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Department of Inflammation Biology


Our guiding mission is to identify and investigate cellular and molecular mechanisms that cause and control inflammation and to relate these findings to human health and disease.

We are interdisciplinary in nature; by bringing together different disciplines, we will accelerate our understanding of the common as well as the unique mechanisms that contribute to inflammation-related pathologies.

To achieve this, we conduct discovery-led, applied and clinical research (including clinical trials) related to inflammatory joint, lung, gut, liver, kidney and skin disease. We extend these investigations to cancer, pain, neurodegeneration and certain psychiatric and mental health disorders where inflammation is increasingly recognised as an important contributor.

We are highly committed to educating, training and inspiring the next generation of scientists and clinicians in these areas of research.



Our research groups

Lawrence Group

The Lawrence lab is part of the Department of Inflammation Biology

Taams Lab

Studying fundamental cellular and molecular mechanisms that initiate, perpetuate and regulate immune-mediated inflammation in human health and disease

Woszczek Lab

Our research focuses around role of lipid mediators in pathomechanisms of chronic inflammatory diseases such as asthma, rhinosinusitis and allergy. Using newly developed molecular and cellular biology methods we characterise functions and signalling of G-protein coupled receptors for eicosanoids (leukotrienes, prostaglandins) and sphingolipids (sphingosine-1-phosphate) and their role in immune response.

Shaw Lab

The Shaw Lab aims to understand the cell and molecular mechanisms underlying scarring.




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