UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health


Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health


Molecular and Cellular Immunology

The section of Molecular and Cellular Immunology at ICH researches into the molecular basis of primary immunodeficiency disorders, and other related haematopoietic disorders and is developing improved forms of treatment.  One such form of treatment is somatic gene therapy, which has become a reality with the initiation of clinical trials for three life-threatening primary immunodeficiency disorders.

Professor Persis Amrolia is Head and Dr Claire Booth is the Associate Head of the Section of Molecular and Cellular Immunology. Professor Adrian Thrasher is Head of the Infection, Immunity and Inflammation Research & Teaching Department. The section comprises over 70 basic and clinical scientists, ranging from laboratory research assistants and graduate students to Consultant Immunologists and Professors. All scientists work as part of a team and on one or more problem related to the theme of our research.

Adrian Thrasher's Research Group


  • Dr Carolina Ferreira
  • Dr Giandomenico Turchiano
  • Miss Natalia Izotova
  • Dr Christine Rivat (GOSH)
  • Dr Lizzy Rivers
  • Dr Fang Zhang
  • Mr Georges Blattner
Bobby Gaspar's Research Group


Professor Gaspar talks about the gene therapy programme at the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health:


  • Miss Agnes Chan
  • Dr Giuseppa Piras
  • Mr Slawomir Wantuch
Persis Amrolia's Research Group


  • Dr Sarah Albon
  • Miss Angela Collura
  • Dr Aleks Guvenel
  • Dr Aiyin Liao
  • Dr Rachel Richardson
  • Mr Matthew Shaw
  • Ms Meera Subramaniyam
  • Dr Jenny Yeung
Waseem Qasim's Research Group


  • Mrs Hala Aldahshan
  • Miss Helena Brezovjakova
  • Mr Abraham Christi
  • Dr Aniekan (Annie) Etuk
  • Dr Christos Georgiadis
  • Mr Gaetano Naso
  • Dr Anastasia Petrova
  • Mr Roland Preece
  • Dr Jane Rasaiyaah
  • Dr Eve Rogers
  • Dr Sameer Syed
  • Dr Hong Zhan
Claire Booth's Research Group


  • Dr Amairelys Barroeta Seijas
  • Dr Benjamin Houghton
  • Miss Neelam Panchal
  • Mr Diego Leon Rico
Giorgia Santilli's Research Group
  • Miss Andrea Schejtman
  • Dr Winston Vetharoy
  • Mr Adrian Westhaus
  • Mrs Marta Zinicola
Sara Benedetti's Research Group
  • Dr Giuliana Giardino
Alice Giustacchini's Research Group
  • Dr Eduardo Gómez Castañeda
  • Dr Ilaria Marina Michelozzi


Alessia Cavazza's Research Group
  • Dr Rajeev Rai
  • Dr Marianna Romito