Thomas McDonnell awarded fellowship to study lupus protein
3 October 2019
The Medical Research Foundation has awarded the Lupus research Fellowship to Dr Thomas McDonnell to study the structure and role of a protein that is critical to the development and diagnosis of lupus and antiphospholipid syndrome (APS)
Lupus is a systemic autoimmune disease that is a result of the body's immune system attacking its own tissues and organs. The inflammation caused by lupus can affect a range of body systems, such as the cardiovascular and renal systems as well as affecting joints, skin, cells and brain.
Dr Thomas McDonnell is currently working in functional biology and immunology, but for the duration of the fellowship he’ll be based at UCL Biochemical Engineering working with Professor Paul Dalby. He will also be collaborating with rheumatology at UCL as well as partners in Germany for the duration of the 3-year fellowship.
“Although the start date of the fellowship is January next year it’s something I’ve already been working on for several months. Moving to Biochemical Engineering will be a big jump!” Dr Thomas McDonnell, October 2019