Professor Maggie Dallman is a non-clinical immunologist and joined Imperial College London in 1994 as a lecturer in the Department of Biology. She previously obtained her DPhil from the University of Oxford, where she went on to hold a Nuffield Medical Research Foundation Junior Research Fellowship, followed by a Senior Research Fellowship funded by the Medical Research Council. She also spent two years as a Post-doctoral research fellow at Stanford University, USA. Maggie gained experience of working in an industrial environment through a period of time at the Burroughs and Wellcome Research labs and through the biotech company Lorantis, of which she was a founding scientist.
In 1996 she was promoted to the position of Reader in Immunoregulation. From this point on her career progressed quickly, becoming Professor of Immunology in 1999, Campus Dean in 2005, Deputy Principal for the Faculty of Natural Sciences in 2006 and, most recently, Principal of the Faculty of Natural Sciences in 2008. In this role she is responsible for overseeing the research and education delivered by the Departments of Mathematics, Life Sciences, Chemistry and Physics.
Having benefitted throughout her career from working in the orbit of a string of outstanding scientists, to whom she is most grateful for their enduring support, counsel and mentorship, Maggie is fully aware of the benefits of having encouraging guidance. She has herself mentored many students, fellows and junior staff members over her career, who have gone on to a wide variety of different roles including clinician, non-clinical scientist, industrial, management as well as the odd banker! Maggie’s most proud contribution to the support of early career scientists is through the development, at Imperial College, of the Junior Research Fellowship scheme. The scheme which provides full financial provision for young academics for a research intensive period of three years, allows outstanding young academics to take their first steps towards an independent research career in a protective and supportive environment.
Maggie’s research interests were for much of her career focussed on understanding the immunological problems associated with transplantation. More recently she has become interested in broader and more basic studies of immune and inflammatory dysregulation, but which are still highly relevant to transplantation in this era of chronic graft dysfunction. As our understanding of disease increases it is clear that dysregulated inflammatory responses are associated with conditions as diverse as alzheimer’s disease and obesity. An understanding of and an ability to control inappropriate immunity and inflammation lie on the path to successful treatment of these varied diseases. Maggie’s own work uses a range of organisms from zebrafish to humans to study at the molecular, cellular and whole organism level both the basis for disease but also potential approaches to therapy.
Maggie takes part in a broad range of extra activities both in and out of Imperial College, currently sitting on the BBSRC Strategy Advisory Board, the NC3Rs Board, the Institute of Animal Health Science Advisory Board, the College’s own Academic Opportunities Committee and Early Years Learning Centre users group and is a Non-executive Director of the Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust.