Immunologist in the University of Manchester
Professor Sheena Cruickshank is an immunologist in the University of Manchester. Her research aims to understand how the immune response distinguishes what is good like the microbiome constituents that live in and on us from what is bad like parasitic infection. In particular she focuses on understanding how the cells lining tissues such as the gut, the epithelial cells, interact with microbes and the underlying immune cells. This work is then used as a basis to developing biomarkers as tools that can help with patient diagnosis and patient care in disease such as IBD. She also enjoys communicating her research to the public and policy makers and has discussed infection and her work on the radio and TV.