Dr Gemma Saint MBCHB, MRCPCH, PhD

NIHR Academic Clinical Lecturer in Paediatric Respiratory Clinical Directorate Professional Services


    Personal Statement

    I am an NIHR Academic Clinical Lecturer in Paediatric Respiratory Medicine. I studied medicine at University of Leeds and completed my core paediatric training within the Yorkshire Deanery. I moved to Liverpool in 2012 to take up a Clinical Research Fellow post. In 2013 I was awarded a Wellcome Research Training Fellowship to study the pro- and anti-inflammatory effects of neutrophils in response to RSV infection. In June 2016 I was awarded my PhD from the University of Liverpool.

    My PhD, entitled “In vitro characterisation of the neutrophil in Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) bronchiolitis” focused on the interaction between the neutrophil and the pathogen RSV. RSV is a common cause of bronchiolitis during infancy. My data supported a novel role for neutrophils as innate cells at the frontline of antiviral immunity in RSV disease.

    The main focus of my work as an NIHR Academic Clinical Lecturer is the other major cause of bronchiolitis, Rhinovirus. In addition to this I am part of a team of clinicians gathering data on the diagnosis, treatment and outcomes of non-tuberculous mycobacterium (NTM) infection in children with Cystic Fibrosis.

    I am also completing my training as a Paediatric Respiratory clinician at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital.

    Prizes or Honours

    • ATS abstract award, (American Thoracic Society (ATS), 2016)
    • ATS International Trainee Scholarship (American Thoracic Society (ATS), 2014)