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Professor Moira Whyte

Moira Whyte's research interests have focused on molecular mechanisms of innate immune cell apoptosis in the context both of chronic inflammatory lung disease and of host defence against bacterial infection.

Professor Moira Whyte

Head of the Medical School / Director of MRC Centre for Inflammation Research / Sir John Crofton Professor of Respiratory Medicine

  • MRC Centre for Inflammation Research
  • Research Theme: Tissue Remodelling and Regeneration

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Group Members

  • Patricia Coelho - Research Assistant
  • Rebecca Dickinson - Clinical Research Fellow
  • Alison Harris - Postdoctoral Fellow
  • Ananda Mirchandani - Wellcome Postdoctoral Clinical Fellow
  • Tracie Plant - ECAT Fellow (joint with Dr Sarah Walmsley)
  • Eilise Ryan – Clinical Research Fellow
  • Emily Watts – Clinical Research Fellow (joint with Dr Sarah Walmsley)
  • Joseph Willson – PhD Student

Research Overview

My research interests have focused on molecular mechanisms of innate immune cell apoptosis in the context both of chronic inflammatory lung disease and of host defence against bacterial infection. These are areas of major therapeutic challenge with no effective therapies for persistent neutrophilic inflammation and with strategies to manipulate host immune responses to pathogens having exciting potential for treatment of antibiotic-resistance infection.

Biographical Profile

I am a respiratory physician who trained mainly in London (St Bartholomew's Hospital Medical College, Hammersmith Hospital, Royal Postgraduate Medical School and Imperial Cancer Research Fund). After MRC and then Wellcome Clinical Fellowships, I moved to Sheffield in 1996 as Professor of Respiratory Medicine and Honorary Consultant in Respiratory and General Medicine. I moved to my current position in Edinburgh in 2014.

Other Responsibilities

  • Registrar, Academy of Medical Sciences
  • Deputy Chair of the MRC/NIHR Efficacy and Mechanisms Evaluation (EME) Board
  • Member, MRC Population and Systems Medicine Board (PSMB)
  • Editorial Boards: British Medical Bulletin, Hypoxia Signalling, Physiological Reports
  • International Advisory Board: Thorax
  • Member, JRCPTB Specialist Advisory Committee in Respiratory Medicine
  • I am active in both respiratory and general internal medicine. I have specialist clinics in interstitial lung disease and in adolescent respiratory medicine.

Sources of Funding

More information on funding at Moira Whyte's Research Explorer profile.