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King’s College London (SIMS)

School of Immunology and Microbial Sciences

Brief Overview

The school of Immunology and Microbial Sciences (SIMS) undertakes research and education in a broad range of areas related to Immunology, Inflammation and Infection with an outstanding track record in basic and clinical research. SIMS counts with an extended range of expertise in lung and respiratory biology and includes the former department of Asthma, Allergy and Lung Biology and the Asthma UK Centre for Allergic Mechanisms of Asthma. Research at SIMS covers studies on the immunological mechanisms that ensure respiratory health, how those change in chronic diseases (COPD, asthma, lung cancer) and how those function to contain respiratory infections.

Research Areas

Asthma\COPD\Environmental medicine and lung diseases\Immunology\Infection

Host center eligibility

Global fellowships (return phase only)/European fellowships – in line with current status

Research infrastructure/facilities

SIMS includes world-leading research groups that are based at our various campus at Guy’s, St Thomas’ and Denmark Hill as well as labs seconded to the Francis Crick Institute. The School benefits from a wide range of extremely well-equipped state-of-the-art technology facilities distributed across the campus including: Biological Services Unit (for animal breeding and husbandry), Flow-cytometry facility, the Nikon Imaging Centre, Advanced sequencing or Bioinformatics support.

Research funding/Resources

Currently, SIMS researchers hold over £70m in grant funding from a wide range of funders including the Medical Research Council, the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, the British Lung Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the European Commission and the Wellcome Trust.

Links to non-academic sector

The school has strong ongoing links with Public Health England and the UK National Health Service. Moreover, the KCL’s subsidiary company KCL business assists with knowledge transfer to industry by fostering regular links with private sector partners. Such links have materialised in a broad range of collaborative and industry-funded projects that offer opportunities for placements for our students and postgraduates.

Experience hosting international researchers, career development & training programmes, outreach activities

SIMS has extensive experience in supporting new fellows from different countries, and amongst them the school has hosted a great number of Marie Curie fellows over recent years. Fellow at SIMS work in an interactive and international scientific environment with cutting edge facilities, extensive seminar series and a strong collaborative and multidisciplinary culture.
Integration of new fellows within the SIMS community is assisted by presentations at the weekly departmental seminars and annual retreats, participation in the schools’ postdoctoral network and strong mentorship. Fellows will have access to a variety of courses organized by the Scientific Facilities as well as the King’s Learning Institute that provides training in a variety of transferable skills (project management, communication, research ethics, etc.).
SIMS offers ample opportunities for public engagement activities with access to the Science Gallery London and participation in many outreach programs.

HR Excellence in Research – EU award