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Anna Ridley

Postdoctoral Researcher

My research focuses on investigating the phenotype and function of T cells from patients with ankylosing spondylitis and other inflammatory arthritidies. I am using cellular techniques to screen compounds identified by artificial intelligence with the aim of finding new treatments for disease. In addition I have an interest in the innate immune system in ankylosing spondylitis and specifically how neutrophils, an abundant but understudied population, are involved in disease pathogenesis. I joined Paul Bowness’s group in 2009 as a research assistant and undertook my DPhil at the Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine.


I am the Human Tissue Officer for the Botnar. In this role I ensure sample collections within the Botnar Research Centre and Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre comply with all regulatory requirements associated with storage of human material for research.


Prior to joining the group I trained as a Clinical Scientist in Immunology at Southampton General Hospital and then was involved in clinical trials monitoring at Oxford BioMedica.