Staff profile

Dr Elizabeth Marsh


Senior Lecturer in Cellular and Molecular Biology

Elizabeth Marsh working in Forensics lab

Subject

Biomedical Science and Human Biology

College

College of Science and Engineering

Department

School of Human Sciences

Research centre

Human Sciences Research Centre

ORCiD ID

0000-0002-4776-3588

Campus

Kedleston Road, Derby Campus

Email

e.marsh@derby.ac.uk

About

I obtained my BSc and PhD from the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Birmingham before embarking on postdoctoral research dissecting host-pathogen interactions in epithelial cells at the University of Birmingham (Cancer Sciences) and then at the University of Sheffield (Infection, Immunity and Cardiovascular Disease). I was appointed as Lecturer in Molecular and Cellular Biology at the University of Derby in 2017 and promoted to Senior Lecturer in September 2019.

Teaching responsibilities

I am the programme lead for Human Biology.  I teach on and lead modules across our Biosciences programmes including Concepts of Health and Disease, Anatomy and Physiology, Chemistry of Life, Microbiology, Oncology and Immunology, Biomedical Professional Practice, Genetics, Molecular Biology, and the Research Project.

Research interests

My research interests are rooted in host-pathogen interactions and innate immunity. I utilise a basic science approach to probe the host response to pathogenic infection in order to identify and explore the potential of targeting specific interactions for their therapeutic potential in infectious disease. 

My PhD studies utilised molecular and survival analyses to describe immunological gene ‘trade-offs’ during infection with the bacteria Salmonella Typhimurium and fungal pathogen Cryptococcus neoformans in the model host Caenorhabditis elegans. During my first post-doctoral research in the CRUK (Cancer Research UK) Institute for Cancer Sciences at Birmingham, I utilised an organotypic raft model to dissect the interaction between the human papillomavirus (HPV) oncoprotein E6 and host PDZ proteins in cervical cancer.

I moved to the University of Sheffield in 2014 to continue my interest in virus-host interactions. I developed a complementary approach of epithelial cell and murine models to describe the role of a TLR3 effector, Pellino-1, in controlling the inflammatory response to respiratory viruses (rhinovirus and influenza A). 

I now lead a number of projects investigating the natural history and epidemiology of HPV in head and neck cancer.

Membership of professional bodies

Qualifications

Recent conferences

Experience in industry

Research posts

International experience

I like to work collaboratively and have worked in the labs of Professor Fred Ausubel and Dr Javier Irazoqui at Harvard Medical School, Dr Lawrence Banks at the ICGEB, Trieste, and Professor Paul Moynagh at NUI Maynooth.

In the media

July 2018 - My response to the Government's announcement for gender-neutral vaccination was covered by both The Independent and the Huffington Post.

Recent publications

a stack of syringes

Dr Elizabeth Marsh, Lecturer in Cellular and Molecular Biology at the University of Derby, explains why allowing boys to have the HPV jab is long overdue.