Caitlin Thompson

PhD Student

I graduated from the University of Warwick in 2014 with a BSc (Hons) in Biomedical Sciences and went on to complete a postgraduate MSc in Infection and Immunity from University College London in 2016. After graduating from UCL, I began a Research Assistant role at the University of Liverpool, Institute of Infection and Global Health under Professor Cheng-Hock Toh, researching early biomarkers of Sepsis and their use in diagnostics. In 2019, I joined UKHSA (formerly PHE) as a Healthcare Scientist Practitioner working in the Vaccine Evaluation Unit at the Manchester Royal Infirmary. My work was predominantly focused on clinical trails research of new and improved Meningitis vaccines. In 2020, I moved to the Diagnostic research group at LSTM under Dr Emily Adams to begin a Research Technician role working on the development and evaluation of novel point-of-care COVID diagnostics.

I began a PhD funded by the NIHR HPRU in Emerging Zoonotic Infections in June 2020. My research is focused on the development and evaluation of monoclonal antibodies for their use in diagnostics of emerging zoonotic infections. My primary focus is on the development of a rapid point-of-care lateral flow device for the detection of Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever Virus.