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Prof Stephen Todryk


Department: Applied Sciences

Stephen Todryk is Professor of Immunology within the Department of Applied Sciences.

Having received a BSc in Applied & Human Biology in Aston, Birmingham in 1989, Steve went on to work in an NHS Immunology lab in Oxford for two years. He then embarked on a PhD at Guys Hospital, London, studying immunity and vaccines against streptococci, which he completed in 1995. He carried out postdoctoral studies on cancer immunotherapy at the Cancer Research UK lab at the Hammersmith Hospital and at St George’s London, before setting up a group as a Principal Investigator at the University of Maynooth in Ireland in 2000. He relocated his lab to Trinity College Dublin where he was a Research Lecturer. He came back to the UK, to Oxford University, in 2004, to lead the study of human immunological aspects of malaria vaccine development with Adrian Hill.

Steve joined Northumbria University in 2007 as a Senior Lecturer, became Reader in 2010 and was awarded personal Chair of Immunology in 2012.

Steve has been a member of the British Society for Immunology (BSI) since 1990, and served on the BSI council and local committee. He is a committee member of the local branch of the Royal Society of Biology (RSB), where he is Fellow.

He is also on the Editorial Boards of the following international journals:

Immunology (Impact Factor 5.0)

PloS ONE (Impact Factor 2.7)

Scientific Reports (Impact Factor 4.0)

Frontiers in Immunology (impact factor 6.4)

Cells (impact factor 4.4)

Vaccines (impact factor 4.1)


Stephen Todryk

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

  • immunology

  • Recent and current projects:

    Anti-microbial immunity in the lung, in obstructive lung diseases

    Allergic responses in the lung

    Immune responses in Chronic Fatigue

    Immune responses in Heart Disease and COVID-19

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Revisiting the Elusive Hepatitis C Vaccine, Todryk, S., Bassendine, M., Bridge, S. 2 Feb 2021, In: Vaccines
  • Antibody and T cell responses against avian and microbial antigens associate with hypersensitivity pneumonitis disease parameters in pigeon breeders, Hasan, S., Jozwik, A., Heaps, A., Kakkar, N., Donnelly, I., Cookson, S., Bourke, S., McSharry, C., Todryk, S. 1 Jun 2020, In: Allergy
  • Anticancer activity of a novel methylated analogue of L-mimosine against an in vitro model of human malignant melanoma, Kyriakou, S., Mitsiogianni, M., Mantso, T., Cheung, W., Todryk, S., Veuger, S., Pappa, A., Tetard, D., Panagiotidis, M. 1 Jun 2020, In: Investigational New Drugs
  • Integrating microfluidics and biosensing on a single flexible acoustic device using hybrid modes, Tao, R., Reboud, J., Torun, H., McHale, G., Dodd, L., Wu, Q., Yang, X., Tao, K., Luo, J., Todryk, S., Fu, Y. 7 Mar 2020, In: Lab on a Chip
  • Anti-bacterial antibody and T cell responses in Bronchiectasis are differentially associated with lung colonization and disease, Jaat, F., Hasan, S., Perry, A., Cookson, S., Murali, S., Perry, J., Lanyon, C., de Soyza, A., Todryk, S. 30 May 2018, In: Respiratory Research
  • Innate lymphoid cells and fibrotic regulation, Horsburgh, S., Todryk, S., Ramming, A., Distler, J., O'Reilly, S. 1 Mar 2018, In: Immunology Letters
  • Reduction of Glucocorticoid Receptor Function in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Lynn, M., Maclachlan, L., Finkelmeyer, A., Clark, J., Locke, J., Todryk, S., Ng, W., Newton, J., Watson, S. 10 Jun 2018, In: Mediators of Inflammation
  • T cell memory to vaccination, Todryk, S. 14 Dec 2018, In: Vaccines
  • An adjuvant-modulated vaccine response in human whole blood, Hakimi, J., Azizi, A., Ausar, S., Todryk, S., Rahman, N., Brookes, R. 12 Jun 2017, In: Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics
  • Intelligent Leukaemia Diagnosis with Bare-Bones PSO based Feature Optimization, Srisukkham, W., Zhang, L., Neoh, S., Todryk, S., Lim, C. 1 Jul 2017, In: Applied Soft Computing

PGR Supervision

  • Santosh Murali Anti-Microbial Immune Responses, focusing on Herpes viruses, in Myocardial Infarction and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Start Date: 02/04/2013 End Date: 16/09/2019
  • Jed Gold Anti-Viral T Cells in Heart Disease and Ageing Start Date: 01/03/2021
  • Lucy Appleby Analysing the Potential Anti-Inflammatory Effects of Vitamin D on Human Corneal Epithelial Cells Start Date: 31/07/2020
  • Adam Tabet Start Date: 01/03/2016
  • Sajidah Hasan Immune Responses Against Foreign and Self-Antigens in Lung Diseases Start Date: 03/06/2013 End Date: 14/11/2017
  • Fathia Jaat Anti-Microbial Immune Profiles in Obstructive Lung Diseases Start Date: 01/02/2013 End Date: 10/11/2017

Further Information



  • Biomedical Science PhD April 01 1996
  • Applied Biology BSc (Hons) July 14 1989
  • Associate Fellow of Higher Education Academy AFHEA 2021

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