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Caitlin O’Brien-Ball

Caitlin O’Brien-Ball, CHAIR

After graduating with a degree in Biomedical Sciences from Queen Mary, University of London, Caitlin moved to Oxford to start her 4 year DPhil at the Radcliffe Department of Medicine, supervised by Prof. Simon Davis and Dr. Mafalda Santos. 

Caitlin's studies in the Davis Lab are focussed on the regulation and mechanisms of T cell receptor triggering, including the role of cell topology and signalling microclustersAdditionally, in collaboration with the Klenerman group at the University of Cambridge, she is involved in work using super-resolution microscopy to investigate how our current understanding of T cell receptor triggering may apply to other lymphocyte receptors.  

Throughout her time in Oxford she has had an active role in many committees, as she enjoys giving back to her local community of students and scientists. 

May Sin Ke

May Sin Ke, Secretary 

May graduated from University of Tsukuba, Japan in 2019 with a BSc in Bio-Resource where she worked under the supervision of Prof. Hiroko Isoda on developing 3D spheriod culture model of primary dermal papilla cell lines to study the effects of natural compounds on hair growth. Currently, she is a DPhil Oncology candidate from the University of Oxford, UK. Tumour heterogeneity is an important factor contributing to cancer immunotherapy resistance. She is interested in studying how tumours can be primed for a better response to the immune checkpoint inhibitors through a combination of biological and computational modelling methods. Her research focuses on investigating the tumour heterogeneity in triple negative breast cancer under acute and chronic hypoxia using methods such as single-cell RNA sequencing and 3D biological models.

Quang Nguyen

Quang Nguyen, Public Engagement Lead

Quang obtained a BS in cell and molecular biology from Duke University, US and an Erasmus LIVE MSc in vaccinology where he interned at GSK Vaccines, BE. Currently, he is an Oxford-Hoffmann DPhil candidate at the University of Oxford, UK. His research integrates high-parameter experimental and computational analyses to identify novel CD8 T cells with immune regulatory functions in human lymphoid tissues. Previously, Quang explored HIV/SIV B cell immunology in the lab of Dr. Sallie Permar at the Duke Human Vaccine Institute, and HIV T cell immunology in the lab of Dr. Richard Koup and Dr. Joseph Casazza at the US NIH Vaccine Research Center.

Joining OIG, Quang aims to bring the exciting advances in immunology research within and outside of Oxford to a wider community. 

Carolyn Nielsen

Carolyn Nielsen, Science in Progress co-Lead

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 FernandesSCIENCE IN PROGRESS CO-LEAD

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!