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Prof Waseem Qasim
G13
30 Guilford St
London
WC1N 1EH
Prof Waseem Qasim profile picture
Appointment
  • Professor of Cell and Gene Therapy
  • Infection, Immunity & Inflammation Dept
  • UCL GOS Institute of Child Health
  • Faculty of Pop Health Sciences
Biography

2003-2007: Leukaemia Research Fund clinician scientist/lecturer in Paediatric Immunology/ Bone marrow transplantation, Institute of Child Health & Great Ormond Street Hospital, London

2007-2012: Senior Clinical Lecturer, Institute of Child Health & Great Ormond Street Hospital, London

2012- 2015: Reader in Cell & Gene Therapy, Institute of Child Health & Great Ormond Street Hospital, London

2015- 2021: NIHR Professor of cell and gene therapy developing next generation T cell gene therapies.

2021- NIHR senior investigator, UCL Professor of cell and gene therapy

Research Summary

Development and application of genome editing and gene based therapies.
  • Application of T lymphocytes for cellular immunotherapy, including CAR T cells.
  • Translational immunotherapies,  from bench to bedside and first-in-human trials
  • Clinical trials for 'of the shelf' genome edited T cells
  • Diagnosing and treating immune disorders by haematopoietic stem cell transplantation and gene based therapies.
  • Studies of T cell responses to viruses for anti-viral cell therapies
  • Investigating genome editing by CRISPR/Cas9 and base editors to correct inherited diseases.
  • Universal cells: genome editing to overcome HLA barriers for regenerative medicine (Human pluripotent stem cells).
  • Clinical gene therapy for skin disorders such as Netherton's syndrome and Epidermolysis Bullosa.
  • Regulatory, ethics and safety monitoring

Teaching Summary

Previous UCL teaching has included:
1.  MSc Clinical Cell & Gene Therapy, module organiser and lecturer
2.  Lecturer MSc Human Genetics, Disease to gene therapy
3.  Lecturer on MRes in Biomedicine course,Gene Therapy for Immunodeficiency 
4.  Lecturer on MSc in Paediatrics course,Cell and gene therapy for cancer 
Active PhD supervisor and examiner

Appointments
01-MAR-2021 NIHR senior investigator, Professor of Cell and Gene Therapy   Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health, United Kingdom
01-OCT-2015 NIHR professor of cell and gene therapy   Institute of Child Health, United Kingdom
01-OCT-2012 – 30-SEP-2015 Reader in Cell & Gene Therapy Institute of Child Health UCL, United Kingdom
01-APR-2007 Senior Clinical Lecturer Molecular Immunology Institute of child health, United Kingdom
Academic Background
2003   Doctor of Philosophy University College London
1997   Member of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
1996   Member of the Royal College of Physicians Royal College of Physicians
1993   Bachelor of Medical Science University of Newcastle upon Tyne
1993   Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery Newcastle University
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