Kate Webb, PhD

Kate Webb is a clinician scientist in paediatric rheumatologist and immunology. She recently completed a PhD at University College London where she was awarded a prestigious Action Medical Research Clinical Fellow Award. Her research, recently published in Frontiers in Immunology, investigated the effects of sex and puberty on the TLR7 mediated production of type 1 interferon by plasmacytoid dendritic cells, which may predispose females to develop juvenile systemic lupus erythematosus. She is one of the first African trained paediatric rheumatologists, and was awarded a Discovery award in order to subspecialise. She sits on the EMERGE committee of the Paediatric Rheumatology European Society, and was recently awarded the Eric Bywaters prize for research in Rheumatology from the Royal Society of Medicine. Her research focuses on the overlap between the immune system in auto-immunity, infection and autoinflammation. She has a passion for research that is translational but also equitable and relevant to less privileged and previously under-researched groups.