment on disease and microbial communities.  
Giovanna NalessoPromoting the regeneration of articular cartilage to reduce disability. 
Giuseppe MoscelliVariations in the supply and demand of healthcare. 
Giuseppe SchettinoAnalysing the effects of ionizing radiation on cells and animals  to improve radiotherapy 
Heather GageHealth Economics
Helen GriffithsDietary change or pharmaceutical intervention to support healthy ageing by changing metabolism.
Helen TreharneDigital security for older age groups
Ioannis SmyrniasUnderstanding mitochondrial homeostasis and the stress responses in cardiovascular 
Ines ViolanteDevelopment and application of neuromodulatory techniques to understand brain function and improve cognitive performance
Jo ArmesDigital health solutions in cancer
Jo BlandenProductivity of the medical workforce 
John H. McVeyCardiovascular pathology and innovation in haemophilia treatment 
Julie HuntSkeletal muscle and vascular adaptations to exercise and exercise training in healthy and clinical populations. 
Kamalan JeevaratnamComputational approaches to prediction of cardiovascular disease
Kathrin Cohen KadoshSocial cognitive brain development and plasticity in childhood and adolescence and the contribution of the microbiome gut-brain axis.
Kathryn HartThe role of nutrition in early life and its impact on later health and wellbeing 
Katriina WhitakerCancer care and health inequalities. 
Kimberley SmithThe intersection of physical, mental and social health.
Kourosh R Ahmadi Linking micronutrient "status"  to aberrant epigenetic alterations, mitochondrial function and increased risk of vascular diseases.
Lilian TangMachine learning and health data to facilitate personalised medincine.
Lisiane MeiraCellular responses to stress and their importance in the pathogenesis and therapeutics of cancer and other chronic diseases associated with ageing.
Mark PlumbleySound recognition to monitor activity for assisted living or for diagnosis of disease  (e.g. heart sound recognition)
Martha BetsonUnderstanding the spread of parasitic diseases of humans and animals and determining strategies to control them
Masoud FakhimiSustainability and behavioural analytics in the healthcare system.
Matthew OldfieldCauses and management of late life incontinence. 
Monique RaatsFood-related behaviour / practices and policy interventions to achieve positive health and sustainability change
Natalie RiddellUnderstanding endocrine regulation of the immune system in ageing
Nicolas LockerPathogens and neurodegenerative diseases impacting on cellular stress responses in models relevant to animal and human heath 
Nigel GilbertThe modelling and simulation of social phenomena, including health and illness.
Paola CampagnoloTissue engineering for cardiovascular diseases
Patricia PulhamHistory of women's professionalisation in the caring sector. 
Patrizia Camelliti Tissue engineering and cardiac fibrosis.
Paul HodkinsonNew fathers experiences of mental health difficulties.
Peter RothBiodegradable polymers with tuneable properties for tissue engineering and drug release.  
Philip AstonMedical signal analytics and machine learning for diagnostics. 
Philip EvansImaging in cancer diagnostics
Roman BauerComputational modelling and analysis of biological dynamics, in particular those of the brain.
Rosalind MalcolmEnvironmental Health Law: Food safety and standards, pollution.
Susan Lanham-NewThe effect of micronutrients on musculo-skeletal health and how to prevent vitamin D deficiency in vulnerable population groups
Sai GuComplex system modelling and digital technology
Samaneh Kouchaki My research objectives include developing intelligent tools, based on hybrid architectures of advanced probabilistic and deep learning techniques, that facilitate improved patient outcomes.
Simon C. ArcherEarly life health of farm animals: optimising health management to benefit welfare and productivity.
Simon N. ArcherSleep and health
Simon EvansFactors (including diet, sleep) that influence cognition, brain function and mental health. Interventions to support mental health and promote healthy brain ageing
Suzie Hingley-WilsonHost-pathogen interactions in tuberculosis.
Tao ChenComputer modelling of skin and inhalation routes of therapeutic delivery. 
Terri GrassbyNovel polysaccharides and oligosaccharides in food to reduce glycaemic load. 
Thorsten BarnhoferChanges in trajectories of mental disorders and ageing that can be achieved by training people to respond more adaptively to stress. 
Vicki HarmanThe changing nature of grandparenting in the UK. 
Victoria RevellOptimisation of mental and physical health through sleep and circadian biology

If you would like to contact any of our researchers, then you'll find details on their profiles via the links.

