Panchali Kanvatirth is a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Pathology whose current research focuses on understanding the role of extracellular vesicles in MHCII presentation and its potential role in the modulation of the immune system. As a molecular microbiologist, her research interests are mainly aligned to understanding host-pathogen interactions and its effects on the immune system. Her long-term goals are largely to be involved in translational research which can be applied to developing better treatment and preventative measures for infectious diseases.
She completed her PhD at the University of Birmingham, moving to a postdoctoral position in the Department of Veterinary Medicine to understand the role of the immune system in Salmonella infection and persistence. She has since collaborated with industrial researchers and was awarded the BBSRC flexible talent mobility grant to work with AstraZeneca on a short-term project. More recently, she (along with two postdoctoral researchers from the Vet school) have been awarded the incubator fund from the Cambridge Infectious Diseases (CID) centre to work on a collaborative research project to generate a screening tool for antimicrobial resistance using microscopy.