Senior Lecturer in Immunology
I am an immunologist whose research focuses upon immune and stromal cell biology and the interactions which take place between these cells in tissues. I am particularly interested in cellular metabolism and the role that metabolic responses might play in the processes of ageing and chronic inflammation. I am passionate about sharing my interests through teaching and public engagement.
Teaching and supervision
I'm a Senior Lecturer in Immunology and year lead in the School of Medicine. I lead and teach units associated with the bodies defenses throughout Phase 1 (years 1 and 2) of the undergraduate Medicine MBChB.
I have taught on a number of Biomedical Sciences, Pharmacy and Medicine and Surgery programmes prior to joining the team here at University of Sunderland.
Research interests for potential research students
- Chronic inflammation with a focus on rheumatoid arthritis
- Immune and stromal cell metabolism
- T cell recognition of antigens
My research interests focus around immune responses in chronic inflammatory diseases. In recent years, I have developed questions around how metabolism shapes immune responses and how metabolism is a set of collaborative processes between immune and stromal cells.
Falconer, Jane, Pucino, Valentina, Clayton, Sally A., Marshall, Jennifer L., Raizada, Sabrina, Adams, Holly, Philp, Andrew, Clark, Andrew R., Filer, Andrew, Raza, Karim, Young, Stephen P. and Buckley, Christopher D. (2021) Spontaneously Resolving Joint Inflammation Is Characterised by Metabolic Agility of Fibroblast-Like Synoviocytes. Frontiers in Immunology, 12. p. 725641. ISSN 1664-3224
Falconer, Jane, Murphy, AN, Young, SP, Clark, AR, Tiziani, S, Guma, M and Buckley, CD (2018) Synovial cell metabolism and chronic inflammation in rheumatoid arthritis. Arthritis and Rheumatology, 70 (7). pp. 984-999. ISSN 2326-5205
Falconer, Jane (2017) Toward cellular biomarkers for rheumatoid arthritis: Biomarkers in RA. Rheumatology. pp. 174-175. ISSN 1462-0332
Falconer, Jane, Tibbitt, C, Stoop, J, van Eden, W, Robinson, JH and Hilkens, CMU (2016) Reduced TCR-dependent activation through citrullination of a T-cell epitope enhances Th17 development by disruption of the STAT3/5 balance. European Journal of Immunology, 46. pp. 1633-1643. ISSN 1521-4141
Falconer, Jane, Mahida, R, Venkatesh, D, Pearson, J and Robinson, JH (2016) Unconventional T-cell recognition of an arthritogenic epitope of proteoglycan aggrecan released from degrading cartilage. Immunology, 147 (4). pp. 389-398. ISSN 1365-2567
Falconer, Jane, Werner, A, Cockell, S, Carlile, Mark, Alnumeir, Sammer and Robinson, JH (2014) Contribution of natural antisense transcription to an endogenous siRNA signature in human cells. BMC Genomics, 15 (19). ISSN 1471-2164
Falconer, Jane, Lowes, K, Furmanski, AL, Dyson, J, Ng, WF and Robinson, JH (2013) Intramolecular polyspecificity in CD4 T-cell recognition of Ad-restricted epitopes of proteoglycan aggrecan. Immunology, 177 (9). pp. 5840-5851. ISSN 1365-2567
Falconer, Jane, Tudhope, SJ, von Delwig, A, Pratt, A, Woolridge, T, Wilson, G, Isaacs, JD and Ng, WF (2010) Profound invariant natural killer T-cell deficiency in inflammatory arthritis. Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, 69-10 (10). ISSN 1468-2060
Falconer, Jane, Aust, JG, Gays, F, Reid, DM, Toyama-Sorimachi, N, Taylor, PR and Brooks, CG (2006) Ly49B Is Expressed on Multiple Subpopulations of Myeloid Cells. Journal of Immunology, 177 (9). ISSN 1550-6606
- Lymphocyte biology
- Antigen processing and presentation
- Stromal cell biology
- Chronic inflammation
I completed a BSc (Hons) in Medical Microbiology and Immunology at Newcastle University before embarking upon a Nuffield Foundation funded 4 year PhD at the same institution as part of the Oliver Bird Rheumatism Programme. This incorporated an MRes in Medical and Molecular Biosciences and culminated in a thesis entitled ‘T cell recognition of proteoglycan aggrecan, a candidate autoantigen in inflammatory arthritis.
I carried out postdoctoral research investigating antigen presentation and CD4+ T cell responses in the human rheumatoid arthritis joint and in the cystic fibrosis lung, and continued these research interests as a Lecturer in Biomedical Sciences at Northumbria University.
In 2014, I moved to University of Birmingham as a Research Fellow in Rheumatology and was promoted to Lecturer in Inflammation and Ageing in 2017.
Throughout my career, I have worked with the Centre for Life in Newcastle upon Tyne delivering diverse public engagement programmes to school groups and the public.
I hold a PGCE in Secondary Science.