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WELCOME TO THE  PROTEASE AND INNATE IMMUNITY LAB

Led by Dr. Dave Boucher

 

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HOW ARE INFLAMMASOMES ACTIVATED?

WHAT ARE THE CONSEQUENCES OF CASPASES ACTIVATION?

HOW IS CASPASE ACTIVITY CONTROLLED DURING INFLAMMATION?

HOW CASPASES AND INFLAMMASOMES ARE CONTRIBUTING TO DISEASE? 

 
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OUR TEAM

 
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GEMMA BANISTER (SHE/HER)

PhD student in mechanistic biology
BBSRSC-funded

Education: BA Natural Sciences, University of Cambridge

Current position: PhD student, 

Project: Gemma is studying how GBPs assemble and control the non-canonical inflammasome during bacterial infections

What you like to do when you are not in the lab: I love Ballroom and Latin Dancing! I compete with the University dancesport team. 

Favourite book: Uprooted, Naomi Novik

Favourite movie- Paddington

Fun fact about yourself: I came second in the World Paper and Comb Championship in 2011 with my parents, only beaten by the beatbox version of the Thomas the Tank Engine theme.

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MR ALEXANDER HOGG (HE/HIM)

MRes student

Ash Marcus has an incredible dedication to the work they do as Project Supervisor. They are a recent addition to the team, but they are already making invaluable contributions toward our research goals.

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MR. BENJAMIN SAVIDGE (HE/HIM)

Research technician

Nationality: British 

Education: BSc Medical Microbiology, MSc Infection and Immunity, PhD Cellular Immunology, all U of Leicester

Current position: Laboratory Technician

Project: Ben wears many hats in the Boucher lab, helping organising and maintaining the lab. On top of this, his project focus on understanding the molecular mechanism controlling inflammatory caspases activity. 

Favorite quote: Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn." -Benjamin Franklin

                         “This’ll be fun. We’ll stay up late, swapping manly stories, and in the morning… I’m making waffles!” – Donkey (Shrek)

                          "Choo Choo" - Unknown conductor.  (Runaway mine train Alton Towers.) 

What you like to do when you are not in the lab, Eat, Sleep and not write a thesis.  (or read/videogames)

Favorite book (Series): Malazan book of the fallen

Favorite movie: I watch Black hawk down every Christmas morning

Fun fact about yourself:

Possibly in the top 1-0.1% of EU4 players

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DR DAVE BOUCHER (HE/HIM)

Lab head/ Lecturer in Biomedical Science

Nationality: Canadian

Education: Bsc in Biotechnology (major in molecular Biology), PhD Pharmacology (University of Sherbrooke, Canada). 

Current position: Lab Head, Lecturer in Biomedical Sciences

Project: Dave has a very secret projects...

Favorite quote: Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution (Einstein)

What you like to do when you are not in the lab: I enjoy hiking and the outdoors as much as I enjoy a nice beer in a quiet pub. He also enjoy running (although quite slowly), cooking and baking. I am also an avid sport fan and enjoy watching Ice hockey and Tennis

Favorite book: Novecento (Baricco)

                         The Alchimist (Coehlo)

Favorite movie: Indiana Jones (wanted to be an archaeologist as a child)

Fun fact about yourself: I own a pet goat when I was  a college and University student. 

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UNDERGRADUATE TRAINEES

Future research leads

As our experienced Research Adviser, Max Johnson is a fundamental part of what makes Protease and innate immunity lab such a successful Science Lab. They are truly an invaluable member of our hardworking team.

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ALUMNI

Post-Doctoral Fellow

Miss Georgia Bateman (Currently PhD, Queens University Belfast)
Mx Panagiotis Verzi ( Currently Research assistant, Imperial Colleges London)

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Alexandros Chatzis (he/him)

ALEXANDROS CHATZIS

PhD student (co-Supervisee)
Kourtzelis lab (York)

Nationality: Greek

Education (BSc/PhD, etc): Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Biotechnology (University of Thessaly, 2011-2016), Master of Research (King's College London, 2017-2019). Let me know if further work experience is needed.

Current position: PhD researcher/candidate in Cancer and Immunology

Project: I focus on novel cancer immunotherapies (e.g. immunomodulators, monoclonal antibodies) to harness and enhance the myeloid cell activity (e.g. phagocytosis, efferocytosis) to mediate innate immune training and potentially suppress tumour growth.

Favorite quote: Fortune favours the bold.

What  do you like to do when you are not in the lab: I am a big fan of sports. I play football and tennis. I go to the gym quite frequently, I enjoy swimming (swimming pool or open water/sea) and I go for 10-15km runs. I am quite adventurous so during my holidays I choose to go on long road trips and visit new places, cultures and people.

Favorite book: Nineteen Eighty-Four (George Orwell) 

Favorite movie: Scent of a woman

Fun fact about yourself: I was once a commando (rank of sergeant) during my mandatory army service in Greece.

MORGAN JAMES

Research Adviser

As our experienced Research Adviser, Morgan James is a fundamental part of what makes Protease and innate immunity lab such a successful Science Lab. They are truly an invaluable member of our hardworking team.

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