Diego Gomez-Nicola

Principal Investigator, Principal Research Fellow (Associate Professor) 

Diego Gomez-Nicola is a Principal Research Fellow (Associate Professor) in Neuroscience at 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.









Emilie Simon

Postdoctoral fellow 

Emilie Simon is Postdoctoral Fellow in Neuroimmunology at the Centre for Biological Sciences of the University of Southampton and her research interests focus on the ageing cell mechanisms in physiological and pathological conditions. She graduated from Descartes University (Paris, France) in Cellular Biology, Physiology and Pathology in 2007 she is specialized in biology of ageing and associated pathologies. She completed her PhD at the University of Burgundy (Dijon, France) in 2012, studying implication of nutritional and environmental factors in ageing of the retina and in age-related retinopathies under the supervision of Professor Catherine Creuzot-Garcher and Doctor Lionel Bretillon. In 2013, she performed one postdoctoral stage at the Pasteur Institute (Lille, France) as Clinical Project Manager for ALGOVUE study targeting prevention of age-related macular degeneration by polyunsaturated fatty acids consumption. She moved to the University of Southampton (Southampton, United Kingdom) to complete her postdoctoral experience by investigating the role of CSF1R and its ligands (CSF1 and IL-34) on the control of the activation and the proliferation of microglial cells in a pathological context under the supervision of Dr Diego Gomez-Nicola.










Juliane Obst

Postdoctoral fellow 

Juliane Obst is Postdoctoral Fellow in Neuroimmunology at the Centre for Biological Sciences of the University of Southampton. She graduated at the University of Leipzig (Germany) in Biological Sciences in 2009 and continued with her PhD training in Medical Neurosciences at the Charite – Universitaetsmedizin Berlin (Germany) under the supervision of Prof. Frank L. Heppner. In 2015, she joined Diego Gomez-Nicola’s lab, focusing on microglia function in neurodegenerative diseases.










Gemma Fryatt

Research technician (joint DGN and VHP labs)

Gemma Fryatt is a Research Technician in Neuroscience for the DGN lab. She completed a BSc at Portsmouth University in Forensic Biology in 2008. This was followed by a few years working in industry and 18 months travelling through Asia. On returning to the UK Gemma completed an MSc with Kings College London in Neuroscience with Neurodegeneration, after which she obtained her role with the University of Southampton.









Jennifer Dewing

Research technician

Jennifer completed her undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of Southampton in 2011. She then undertook a 4-year integrated MRes/PhD in Stem Cell Biology in the Faculty of Medicine at Southampton. Her PhD was supervised by Professor David Wilson and investigated the reprogramming of human fetal fibroblasts into cardiomyocytes for the treatment of heart disease. After completing her PhD in 2016, she continued laboratory-based research in the area of fetal cardiac cell composition and genetics, collaborating with the Genomic Informatics groups. In 2017, she joined Diego’s lab to help in the validation of a number of myeloid cell antibodies in both human and mouse samples.


Katharine Askew

PhD Student

Katie Askew is a PhD student in Neuroimmunology at the University of Southampton. She graduated with First Class Honours in the Integrated Master of Biomedical Sciences program at University of Southampton in 2015, winning the Southampton Neuroscience Group (SoNG) VHP Prize for Outstanding Performance in a Master Research Project. During this time she completed two summer placements with the DGN lab, studying the basal rate of microglial proliferation in the healthy brain. Her PhD project continues this work, focusing on the mechanisms regulating the dynamics of the microglial population in the healthy brain and ageing. Outside the lab, Katie entertains an amateur interest in coral reef ecology and shark biology, and talks about her rabbit Lola to anyone and everyone who will listen.


Current students:

Rosie Marshall (MRes Advanced Biological Sciences)

Lucy Kimbley (MRes Advanced Biological Sciences)

Claire Butler (MSci Biomedical Sciences)

Former lab members:

Adrian Olmos-Alonso, M.Sci., Senior technician, Hospital Clinico San Carlos (Madrid, Spain)

Madeleine Cleal, B.Sci., PhD Student (University of Portsmouth)

Richard Reynolds, B. Sci., Cellular Pathology Service (NHS)