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Congratulations to Dr Bethan Psaila, Dr Benjamin Fairfax, Dr Hashem Koohy, Dr Andrew Blackford and Dr Oliver Bannard who have all been awarded the title of Associate Professor in recognition of their research achievements, contribution to teaching and contributions to the Medical Sciences Division.

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Dr Bethan Psaila is Associate Professor of Haematology

Associate Professor Psaila’s research investigates the use of single-cell methods to understand the development and function of megakaryocytes. Professor Psaila leads the Normal and Malignant Megakaryocyte/Platelet Biology Group and is also a member of the Haematopoietic Stem Cell Biology Group. She is an Honorary Consultant in Haematology at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust, and a Senior Fellow of New College, Oxford. Recent research includes investigating the immune response to COVID-19 vaccines in blood cancer patients.

 

Dr Benjamin Fairfax is Associate Professor

Associate Professor Fairfax’s research investigates the genetic and epigenetic factors underlying variation in immune responses. Professor Fairfax leads the Genomics of Inflammation and Cancer Immunology Group. He is an Honorary Consultant Medical Oncologist and the William R. Miller Biomedical Sciences Research Fellow at St. Edmund Hall. Recent research includes evaluation of Immune Checkpoint Blockers (ICBs) in patients with metastatic melanoma.

 

Dr Hashem Koohy is Associate Professor of Systems Immunology

Associate Professor Koohy leads the Machine Learning and Integrative Approaches in Immunology Group in the Human Immunology Group at the WIMM. Professor Koohy’s research incorporates a range of computational, machine-learning and statistical models to understand the recognition of pathogens by T cells. Professor Koohy is also the co-lead for a recent Chan Zuckerberg initiative project. Recent research includes in-silico identification of potential vaccine targets for 2019 novel coronavirus vaccine development.

 

Dr Andrew Blackford is Associate Professor of Molecular Oncology

Associate Professor Blackford’s research studies the signalling mechanisms used by cells to respond to DNA damage, and the relationship between these pathways and diseases such as cancers. Professor Blackford leads the DNA Damage and Disease Group. He is a Cancer Research UK Career Development Fellow and Against Breast Cancer/Oriel College Research Fellow. Recent research includes detailing the molecular mechanisms that control the proposed tumor suppressor, the Bloom syndrome helicase, in cells.

 

Dr Oliver Bannard is Associate Professor

Associate Professor Bannard’s research studies adaptive immune responses. Professor Bannard leads the B Cell Immunology Group. He is a Wellcome Senior Research Fellow. Recent research includes exploring the effect of low iron availability on humoral immunity.

 

Congratulations to all awardees!

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