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Olivia Thomas Postdoctoral Researcher

Olivia completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Leeds where she studied medical microbiology with a focus on immunology. Following this she studied for a PhD at the School of Cancer Sciences at University of Birmingham, working in the T cell research group under Prof Alan Rickinson. Her PhD project investigated T cell and antibody responses to Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) in multiple sclerosis patients, and also explored cross-reactivity of virus-specific T cell responses with central nervous system proteins. During her studies at Birmingham, Olivia also completed a brief placement funded by Universitas21 and the British Society for Immunology in Prof Scott Burrow’s lab at the Queensland Institute for Medical Research, Brisbane. Following her PhD, Olivia continued working at the University of Birmingham with Dr Graham Taylor as a research assistant on several projects, including an epidemiological study of Herpesviruses in collaboration with researchers at University College London and on a clinical trial of EBV vaccination in cancer patients from Hong Kong. Olivia recently joined the Fugger lab as a postdoc and the focus of her research is investigating T cell responses in multiple sclerosis.

Education and Training

BSc Medical Microbiology 2010-2013, Faculty of Biological Sciences, University of Leeds, UK.


PhD Immunology 2013-2017, Institute of Cancer and Genomic Sciences, University of Birmingham, UK. Supervised by Dr Jill Brooks and Dr Graham Taylor.


Research assistant 2017, Institute of Immunology and Immunotherapy, University of Birmingham, UK.


Postdoctoral researcher 2017-present, Nuffield Department for Clinical Neuroscience, University of Oxford, UK

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