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Dr David Swan

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Lecturer in Immunology

I am a Lecturer in Immunology in the School of Medicine. I teach first and second-year medical students, facilitate problem-based learning, and provide pastoral support.

The immune system is an awesome product of evolution and it's a privilege to talk about it – and further our understanding of it through research.

Teaching and supervision

Year 1: Adaptive Immunity, Clinical Immunity
Year 2: Diseases of the Immune System

Research interests for potential research students

Disorders of the immune system:

  • Primary immunodeficiency
  • Monogenic disorders causing immune dysregulation
  • Autoimmunity


  • Finding the genetic causes and delineating the molecular mechanisms of novel primary immunodeficiencies
  • Discovering the changes in the immune system that are associated with disease flare in patients with relapsing-remitting autoimmune diseases
  • Developing therapies that restore self-tolerance in patients with autoimmune diseases
  • Control of lymphocyte migration
  • Signalling in lymphocyte development
  • Regulation of T cell responses by dendritic cells

Last updated 12 October 2022