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Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (Advance HE), 2015

Fellow of the Institute of Biomedical Science, 2019


Member of the British Society for Immunology, since 2003

Anna Furmanski


Course Director, MSc Integrated Immunology and Senior Lecturer

I am the Course Director for the taught postgraduate programmes in Integrated Immunology, based in the Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences (NDS). I lead and manage all aspects of course delivery and development for the full-time ‘on-campus’ and the part-time online variants of the MSc programme. I am also a Senior Lecturer; I teach on both courses and I am the primary academic supervisor for our students. I’m an educator and research scientist by background, and I have a passion for immunology. 

I completed my PhD in T-cell repertoire selection at Imperial College London, in the group of Julian Dyson and Liz Simpson FRS in 2006. I then conducted post-doctoral research in T-cell development and differentiation at Imperial and the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health (GOS ICH), mentored by Tessa Crompton. I obtained a local NIHR BRC junior fellowship and consumables funding from the Royal Society to work on problems related to thymus transplantation (2010-13). I then held an independent career development fellowship (Asthma UK, 2013-16) to study the role of morphogen signalling in Th2 cell differentiation. I have authored papers on multiple aspects of T-cell biology. I’ve also supervised student research projects at BSc, MSc and PhD level.

In 2015, I took up a senior lectureship in immunology at the University of Bedfordshire (UoB) in my hometown of Luton. This allowed me to work close to home and family when I became a mum in 2016.  At UoB I gained significant teaching, academic administration and management experience including BSc and MSc course leadership, and I was departmental co-ordinator for postgraduate research degrees.  For several years I’ve acted as an External Examiner of BSc and MSc courses elsewhere, and I’m a member of the British Society for Immunology’s Teaching Affinity Group committee. I firmly believe that education is empowering and life changing. 

I’d be happy to hear from any colleagues who want to share experiences or collaborate on relevant projects. Prospective students with queries about our courses are welcome to contact me by email.