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The Oxford Immunology Group (OIG) is a regional branch of the British Society for Immunology (BSI). The aim is to connect students, postdocs, early-career researchers, and faculty with an interest in immunology. Within this group, we host the Science in Progress (SIP) talks once every two months and allow for the exchange of reagents, ideas and techniques across institutes and departments in Oxford.

The Science in Progress (SIP) talks are informal research presentations by graduate students, postdocs, or early career researchers to the Oxford immunology community. The SIP talks will take place once every two months and all are welcome to attend.

*** Graduate students, postdocs, and faculty who wish to give presentations please contact Caitlin O'Brien-Ball ***

SIP talks 2022

When: 21st September, 9.30 am

Where: WTCHG Seminar Room A or online

Dr. Sumana Sharma: Understanding Inhibitory Signalling in T Cells"


Previous talks


When: July 27th, 2022, 9:30am

Where: Seminar room at the CAMS China Oxford Institute (COI)/Centre for Cellular and Molecular Physiology (CCMP), The Henry Wellcome Building for Molecular Physiology, Roosevelt Drive, Oxford, OX3 7BN

***Directions:  The best way to find the COI seminar room is by going to the main entrance of the Wellcome Trust Center for Human Genetics, and asking for Ricardo Fernandes at the reception

Registration link:

Sam Palmer (Mathematical Institute): "Why do some diseases increase in risk at the same rate as thymic T-cell production goes down with age?"

Andrew MacLean (Kennedy Institute): "Dynamics of Resident Memory B cell Responses in the Lung"

SIP talks invitation


When: June 29th, 2022, 9:30am

Where: Centre for Cellular and Molecular Physiology (CCMP), The Henry Wellcome Building for Molecular Physiology

Registration link:

    Fran Donnellan (Department of Biochemistry): “Generation and characterisation of synergistic broadly neutralising Ebolavirus Glycoprotein monoclonal antibodies”

    Isabela Pedroza-Pacheco (Nuffield Department of Medicine): “Understanding the immunological environment associated with development of bnAbs in HIV-1 infection to inform vaccine design”

     SIP talks June 2022


    April 27th, 2022

    Megan Teh (MRC Human Immunology Unit): “Characterisation of T-cell biochemistry during cellular iron restriction”

    Andrew Kwok (Wellcome Centre for Human Genetics): “A neutrophil atlas in sepsis”


    February 23rd, 2022

    Dr. Stephanie Longet (Wellcome Centre for Human Genetics): 'Impact of short or long dosing intervals on humoral and cellular responses to Pfizer/BNT vaccine'

    Dr. Daniel O'Connor (Oxford Vaccine Group): 'Utilising the “-omics” toolkit to elucidate the mechanisms underlying immune responses to immunisation and infection'


    September 3rd, 2020 talks:

    Dr. Nick Provine: 'MAIT cell activation augments adenovirus vector vaccine immunogenicity’

    Dr. Emma Mead: 'Targeting Neuroinflammation in Alzheimer’s Disease’


    November 5th, 2020 talks:

    Dr. Margarida Rei: 'Enhancing tumour-specific T cell specific responses against glioblastoma'

    Dr. Dominik Aschenbrenner: 'Deconvolution of monocyte responses in inflammatory bowel disease reveals an IL-1 cytokine network that regulates IL-23 in genetic and acquired IL-10 resistance'


    January 21st, 2021 talks:

    Ms Lu Li Jovanoska (Dunn School): Innate and adaptive immune modulation by oxidative stress post-translational modifications

    Dr. Melanie Dunstan (WTCHG/TGU): Single Cell Profiling of Blood and Gut Cells in Patients with Coeliac Disease and Coeliac Disease + Type 1 Diabetes

    Caitlin O’Brien-Ball

    Caitlin O’Brien-Ball, Chair

    Caitlin is currently working in the lab of Dr. Ricardo Fernandes as an Oxford-BMS Postdoctoral Fellow, where her work is focussed on understanding inhibitory signalling in T cells and using this knowledge to improve immunotherapies.  

    Prior to this, she completed her DPhil in Medical Sciences at the WIMM, investigating early signalling in T and B cells with fluorescence and super-resolution microscopy.

    Throughout her time in Oxford she has had an active role in many academic and social committees and was recently promoted to Chair of the Oxford Immunology Group.

    Carolyn Nielsen

    Carolyn Nielsen, Symposium coordinator

    Carolyn is a Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellow working with Prof Simon Draper’s Blood-Stage Malaria Group in the Department of Biochemistry. Her research centres on interrogating the impact of vaccine platform and dosing regimen on the cellular drivers of humoral immunity using a combination of flow cytometry, systems serology, and single cell RNA sequencing. Carolyn also runs the upstream single B cell sorting for a variety of mAb production projects and is involved in the Draper group’s controlled human malaria infection (CHMI) model and transfer of this model to colleagues at the Ifakara Health Insititute (Tanzania).

    Prior to moving to Oxford, Carolyn completed her PhD at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine under the supervision of Prof Eleanor Riley. Her PhD work, supported by an MRC Vaccine Research studentship, focused on the impact of human cytomegalovirus infection on natural killer cell responses to vaccines.

    During both her PhD and a prior internship at the World Health Organization, Carolyn has been involved with leading “work-in-progress" programmes similar to the OIG SIP series and is keen to support students and early career researchers develop their networking and presentations skills.

    Ricardo Fernandes


    Ricardo Fernandes recently joined CAMS Oxford Institute coming from Stanford where he developed novel molecules to effectively shut down signalling by immune receptors such as PD-1.

    Please get in touch with us if you would be interested in joining the OIG committee!

    We are always looking for new members to join - please spread the word!

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