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Dr Jodie Ackland BSc, MSc, MRes, PhD

Research Fellow in Pulmonary Immunology

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Dr Jodie Ackland is a Research Fellow within Clinical and Experimental Sciences in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Southampton, investigating the modulation of inflammatory pathways in chronic respiratory disease.

Jodie was awarded a LoveLuck scholarship to study for her undergraduate degree in Biology at Aberystwyth University. The broadness of the Biology degree allowed her to explore a wide range of biological sciences. Her dissertation research project involved sampling computer keyboards in communal and office areas to investigate whether more bacteria are present on communally-used keyboards or single-user office keyboards, which has potential implications for public health infection control policies.

After completing her undergraduate degree, Jodie decided to study for her MSc in Biomedical Science, specialising in Medical Microbiology at Cardiff Metropolitan University. Here her interest in infection and immunity field grew and was furthered developed during her laboratory research project supervised by Dr Julia Rey-Nores and Dr Sarah Maddocks. This project used a number of molecular and cellular techniques to investigate the response of THP-1 monocytes infected with a mucoid and non-mucoid P. aeruginosa strain longitudinally isolated from an individual with cystic fibrosis.

After an enjoyable experience in the lab during her MSc, Jodie decided to pursue further research opportunities and completed an Asthma UK funded PhD in Biomedical Science (Immunity and Infection) at the University of Southampton. Here, Jodie combined her interests in the fields of infection and immunity and respiratory disease and used a combination of experimental infection modelling and bioinformatic analysis to explore the complex interplay between respiratory tract infections and the lung immune response.

Jodie is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Pulmonary Immunology working with Dr. Karl Staples and Professor Tom Wilkinson, investigating the modulation of inflammatory pathways in chronic respiratory disease.

Degree Qualifications

BSc, Biology, Aberystwyth, 2014

MSc, Biomedical Science (Medical Microbiology), Cardiff Metropolitan University, 2016

MRes, Biomedical Science (Immunity and Infection), University Of Southampton, 2017

PhD, Biomedical Science, University Of Southampton, 2021

Appointments held

Research Fellow in Pulmonary Immunology, University of Southampton, 2021 – present



Research interests

Jodie’s research interests focuses on host-pathogen interactions in the respiratory tract and how these interactions impact on individuals with chronic respiratory disease.

Research group

Clinical and Experimental Sciences


Postdoctoral Representative for the British Association for Lung Research (BALR) Committee 2021 - present

STEM Ambassador 2018 - present

‘Meet The Scientist’ at LifeLab, SGH 2018 - present


Student representation:

Clinical and Experimental Sciences Postgraduate Student Representative for Faculty of Medicine Graduate School Committee 2018 - 2021

Student Representative for Training and Development Group, Faculty of Medicine 2019 - 2021

Postgraduate Student Representative for Faculty Ethics Committee 2018 - 2021


Clinical and Experimental Sciences ‘Buddy’ 2019 – 2020

Pint of Science volunteer and host - 2019

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Dr Jodie Ackland
Faculty of Medicine, Room AB215, Mailpoint 801, South Academic Block, University Hospital Southampton, Tremona Road, Southampton, SO16 6YD

Room Number : SGH/LF13/MP810

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