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Name Dr Kathleen Gillespie
Job title Reader in Molecular Medicine
Department Bristol Medical School (THS) University of Bristol
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Qualifications BSc(Galway), PhD(Wales)
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Keywords autoimmunity
genetic mechanisms
maternal cells
functional pancreatic beta cells
NK cells
autoimmune diabetes
diabetes
Down's syndrome
Areas of expertise I am a molecular biologist with a long term interest in the genetic mechanisms underlying autoimmunity. I joined the Diabetes and Metabolism Unit in 1998 as a Non-Clinical Lecturer having worked previously as a post-doctoral researcher at the Academic Renal Unit in Bristol and at the Department of Medicine, University of Cambridge. My current research projects include further analysis of the novel observation that maternal cells have the capacity to differentiate into functional pancreatic beta cells, studies into the role of NK cells in autoimmune diabetes and the immunogenetic characterisation of Diabetes in Down’s Syndrome. Current funding has been obtained from the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and the European Foundation for the Study of Diabetes.