Dr Leonie Taams
Director of the Centre for Molecular and Cellular Biology of Inflammation (CMCBI)
Reader in Immunobiology
Chair MSc Immunology Exam Board/Deputy Program Director MSc Immunology
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Leonie Taams obtained a BSc/MSc in Medical Biology in 1994 and a PhD in Immunology in 1999 from Utrecht University in the Netherlands. She then undertook postdoctoral training at the Royal Free and University College Medical School in London, and at the University Medical Centre Utrecht in the Netherlands. In 2003, she joined the Division of Immunology, Infection & Inflammatory Disease at King’s College London as Lecturer in Immunology. She was subsequently awarded a BBSRC New Investigator Grant to set up her lab.She became Senior Lecturer in Immunology in 2007, and Reader in Immunobiology in 2013.
The main focus of research in Leonie Taams’ lab is to identify key cellular processes and molecular mechanisms involved in the regulation of inflammation in humans, with a specific interest in inflammatory arthritis. The lab studies the interactions between monocytes and CD4+ T cell subsets (Th17 and Tregs) and how they contribute to the initiation, perpetuation and resolution of inflammation. The lab hopes to use the knowledge gained to identify novel pathways and/or approaches to target inflammation in humans.
Research in the Taams laboratory is/has been funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), the Medical Research Council (MRC), Arthritis Research UK, the Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI), the Department of Health (DoH) via the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) comprehensive Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) award to Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust (GSTFT) in partnership with King’s College London (KCL) and King’s College Hospital (KCH) NHS Foundation Trust, and industrial collaborative funding.
In addition to her research activities, Leonie Taams is research project module organiser for the MSc Immunology, Chair of the MSc Immunology Exam Board and Deputy Program Director of the MSc Immunology. She is also the Programme Secretary of the British Society for Immunology (BSI), and serves on the Steering Committee of the European Workshop for Immune-Mediated Inflammatory Diseases (ewIMID). In 2012, she was awarded the School of Medicine 2011/12 Supervisory Excellence Award for PhD supervision.