Newcastle University, UK
Simi Ali is currently a Professor in Immunobiology at the Institute of Cellular Medicine at Newcastle University in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK. Prof Ali obtained her PhD in Biochemistry from Central Drug Research Institute in Lucknow, India and was a post-doctoral fellow in Molecular Biology at UMIST, Manchester, UK and in the Department of Biological Sciences at University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne. She is on the scientific panel for the Northern Counties Kidney Research Fund Scientific Sub-Committee. Prof. Ali has published over 50 peer-reviewed manuscripts and a book chapter, and has been an invited speaker at numerous conferences. She is on the editorial board of Mediators of Inflammation and Translational Biomedicine. She was recently awarded special recognition award by Roche Organ Transplantation Research Foundation.
Main area of research has been studying the immunobiological processes that result in tissue damage, which has applications in transplantation immunobiology and cancer immunotherapy. Within this area, specific interests include the role of chemokines in inflammation, their interaction with cell surface glycosaminoglycans and signal transduction mechanism mediated by them.