Margarita Dominguez-Villar, PhD
Marga Dominguez-Villar is a Senior Lecturer in Immunology in the Department of Infectious Disease at Imperial College London. She obtained her PhD from the University of Cadiz (Spain) and her postdoctoral training from both Harvard Medical School and Yale School of Medicine. Her laboratory investigates the mechanisms that control innate and adaptive immune responses in human disease, with a particular focus on T cell responses and regulatory T cell function/dysfunction in autoimmune and infectious diseases.
I am a PhD student in the Dominguez-Villar lab. Previously a medical student, I realised during an intercalated MSc in Immunology that I wanted to dedicate myself entirely to research. Here in the MDV lab, I study the role of autocrine TNF in the maintenance of Treg identity in homeostasis and in multiple sclerosis. Outside of work, I love to read fiction, go bouldering or exercise with friends, learn about art and philosophy, and express my creativity in writing.
I am currently a PhD student in the Dominguez-Villar lab. I carried out my undergraduate studies in Biochemistry at the University of Birmingham before completing my Master’s degree in Immunology at Imperial. My MSc project focused on the effect of hyperglycaemia on the human monocyte response to influenza infection also in the Dominguez-Villar lab. My PhD project is now funded by Diabetes UK where I have expanded my focus to look at the monocyte response to respiratory viral infection in individuals with type 1 diabetes. Outside of the lab I enjoy running and reading.
Allison K. Maher
I am an undergraduate student at Imperial College London doing my final year project in Dominguez-Villar lab. I will be focusing on the role of OAS2 on human T cells. Outside of the lab, I enjoy reading and cooking to relax myself.