PhD Student wins poster prize at British Society for Immunology Congress

Miss Yang Li (PhD student in the Department of Infection, Immunity & Cardiovascular Disease) presented her research poster at the British Society for Immunology (BSI) Congress in Brighton 4th – 7th December. Yang presented her research on the topic of intracellular innate signalling mediated by a protein called STING (STimulator of INterferon Genes). STING is a recently discovered protein that plays a critical role in our bodies’ defence systems against viruses and bacteria. It is also becoming clear that when this protein is mutated, it leads to chronic inflammatory diseases, further highlighting the important function for STING in immunity. The research focusses on the molecular mechanisms that regulate STING activity, with the long-term goal to use this knowledge to develop novel vaccines against pathogens and to also discover new ways to treat chronic inflammation.

Yang’s supervisor Professor Endre Kiss-Toth said “Yang is an extremely dedicated young scientist, working on pioneering research. She is a fantastic member of our research group and her BSI prize is a fully deserved, clear recognition of her talent and skills. We are all very proud of her.”

Yang said “It was an unexpected surprise for me to receive one of three poster prizes which were awarded. I really enjoyed the BSI experience and meeting with a lot of excellent researchers! I’ll definitely participate next year and encourage other researchers to come with me.”

(L to R) Dr Fawaz Ali, Miss Yang Li and Mr MD Mohasin