Ian Humphreys is a Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow in Basic Biomedical Science at Cardiff University. His laboratory studies the immunological mechanisms that influence host control of herpesvirus infections. Ian collaborates with Paul Kellam's and Gordon Dougan's research groups to understand the influence of host genetics on antiviral immunity.
Ian graduated from the University of Warwick in 2000 with a BSc in Biological Sciences with Virology. He received a PhD in Biochemistry in 2004 from Imperial College London after studying T-cell costimulatory signalling in respiratory viral infections, in the laboratories of Tracy Hussell and Gordon Dougan.
Ian performed his postdoctoral training first with Douglas Young at Imperial College, and then in the laboratories of Carl Ware and Mick Croft at the La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology where he investigated the role of TNF receptor family members in cytomegalovirus infection. In 2007, Ian was awarded a Wellcome Trust Research Career Development Fellowship to establish his own group in Cardiff University. In 2012, Ian was awarded a Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellowship in Basic Biomedical Science. The primary focus of his group is to understand the role that cytokines play in immune regulation and antiviral control during acute and chronic cytomegalovirus infection.