Dr Graham Wright is Head of Research and an Associate Professor in Immunology in the School of Applied Sciences at Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland, UK.
Graham has a BSc (hons) in Immunology from the University of Glasgow. In 2005 he was awarded an MRC Studentship to study for his PhD in the lab of Prof. Hans Stauss at University College London. He was awarded his PhD in 2009 with a thesis that described a novel cell therapy for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. Following on from his PhD he received an Arthritis Research UK (now Versus Arthritis) Fellowship to develop cellular and gene-therapies for rheumatoid arthritis.
In 2015 Graham moved to Edinburgh Napier University as a Lecturer in Immunology, from here he has continued his work on cellular therapies for rheumatoid arthritis with funding from the Chief Scientist Office (Scotland) and expanded this work to focus on multiple sclerosis with Wellcome Trust funding (collaboration with Prof Hans Stauss, UCL). Whilst Graham’s primary research focus is the field of autoimmunity, his interests lie in understanding how we can manipulate the immune system to benefit human health, with a strong focus on gene-therapies and cellular-therapies of disease. This includes examining: clinical immune modulation in a liver transplant setting (collaboration with Mr Francis Robertson, NHS); cellular immune therapies to enhance vascular healing (collaboration with Dr Mark Ross, Edinburgh Napier University); and understanding how immune cells control bone turnover and disease (collaboration with Dr Katherine Staines, University of Brighton).
Graham has an interest in learning and teaching, with an emphasis on experience based learning. He was the founding chair of the Early Career Lecturers in Bioscience Forum (eclBio) an advisory group to the Heads of University BioScience and part of the Royal Society of Biology.