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Leila Godfrey

Postdoctoral Immunologist

Working in the ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 trial team, I contribute to measuring the magnitude, longevity and phenotype of the T cell response to the SARS-CoV-2 vaccine. Lead for the variants trial, I am also collaborating with the Dong Group to explore in depth the vaccine response to challenge by emerging variants of concern.

Before The Jenner Institute, I worked with Professor John Todd at the Diabetes and Inflammation Laboratory (DIL) in the Wellcome Centre for Human Genetics. Here, I helped to develop a novel single cell sequencing technology which combines mRNA and protein quantitation. This new assay has now been used to explore regulatory T cell populations in autoimmune disease. I also performed flow cytometric phenotyping analyses for biomarker identification in clinical trial samples from patients with type 1 diabetes, with specialist training in the purification of specific lymphoid populations by flow cytometric sorting (BD FACSAria Fusion).

Prior to DIL, I worked for 2 years in Analytical Development at Immunocore, a Biotech with clinical stage T cell receptor therapies. My Doctoral training under Professor Margaret Callan at Imperial College London, studied the role of Natural Killer Cells in dysfunctional inflammation