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Medical Research Council (MRC)

European Research Council (ERC)

Cancer Research UK (CRUK)

Leukaemia UK

Anjali Kusumbe


Principal Investigator

Anjali Kusumbe is the head of the Tissue and Tumour Microenvironments Group at the MRC Human Immunology Unit and MRC Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine.

She received an MRC Career Development Award in 2017 and ERC, Starting Grant, in 2019 to lead her independent research programme. She completed her postdoctoral research at the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Biomedicine, Germany, in 2016. She pursued her doctoral studies with a Council of Scientific and Industrial Research fellowship, India and was awarded a PhD in 2012.

Anjali was awarded the Life Sciences Medal (Royal Microscopical Society), Werner-Risau Memorial Award (German Society for Cell Biology), Iain T Boyle Memorial Award (European Calcified Tissue Society), Women In Cell Biology Early Career Medal (British Society for Cell Biology), Alice L. Jee Award (Orthopaedic Research Society), John Goldman Fellowship (Leukaemia UK), and Kennedy Trust for Rheumatology Research (KTRR) Senior Fellowship for her work.

She is a member of the Royal Microscopical Society Life Sciences Section Committee. She was an elected member of the European Calcified Tissue Society Academy & served as the task force leader of the mentoring committee for students and postdocs.  Her lab received the 2022 GOLD Award in recognition of exemplary actions undertaken to improve sustainability and efficiency practices as part of the Laboratory Efficiency Assessment Framework (LEAF).

She is a UK reference customer for Miltenyi Biotec (MB); and her lab collaborates closely with MB to advance tissue imaging. She led the set-up of the 3D tissue imaging, light sheet imaging of cleared tissues and contributed to funding acquisition which laid the foundation for the current Oxford-Zeiss Centre of Excellence (Zeiss CoE); and mentored the current Zeiss CoE facility director and staff in tissue imaging.

The Kusumbe group is very grateful to MRC, ERC, Leukaemia UK, CRUK and KTRR for supporting the research in the lab.

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