Dr Tovah Shaw
BBSRC Discovery Fellow, Lecturer in Immunology
Gut resident macrophages perform a variety of roles that support intestinal function and protect it from infections. The ways in which environmental factors, such as nutrients and microbes, affect the function of these macrophages are not well understood. My lab is interested in understanding the different types of macrophages that exist in the gut, the different functions they perform, and how they are influenced by the environment around them. A good understanding of how and when macrophage functions can be manipulated by environmental signals could lead to evidence-based microbial and dietary supplementation to promote the maintenance and restoration of gut health.