Dr Lynne Prince MSc PhD

Russell Fellow

Department of Infection and ImmunityLynne Prince
L Floor
The University of Sheffield Medical School
Beech Hill Road
S10 2RX

Tel:  +44 (0)114 271 2578
Fax: +44 (0)114 226 8898
Email: l.r.prince@sheffield.ac.uk


I graduated from Newcastle University in 1997 with a degree in medical microbiology. I then studied for the MSc in pathological sciences at the University of Sheffield (1999) which led to my PhD entitled `The regulation of neutrophil apoptosis by bacterial products´ (2003). In 2004 I was awarded a University of Sheffield Russell Research Fellowship to study the molecular mechanisms of neutrophil activation and apoptosis.  My scientific mentors are Professor Moira Whyte and Professor Ian Sabroe (Infection and Immunity).

Research Interests

Inflammation and inflammatory diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or rheumatoid arthritis are extremely difficult to treat effectively. During inflammation, inflammatory cells, in particular neutrophils and monocytes, are thought to be key mediators of both tissue damage and perpetuation of further inflammatory signalling.

My research focuses on the role of neutrophils during infection and inflammation, and how their inflammatory potential and function is regulated by apoptosis.  In particular, a collaboration with the University of Cardiff explores the cellular basis of inflammation in the preterm lung and partnerships with Professor Simon Foster and Dr Lynda Partridge (MBB) allow my group to study interactions between neutrophils and Staphylococcus aureus. Studying the roles of neutrophils in vivo is carried out in collaboration with Professor Steve Renshaw, using zebrafish models of inflammation (Infection and Immunity & MRC Centre for Developmental and Biomedical Genetics).

Professional activities

  • I am a member of the Society for Leukocyte Biology and the British Society for Immunology.

Current projects

  • 2014-2016 British Lung Foundation project grant to study "The regulation of inflammatory signalling in human macrophages in the context of COPD" (Dr Lynne Prince, Prof Ian Sabroe).
  • 2014-2016 Commonwealth Studentship to study "Dysregulated neutrophil function in COPD" (Dr Lynne Prince, Prof David Dockrell, Prof Moira Whyte).
  • 2013-2016 University of Sheffield Florey Studentship “Identifying novel immune modulating factors in a genome-wide S. aureus screen in primary human leukocytes” (Dr Lynne Prince, Prof Simon Foster, MBB).
  • 2013-2016 University of Sheffield Faculty studentship “The expression and roles of tetraspanins in human neutrophils” (Dr Lynne Prince, Dr Linda Partridge, MBB)
  • 2013-2014 University of Sheffield BMedSci studentship “Immune signaling in human macrophages, exploring roles for Pellino 1” (Dr Lynne Prince, Prof Ian Sabroe).
  • 2010-2013 MRC PhD studentship “The role of Hax1 in regulating myeloid cell survival in vitro and in vivo” (Dr Lynne Prince, Prof Steve Renshaw).


For Key Publications see below.  For a full list of publications click here.

Journal articles