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Jessica Strid

Imperial College London, UK

Dr Jessica Strid is a Reader in Cellular Immunology at the Department of immunology and inflammation, Imperial College London, UK.

Dr Strid did her MSc degree at the Danish University of Pharmaceutical Sciences in Copenhagen. She did her PhD in immunology at the Institute of Child Health, University College London, UK with a focuson food allergy and skin immunology. As a PostDoc shejoined Adrian Hayday’s research group at Kings College Londonand later worked at Cancer Research UK. Her PostDoc studies were focused on autologous sterile stress responses in the skin and their recognition by resident immune cells. In 2012 Dr Strid became and independent group leader and joined Imperial College London as a Non-clinical Lecturer. The following year she was awarded the Wellcome Trust New Investigator Awardand subsequently in 2019 the prestigious Wellcome Trust Investigator Award. The Strid laboratory studies immune surveillance at epithelial body surface tissues, such as the skin, with afocus on understanding the role of tissue resident and infiltrating immune cells in regulating epithelial cell homeostasis, repair and carcinogenesis. The laboratory has a particular interest in the origins of Type 2 immunity and its role in immune stress-surveillance.

The current lecture will discuss the capacity of tissue resident lymphoid cells to directly sense epithelial cell stress and initiate a restorative response. It will explore the type 2 nature of this response and particularly its links to type 2 B cell biology and induction of IgE antibodies. A role for IgE as a host defense mechanism against environmental DNA-damaging xenobiotics anda cooperative role for T and B cell immune surveillance in epithelial tissues will be proposed

David Sampson

University of Surrey, UK

Professor David Sampson is the Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Research & Innovation at the University of Surrey.

His research interests are in the application of light in medicine and biology and he is an authority on optical coherence tomography (OCT). His current interests are in optical microscopy, guided-wave micro-optics and parametric extensions of OCT, such asmicroscope-in-a-needle, endomicroscopy, optical elastography, polarization-sensitive OCT and OCT angiography.

Professor Sampson is a fellow of the optical societies, SPIE and OSA, of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering and alsoof the electrical engineering society, IEEE. He also serves in various society committees and editorial boards. He is currently an advisor to the board of directors of the SPIE.

His nearly 30 years of research experience include a professorship at the University of Western Australia, a senior lecturer position and senior research fellowship at the University of Melbourne and a tenured Lecturer position and research fellowship at the University of Kent at Canterbury.

Sampson’s body of work also includes amultitude of activities in the industry including commercialisation of his research through spin-off companies and support for analytical and imaging core facilities on the national and international level.

Leila Akkari

The Netherlands Cancer Institute, NL

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