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Nicola Overton, PhD


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Nicola is a post doc in the Manchester Fungal Infection Group (MFIG) at The University of Manchester. This group falls within the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health. The group was based at The University Hospital of South Manchester (Wythenshawe) for many years, but has moved in 2014 to the Core Technology Facility nearer the main University campus.

Nicola's PhD and current research investigate genetic susceptibility to aspergillosis and she works closely with the National Aspergillosis Centre at Wythenshawe hospital as well as with colleagues in MFIG. Nicola's research involves studying host-pathogen interactions of human immune cells and Aspergillus as well as completing genetic association studies, including resequencing and exome sequencing studies, using patients and controls to investigate the causes of human susceptibility to aspergillosis. She has presented posters on this work at various conferences, including ISHAM, EAACI, ECCMID and AAA, and has also published these results in peer reviewed journals.

Before beginning her current position at The University of Manchester, Nicola completed a degree in Genetics at The University of Liverpool. This included a year in industry. After this, she completed a PhD at The University of Manchester. 

MFIG website:



MSc Molecular Mycology - Lectures: Immune Responses to Aspergillus, RT-PCR

Supervision of various MSc and undergraduate research students on projects lasting from 6 weeks to 6 months


PhD in Genetic Factors Underlying Susceptibility to Fungal Lung Disease - The University of Manchester

BSc (Hons) in Applied Genetics - The University of Liverpool

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being


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