Protein trafficking and inflammation

We are discovering new genes, proteins and cellular pathways that help us understand how inflammation is turned on and off in immune cells


Inflammation is an important defence against infection but it can also contribute to chronic diseases, like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, and to kidney, lung, vascular and bowel diseases, and importantly, to cancer.

Immune cells, including  macrophages, release cytokines or messengers that can over-stimulate immune responses in acute infection, causing a ‘cytokine storm’ , or they can continuously active inflammation causing tissue damage in chronic disease.

Our goal is to identify molecules and pathways that can be targeted with new or existing drugs to modulate inflammation in many disease situatios

As molecular cell biologists we are interested in the cellular pathways for cytokine secretion and for pathogen recognition and surveillance that contribute to inflammation.

Macropinocytosis is a ‘drinking and eating’ pathway for many cells. It is important for the pathogen-mediated activation of macrophages and it can be upregulated in cancer to sustain the survival of cancer cells.

Dissecting differential regulators for the control of macropinocytosis is of particular prevalence in our current research.

We partner with other groups in the IMB Centre for Inflammation and Disease Research and others around the world, for multidisciplinary research.

Group leader

Prof Jenny Stow

Professor Jenny Stow

Group Leader, Protein trafficking and inflammation

Deputy Director (Research), Institute for Molecular Bioscience

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1454 international collaborators
385 original publications in 2020
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