Dr Helen Wright
Helen shares reflections on her work and inspiration as a Versus Arthritis Career Development Fellow.
Description of my job
I am interested in the immune system, not only how it functions normally (e.g. to kill bacteria) but also the changes that take place when the immune system starts to attack our own bodies in auto-immune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis. I am particularly interested in how white blood cells (neutrophils) behave differently in auto-immune disease, and whether we can use neutrophils as biomarker cells to predict response to drug therapies.
The best thing about working at the University of Liverpool
One of the great things about Liverpool is the links with the local hospitals. This means I can easily get clinical samples for my research, as well as spending time speaking to patients about how living with a chronic auto-immune disease affects their day-to-day lives.