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Dr Ross Walton

Following an MSc in immunology in 2001, Ross continued at Imperial College London undertaking a PhD in collaboration with GlaxoSmithKline. His thesis investigated interactions between respiratory viral infections and allergic airway inflammation and asthma. Subsequent to his PhD award in 2005, Ross joined the laboratory of Professor Sebastian Johnston in the Department of Respiratory Medicine at Imperial College and continued investigation into mechanism of viral modification of allergen responses, culminating in developing and co-first authoring a Nature Medicinepaper in 2008 documenting the world’s first mouse models of rhinovirus infection and rhinovirus induced asthma exacerbations, receiving extensive media coverage.

Ross continues his research into understanding the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying both the inception of and exacerbation of asthma by respiratory viral infection, with a view to improve treatment of virus-induced airways disease.