Name           Research interests
Andrew KingHealth inequalities experienced by LGBT people 
Carol WoodhamsPromoting healthy workplaces in the NHS through equality and respect. 
Caroline NicholsonIntegrated care for frail older people
Dan McCarthy Health and inequalities within prison populations and their long term consequences. 
Debbie CookeSupported self-management and technological innovation to manage long term conditions
Freda Elizabeth MoldEarly detection of infection and multi-morbidity in care homes. 
Giuseppe MoscelliVariations in the supply and demand of healthcare. 
Heather GageHealth Economics
Jo BlandenProductivity of the medical workforce 
Katriina WhitakerCancer care and health inequalities. 
Kimberley SmithThe intersection of physical, mental and social health.
Kourosh R Ahmadi Linking micronutrient "status"  to aberrant epigenetic alterations, mitochondrial function and increased risk of vascular diseases.
Martha BetsonUnderstanding the spread of parasitic diseases of humans and animals and determining strategies to control them
Masoud FakhimiSustainability and behavioural analytics in the healthcare system.
Monique RaatsFood-related behaviour / practices and policy interventions to achieve positive health and sustainability change
Nigel GilbertThe modelling and simulation of social phenomena, including health and illness.
Patricia PulhamHistory of women's professionalisation in the caring sector. 
Paul HodkinsonNew fathers' experiences of mental health difficulties.
Rosalind MalcolmEnvironmental Health Law: Food safety and standards, pollution.
Vicki HarmanThe changing nature of grandparenting in the UK. 
YingFei HéliotIdentity and its impact on wellbeing in people’s working lives

If you would like to contact any of our researchers, then you'll find details on their profiles via the links.

