I investigated the control of T cell functionality in the human neonate, within the Department of Immunobiology in the School of Immunology and Microbial Sciences.
Prior to my PhD, I graduated with an MSc in Immunology of Infectious Diseases from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine in 2017, and a BSc (Hons) in Molecular Biology from the University of Sheffield in 2016. During my Master’s, I also worked as a Medical Laboratory Assistant at Frimley Park Hospital, NHS. I then completed a 2-year R&D Graduate Scheme in AstraZeneca to gain additional laboratory experience, and this inspired me to undertake a PhD.
I was particularly drawn to the MRC DTP as it offered the 0+3.5 year structure; I felt ready to start my PhD having completed multiple research projects prior to the programme. I enjoyed being part of a scheme, which provides opportunities to meet other students and take skills workshops throughout the PhD.
The scientific and transferrable skills I have developed during the programme have equipped me for my next chapter in life – to train to become a life sciences Patent Attorney.
Sarah Gee, Manju Chandiramani, Jeffrey Seow, Emily Pollock, Carlotta Modestini, Abhishek Das, Timothy Tree, Katie J. Doores, Rachel M. Tribe & Deena L. Gibbons. The legacy of maternal SARS-CoV-2 infection on the immunology of the neonate. Nature Immunology (2021).
Gaayathri Ariyakumar†, Sarah Gee†, Abhishek Das, Shraddha Kamdar, Rachel M. Tribe and Deena L. Gibbons. Activation of Lymphocytes in Healthy Neonates Within Hours of Birth. Frontiers in Immunology (2022).
Resulting from my work in AstraZeneca:
Gee S, Nelson N, Bornot A, Carter N, Cuomo ME, Dovedi SJ, Smith PD, Gianni D, Baker DJ. Developing an Arrayed CRISPR-Cas9 Co-Culture Screen for Immuno-Oncology Target ID. SLAS Discov. 2020 Jul;25(6):581-590.
Best oral presentation award – School of Immunology and Microbial Sciences Research Symposium (2022)
Best poster presentation award – School of Immunology and Microbial Sciences Research Symposium (2021)
“The legacy of maternal SARS-CoV-2 infection on the immunology of the neonate” – British Society for Immunology Congress 2021