Tara Sutherland

Tara Sutherland, BSc, PhD


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In 2016, I was appointed as a Research Fellow at the University of Manchester and began to lead a research group tackling themes centered around understanding the crosstalk between immune responses, stromal cells and the extracellular matrix (ECM) environment, with a particular emphasis on the lung. My early career training was in pharmacology and drug design, and I moved from Australia to the UK in 2007 applying my multidisciplinary background to understanding lung tissue repair and extracellular matrix remodeling from an immunological basis, publishing several seminal papers.  With the move to Manchester, I expanded this research to focus in greater depth on the relationship between immune cells and the extracellular matrix, placing me at the forefront of this understudied research area. My lab asks fundamental question about how cells position themselves within the local tissue environment during diseases like asthma, fibrosis and COVID-19 and aligns perfectly within the Lydia Becker Institute of Immunology and Inflammation and the Wellcome Centre for Cell Matrix Research at Manchester.

My group

Current Lab Members

Rebecca Dodd (PDRA) -  IL-13 regulation of hyaluronan in the lung

Hannah Tompkins (Wellcome Trust ICD PhD Student) - Investigating the Influence of Immune Cells and Mediators on Lung Extracellular Matrix Remodelling During Asthma

James Parkinson (PhD Student) - The Role of the Pleural Cavity in the development of the Fibrosis

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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