Katie Tungatt

Katie Tungatt

2013–Present: PhD student - President’s Scholarship.. I am currently undertaking my PhD funded for 3.5 years by Cardiff University and the BBSRC, supervised by Prof. Andrew Sewell, Dr. Garry Dolton and Dr. John Miles. My project will be looking at enhancing T-cell ligands to improve vaccination strategies, in human and non-primate disease relevant models.

2012-2013: University of Cardiff, Institute of Infection & Immunity - JDRF Funded Research Assistant. I assisted on a project funded by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation with the overall aim of identifying and characterising biomarkers of Type 1 diabetes. I was responsible for the production and quality control of HLA multimers, for the phenotypic study of relevant T cells, as well as working on other aspects of the project where required.

2008-2012: University of Bath, BSc (hons) Biology with Professional Placement; First class. During my degree I undertook a placement year at the Stem Cell Institute, University of Minnesota, UA. My project examined the effects of introducing three transcription factors, Pdx1, Ngn3 and MafA, into various cell types. This gene combination had previously been reported by another group to reprogram pancreatic exocrine cells to beta cells. We wished to know how variable the responses were in different cell types. My results essentially showed that cells developmentally related to beta cells are more responsive than unrelated ones, and that rat cells are more responsive than mouse.

Following my placement year, I was also fortunate enough to attend a summer internship in Germany funded by the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service). For ten weeks, I assisted a PhD student researching liver inflammation at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE).