Dr Erica Wilson

Dr Erica Wilson


I am a Senior Postdoctoral Fellow in Translational Neuro-oncology, based in LIMR. I completed my BSc in Biomedical Sciences at Kings College, London, and my PhD in Cancer Immunotherapy at the University of Cambridge. My first postdoctoral position at the Terry Fox Laboratory, BC Cancer Research center, Vancouver, Canada, focused on the basic biology of murine Natural Killer cells, after which I moved to vVax Ltd in Leeds where I developed exosome-mediated drug delivery vehicles. I returned to academia to a Yorkshire Cancer Research funded post, working with Professor Graham Cook investigating tumour mediated inhibition of human Natural Killer cells.

 I am now a senior research fellow in Neuro-Oncology, working with Professor Susan Short and Professor Alan Melcher on a project funded by The Brain Tumour Charity. My current work focuses on immunology and immunotherapeutic strategies in Glioblastoma. I aim to understand how the immune system responds to immunotherapy in the brain, and develop a better understanding of this complex and immune tolerant environment. Many of my research questions centre around which of the resident and infiltrating immune cells respond to oncolytic viruses and how we might manipulate them for improved therapeutic effect within the unique microenvironment of the brain.



  • BSc Biomedical Sciences ( Immunology), Kings College London
  • PhD Cancer Immunotherapy, University of Cambridge

Professional memberships

  • British Society for Immunology

Student education

I teach seminars and lectures on the MSc in Molecular Medicine, and Undergraduate Research and Evaluation and Special Studies on the MBChB year 1.

Research groups and institutes

  • Leeds Institute of Medical Research at St James's

Current postgraduate researchers

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