Studies of immunological diversity
Professor Gillian Griffiths
Institution or company
University of Cambridge
Our white blood cells fight off infection and keep us healthy. By analysing blood samples from healthy individuals using biological tools, we can identify those cells that have responded to particular infections and fought off disease. This allows us to ask how much variation there is in the white blood cells that can respond.
In this study, we plan to examine a particular set of white blood cells, known as T cells, that have responded to common viral infections. This research will help our understanding of the diversity of cells responding in healthy immune responses. Such information can enable future comparisons to ask how things go wrong in a disease state.