Name               Research interests
Bridget DibbLiving with and managing chronic illness. 
Carol LaneNeuroimaging in psychiatry. 
Carol WoodhamsPromoting healthy workplaces in the NHS through equality and respect. 
Caroline NicholsonIntegrated care for frail older people
Caroline ScarlesCreating virtual mobilities for those who have limited physical mobility.
Chinyere OkoroAntimicrobial resistance.
Dan HortonThe science and policy of zoonotic diseases.
Dan McCarthy Health and inequalities within prison populations and their long term consequences. 
Daniel AbasoloThe analysis of biomedical signals (e.g. electroencephalograms) for the characterisation of healthy ageing and the diagnosis of disease, e.g. Alzheimer's. 
Daniel WhelliganSynthetic chemistry to create new treatments for tropical diseases.
Dany BesteMycobacterium tuberculosis metabolism and how this affects the development of antibiotic resistance. 
David FrohlichThe application of digital media technology to address loneliness, dementia and sight impairments.
Debbie CookeSupported self-management and technological innovation to manage long term conditions
Deborah Dunn-WaltersInvestigating the humoral immune system in healthy ageing and disease
Derk-Jan DijkTechnology for monitoring sleep and assessment of its role in health
Emma ReamTechnology in cancer and dementia care
Freda Elizabeth MoldEarly detection of infection and multi-morbidity in care homes. 
Gianne DerksQuantitative Systems Pharmacology 
Gianni Lo IaconoMathematical modelling to understand the impact of environment on disease and microbial communities.  
Giovanna NalessoPromoting the regeneration of articular cartilage to reduce disability. 
Giuseppe MoscelliVariations in the supply and demand of healthcare. 
Giuseppe SchettinoAnalysing the effects of ionizing radiation on cells and animals  to improve radiotherapy 
Heather GageHealth Economics
Helen GriffithsDietary change or pharmaceutical intervention to support healthy ageing by changing metabolism.
Helen TreharneDigital security for older age groups
Ioannis SmyrniasUnderstanding mitochondrial homeostasis and the stress responses in cardiovascular 
Ines ViolanteDevelopment and application of neuromodulatory techniques to understand brain function and improve cognitive performance
Jo ArmesDigital health solutions in cancer
Jo BlandenProductivity of the medical workforce 
John H. McVeyCardiovascular pathology and innovation in haemophilia treatment 
Julie HuntSkeletal muscle and vascular adaptations to exercise and exercise training in healthy and clinical populations. 
Kamalan JeevaratnamComputational approaches to prediction of cardiovascular disease
Kathrin Cohen KadoshSocial cognitive brain development and plasticity in childhood and adolescence and the contribution of the microbiome gut-brain axis.
Kathryn HartThe role of nutrition in early life and its impact on later health and wellbeing 
Katriina WhitakerCancer care and health inequalities. 
Kimberley SmithThe intersection of physical, mental and social health.
Kourosh R Ahmadi Linking micronutrient "status"  to aberrant epigenetic alterations, mitochondrial function and increased risk of vascular diseases.
Lilian TangMachine learning and health data to facilitate personalised medincine.
Lisiane MeiraCellular responses to stress and their importance in the pathogenesis and therapeutics of cancer and other chronic diseases associated with ageing.
Mark PlumbleySound recognition to monitor activity for assisted living or for diagnosis of disease  (e.g. heart sound recognition)
Martha BetsonUnderstanding the spread of parasitic diseases of humans and animals and determining strategies to control them
Masoud FakhimiSustainability and behavioural analytics in the healthcare system.
Matthew OldfieldCauses and management of late life incontinence. 
Monique RaatsFood-related behaviour / practices and policy interventions to achieve positive health and sustainability change
Natalie RiddellUnderstanding endocrine regulation of the immune system in ageing
Nicolas LockerPathogens and neurodegenerative diseases impacting on cellular stress responses in models relevant to animal and human heath 
Nigel GilbertThe modelling and simulation of social phenomena, including health and illness.
Paola CampagnoloTissue engineering for cardiovascular diseases
Patricia PulhamHistory of women's professionalisation in the caring sector. 
Patrizia Camelliti Tissue engineering and cardiac fibrosis.
Paul HodkinsonNew fathers' experiences of mental health difficulties.
Peter RothBiodegradable polymers with tuneable properties for tissue engineering and drug release.  
Philip AstonMedical signal analytics and machine learning for diagnostics. 
Philip EvansImaging in cancer diagnostics
Roman BauerComputational modelling and analysis of biological dynamics, in particular those of the brain.
Rosalind MalcolmEnvironmental Health Law: Food safety and standards, pollution.
Susan Lanham-NewThe effect of micronutrients on musculo-skeletal health and how to prevent vitamin D deficiency in vulnerable population groups
Sai GuComplex system modelling and digital technology
Samaneh Kouchaki My research objectives include developing intelligent tools, based on hybrid architectures of advanced probabilistic and deep learning techniques, that facilitate improved patient outcomes.
Simon C. ArcherEarly life health of farm animals: optimising health management to benefit welfare and productivity.
Simon N. ArcherSleep and health
Simon EvansFactors (including diet, sleep) that influence cognition, brain function and mental health. Interventions to support mental health and promote healthy brain ageing
Suzie Hingley-WilsonHost-pathogen interactions in tuberculosis.
Tao ChenComputer modelling of skin and inhalation routes of therapeutic delivery. 

If you would like to contact any of our researchers, then you'll find details on their profiles via the links.

Name                 Research interests
Adrian HiltonComputer vision and machine learning for analysis and understanding of human behaviour 
Alex Couto AlvesLife course genetic epidemiology
Anne SkeldonSleep/wake regulation: how sleep changes with age and in dementia.
Bridget DibbLiving with and managing chronic illness. 
Carol LaneNeuroimaging in psychiatry. 
Caroline NicholsonIntegrated care for frail older people
Caroline ScarlesCreating virtual mobilities for those who have limited physical mobility.
Daniel AbasoloThe analysis of biomedical signals (e.g. electroencephalograms) for the characterisation of healthy ageing and the diagnosis of disease, e.g. Alzheimer's. 
David FrohlichThe application of digital media technology to address loneliness, dementia and sight impairments.
Debbie CookeSupported self-management and technological innovation to manage long term conditions
Emma ReamTechnology in cancer and dementia care
Giuseppe SchettinoAnalysing the effects of ionizing radiation on cells and animals  to improve radiotherapy 
Helen TreharneDigital security for older age groups
Jo ArmesDigital health solutions in cancer
Kamalan JeevaratnamComputational approaches to prediction of cardiovascular disease
Lilian TangMachine learning and health data to facilitate personalised medincine.
Mark PlumbleySound recognition to monitor activity for assisted living or for diagnosis of disease  (e.g. heart sound recognition)
Masoud FakhimiSustainability and behavioural analytics in the healthcare system.
Matthew OldfieldCauses and management of late life incontinence. 
Monique RaatsFood-related behaviour / practices and policy interventions to achieve positive health and sustainability change
Nigel GilbertThe modelling and simulation of social phenomena, including health and illness.
Paul HodkinsonNew fathers' experiences of mental health difficulties.
Philip AstonMedical signal analytics and machine learning for diagnostics. 
Philip EvansImaging in cancer diagnostics
Sai GuComplex system modelling and digital technology
Samaneh Kouchaki My research objectives include developing intelligent tools, based on hybrid architectures of advanced probabilistic and deep learning techniques, that facilitate improved patient outcomes.
Simon N. ArcherSleep and health
Simon EvansFactors (including diet, sleep) that influence cognition, brain function and mental health. Interventions to support mental health and promote healthy brain ageing
Tao ChenComputer modelling of skin and inhalation routes of therapeutic delivery. 
Terri GrassbyNovel polysaccharides and oligosaccharides in food to reduce glycaemic load. 

If you would like to contact any of our researchers, then you'll find details on their profiles via the links.

NameResearch interests
Adrian HiltonComputer vision and machine learning for analysis and understanding of human behaviour 
Bridget DibbLiving with and managing chronic illness. 
Carol LaneNeuroimaging in psychiatry. 
Caroline NicholsonIntegrated care for frail older people
Chinyere OkoroAntimicrobial resistance.
David FrohlichThe application of digital media technology to address loneliness, dementia and sight impairments.
Debbie CookeSupported self-management and technological innovation to manage long term conditions
Emma ReamTechnology in cancer and dementia care
Gianni Lo IaconoMathematical modelling to understand the impact of environment on disease and microbial communities.  
Helen GriffithsDietary change or pharmaceutical intervention to support healthy ageing by changing metabolism.
John H. McVeyCardiovascular pathology and innovation in haemophilia treatment 
Julie HuntSkeletal muscle and vascular adaptations to exercise and exercise training in healthy and clinical populations. 
Katriina WhitakerCancer care and health inequalities. 
Kimberley SmithThe intersection of physical, mental and social health.
Kourosh R Ahmadi Linking micronutrient "status"  to aberrant epigenetic alterations, mitochondrial function and increased risk of vascular diseases.
Lisiane MeiraCellular responses to stress and their importance in the pathogenesis and therapeutics of cancer and other chronic diseases associated with ageing.
Martha BetsonUnderstanding the spread of parasitic diseases of humans and animals and determining strategies to control them
Masoud FakhimiSustainability and behavioural analytics in the healthcare system.
Monique RaatsFood-related behaviour / practices and policy interventions to achieve positive health and sustainability change
Paola CampagnoloTissue engineering for cardiovascular diseases
Patrizia Camelliti Tissue engineering and cardiac fibrosis.
Philip AstonMedical signal analytics and machine learning for diagnostics. 
Susan Lanham-NewThe effect of micronutrients on musculo-skeletal health and how to prevent vitamin D deficiency in vulnerable population groups
Simon N. ArcherSleep and health
Simon EvansFactors (including diet, sleep) that influence cognition, brain function and mental health. Interventions to support mental health and promote healthy brain ageing
Terri GrassbyNovel polysaccharides and oligosaccharides in food to reduce glycaemic load. 
Thorsten BarnhoferChanges in trajectories of mental disorders and ageing that can be achieved by training people to respond more adaptively to stress.