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Kerry McLaughlin


JDRF Research Fellow

I joined the Oxford Centre for Diabetes, Endocrinology & Metabolism (OCDEM) as a JDRF-funded Research Fellow in 2016. My research interests are centred on the early development of autoimmunity in type 1 diabetes and the factors triggering progression to clinical disease. During my postdoctoral studies, we identified a major target of the autoimmune response in diabetes, a protein called tetraspanin-7. My current project aims to characterise the immune response to tetraspanin-7 in people with diabetes and to further our understanding of the role of this protein in the insulin-producing beta cell.