Dr Eva Malone BSc (Hons) MSc SFHEA MRSB is a lecturer in Immunology in the School of Applied Sciences.
Eva graduated from the National University of Ireland, Maynooth in 1999 with an honours Biology degree and from Dublin City University in 2000 with an MSc in Biological Sciences. In 2001, she took up a post at the Institute for Immunological and Infection Research at Edinburgh University as a Graduate Research Associate in Immunoparasitology investigating the immune responses to filarial parasites using Litomoisodes sigmodontis. She left Edinburgh University to study a PhD at Edinburgh Napier University investigating immune responses, including neutrophil responses, to the hookworm Nippostrongylus brasiliensis. Eva graduated from Edinburgh Napier University in 2006 and took up an academic appointment at the university as a Lecturer in Immunology in 2006.
Eva now leads the suite of Royal Society of Biology (RSB) accredited biology undergraduate programmes, As an Immunologist in the team, she leads the third year Immunology module BMS09100 and the sister module Applied Immunology BMS09603 on the BSc in Biological Sciences delivered through HKU-SPACE at Hong Kong University. She was awarded Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy in 2017 in recognition of her expertise, commitment to teaching, her influence on colleagues and her contribution to the student experience at Edinburgh Napier. She is an elected member of the RSB (2016) and was nominated onto the RSB Scotland branch in 2017 to begin a four-year term on the committee. In 2017, RSB Scotland selected Eva to represent Scottish Biology teachers in an RSB national initiative to promote careers in Biology.
As principle investigator, Eva investigates human immune system responses after contact with nanomaterials and the effects of these responses on the functioning of the human immune system. Further to this, the research involves the development and use of simple, reliable in vitro models for the assessment of nanomaterial induced immune cell responses in vivo. She was responsible for leading the Centre for Nano Safety in her Acting Director role (2013-2014) and as Associate Director (2014-2017). She recently secured external EU H2020 funding (BIORIMA, grant agreement No 760928) in collaboration with Dr Gary Hutchison. The aim of BIORIMA is it to develop reliable methodologies for better risk management of engineered biomaterials in Advanced Therapy Medicinal Products and/or Medical Devices.
To support student training and engagement in the field of Nanotoxicology, she has secured external funding from Nuffield, Carnegie and Wellcome Trust. Eva has also successfully supervised postgraduate research students in the area of Nanotoxicology and collaborates with Prof Geraint Florida-James on Exercise Immunology research projects and they have successfully supervised 4 PhD students to completion and their current PhD student is linked to the Mountain Bike Centre of Scotland (MBCoS).