Diego Gomez-Nicola

Principal Investigator, Professor of Neuroimmunology

Diego Gomez-Nicola is a Professor of Neuroimmunology at the School of Biological Sciences of the University of Southampton. He graduated from the Complutense University (Madrid, Spain) in Biological Sciences (Neuroscience) in 2003 and completed his PhD at the Cajal Institute (Madrid, Spain) in 2008, studying the roles of microglial IL-15 in brain pathology under the supervision of Prof. Nieto-Sampedro. After a first postdoctoral stage at the National Hospital of Paraplegics (Toledo, Spain), he moved to the University of Southampton (UK) to complete his postdoctoral training under the supervision of Prof. Perry thanks to a Marie Curie fellowship (EU). His started his independent lab in 2013 thanks to the award of a New Investigator Grant of the MRC. In 2019 he was the Head of Neuroimmunology at Eli Lilly and Company, where he supervised the preclinical efforts in targeting neuroinflammation in neurodegeneration and pain. Now, he returned to lead his academic team, focused to studying microglia in health and disease.


Monica Guerrero-Carrasco

Postdoctoral fellow

Monica is a postdoctoral fellow student in Neuroimmunology at Southampton University. She completed her undergraduate degree in Biology at Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Spain in 2016. In 2017 she completed her MSc degree in Clinical Neuroscience with distinction at Roehampton University, London. She joined the DGN lab to complete her PhD studying the role of early-life inflammation on the incidence of Alzheimer’s disease. Monica obtained her PhD in 2022 and is now studying the potential of psilocybin to modulate inflammation and depression-like behaviours.


Jamie Thomas

PhD Student

Jamie is a PhD student in neuroimmunology at the University of Southampton. He completed his BSc (with honours) in Biomedical Science at the University of Kent in 2019, followed by an MSc in Cell Biology at the University of Kent in 2021, in which he investigated how mitochondrial dysfunction influenced lipid droplet regulation – using Saccharomyces cerevisiae as a model organism. Jamie joined the DGN lab to purse his research interests in immunology, cell signalling and neuroscience, through investigating the role of 5-Hydroxytryptamine receptor subtypes in the modulation of cell-specific immune function.


Suzanne Buss

PhD Student

Suzanne is a PhD student in Neuroimmunology at the University of Southampton. She completed her undergraduate degree in Biochemistry at the University of Surrey in 2020, which included a placement year working in Computational Psychiatry at University College London. Suzanne went on to study an MSc in Neuroscience at the University of Southampton, which she completed in 2022. She is now working in the DGN lab to map the complexity of the immune compartment in Alzheimer’s disease.


Dyuti Basu Chowduri

PhD Student


Former lab members:

Tim Muntslag, Ph.D

Liam Barry-Carroll, Ph.D

David A. Menassa, Ph.D

Maria Martin-Estebane, Ph.D

Gemma L. Fryatt, M.Sci.

Katharine Askew, Ph.D

Juliane Obst, Ph.D

Emilie Simon, Ph.D.

Adrian Olmos-Alonso, M.Sci.

Madeleine Cleal, B.Sci.

Richard Reynolds, B. Sci.

Jennifer Dewing, Ph. D.