Maini Group


June 2015:

We are excited to see that our recent publication, Pallett et al. Nat. Med. 2015 was picked up by a number of news outlets, including a News and Views article by Vincenzo Barnaba included in the same Nature Medicine edition and a Highlight article in Nature Reviews Gastroenterology Hepatology.  

We are once again proud to announce that a former PhD student of ours, Dimitra Peppa, has recently been awarded an MRC Clinician Scientist Fellowship entitled "Natural killer cell regulation of anti-viral T cell responses in the pathogenesis of HIV infection". This will build on findings from her work with us and will run until 2019. 

We are proud to announce that Mala has been awarded a three-year MRC Project Grant to take forward the findings of our recent Nature Medicine publication (Pallett et al, 2015). The grant: 'Metabolic regulation of hepatic immunopathology by myeloid-derived suppressor cells' will be a collaborative effort involving Patrick Kennedy, Kito Fusai, Brian Davidson, Massimo Pinzani, William Rosenberg, Marcus Dorner, Jane McKeating, Margret Ashcroft, and Doreen Cantrell. 

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March 2015:

We are also pleased to announce that Upkar Gill has been awarded a Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Training Fellowship entitled ‘Harnessing the immune response in chronic HBV infection to optimize current treatment’. This project will run from 2015 to 2017 as part of a long standing collaboration with Patrick Kennedy at Barts & The London. 

We are pleased to welcome a new associate lab member - Victoria Male. She has been awarded the Wellcome Trust Henry Dale Fellowship to investigate ‘Natural killer cell subsets in the liver, their phenotype, function and role in obesity-induced liver disease'. Funding has been awarded until 2019. 

February 2015: 
The EASL Sheila Sherlock Post-doctoral fellowship previously awarded to Itziar in 2014 has been extended and enabling her work developing genetically engineered CD8+ T cells.
January 2015:
Kerstin and Mala successfully organised the 4th UK NK Meeting, January 8th, 2015. This meeting was also well attended, great talks and discussion along with some ideal networking opportunities for our lab. 
October 2014:
Laura Pallett successfully completed her PhD, entitled "Metabolic regulation of hepatic immunopathology by myeloid-derived suppressor cells" in October 2014.
September 2014:
Mala along with Pietro Lampertico and George Papatheodoris recently organised a well attended EASL Special Conference. The meeting was entitled Optimal Management of HBV, Athens 26-27th Sep 2014. A report of this meeting is soon to be published in Journal of Hepatology.
June 2014:

Successful completion of BSc dissertations, John-Paul Carter - "Genetically engineering T cells to withstand the liver environment in chronic hepatitis B infection"; Jia Ying Toh - "Regulatory and pathogenic CD4+ T cell subsets in chronic hepatitis B infection". They both received BSc 1st class degrees.  

Lab retreat:

We spent a stimulating 2 days in a cottage surrounded by beautiful Hampshire countryside, discussing our research findings and strategy together. In between we found time for swims, walks, meals, drinks and lots of laughs together. 

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April 2014:

We are proud to announce that our division has won the Athena Swan Silver Award.

Nick began his Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Training Fellowship to last until 2017. 

March 2014:
Itziar was awarded the EASL Sheila Sherlock Post-doctoral fellowship (2014-15).
August 2013:
Laura was awarded the prize for the best oral presentation at the annual Division of Infection and Immunity research Colloquium and selected to present her work to the new UCL provost.
July 2013
Mala has been awarded a prestigious Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator Award, bringing in 5 years of funding for 2 post-docs and 1 research assistant, to be advertised autumn 2013. 
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 Celebratory drinks in the Wilkin's Quad 

June 2013:
The Maini lab has negotiated a 3 month research contract with UK-based company, Immune Targeting Systems Limited.
May 2013: 
Anna Schurich from the group was the Principle Applicant on a successful Fast Track grant from the UCLH Charities and NIHR Biomedical Research Centre. 
September 2012 
Mala was selected to organise the annual International HBV meeting with John Casey. The meeting was held in Christ Church, Oxford and was very well-attended and received.
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Evening reception outside the great hall, Christ Church

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