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Dr Hope obtained a BSc (Hons) degree in Biological Sciences (Microbiology) from the University of Birmingham in 1991, and a PhD degree from the University of Manchester in 1994. She then carried out postdoctoral research at the University of Manchester (1994-1996) and Kings College School of Medicine and Dentistry (1996-1997). Between 1997 and 2011 Dr Hope was employed at the Institute for Animal Health where her research focused on research into innate and adaptive immune mechanisms in cattle specifically in relation into bovine tuberculosis. Dr Hope joined The Roslin Institute in August 2011; her research group focusses on innate immune responses to Mycoabcteria and other bovine pathogens.

Research students

Current Students:

Emily Anderson PhD Student 2016-2022 (part-time)

Conor O'Halloran PhD Student 2015-2019 (second supervisor)

Lindsey Waddell PhD Student 2014-2020 (part time)

Laura Vezza PhD Student 2014-2018 (second supervisor)

Heather Mathie PhD Student 2013-2017

Rebecca Mclean PhD Student 2013-2017 (second supervisor)


Previous Students:

Carly Hamilton PhD Student 2011-2015

Nazneen Siddiqui PhD Student 2007-2011

Sally Price PhD Student 2006-2009

Andrew McCormick PhD Student 2004-2007

Current Research Interests

Immune responses to Mycobacterial infections in cattle.

Research Interests

The group focuses on cellular immune responses aiming to define the mechanisms whereby natural immunity is achieved and how protective immunity is induced by vaccination. We focus specifically on antigen presenting cells and their interactions with other cells of the innate immune system including natural killer cells and gamma delta TCR+ T lymphocytes. The overall aim is to define the functional and phenotypic characteristics of innate immune cells and to assess their role in protective immunity to mycobacterial pathogens including Mycobacterium bovis and M. avium paratuberculosis. These pathogens cause economically important diseases in cattle: bovine tuberculosis and Johne’s disease. Alongside this we are interested in defining host-pathogen interactions in feline tuberculosis. Effective control of mycobacterial diseases requires the development of effective vaccines and/or diagnostic tests: this requires detailed knowledge of protective immune mechanisms. The development of new immunological tools, reagents and assays and validation across species is also an important area of research. This will provide the capacity to determine immunological correlates of protection against a number of strategically important diseases.

Administrative Roles

British Society for Immunology Forum Regional Representative for Scotland

Editorial Board Member for Veterinary Immunology & Immunopathology

Associate Editor (immunology) for Veterinary Research

Member of British Society for Immunology Vaccine Affinity Group

Research Groups

Liz Glass group

Liam Morrison group

Ivan Morrison group

Gary Entrican group (Moredun Research Institute)

John Hammond group (The Pirbright Institute)

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Cytokine Regulation of Primary Contact Sensitisation, The University of Manchester


Award Date: 1 Jan 1994

Bachelor of Science, University of Birmingham


Award Date: 1 Jan 1991

External positions

Group Leader, Bovine Immune Mechanisms, Institute for Animal Health


Postdoctoral Research Assistant, Institute for Animal Health


Postdoctoral Research Assistant, King's College London


Research Assistant, The University of Manchester



  • QR180 Immunology
  • innate immunity
  • dendritic cells
  • bovine
  • Mycobacteria


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