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Ailsa MacCalman

PhD Student


 RILD Building 


University of Exeter Medical School, RILD Building, RD&E Hospital Wonford, Barrack Road, Exeter, EX2 5DW, UK


Ailsa completed her Masters degree in Biomedical Science in 2018 with research focused on comparing epitope regions of islet autoantigens recognized by antibodies in the sera of Type 1 diabetes patients and HLA-DR4/DQ8 transgenic mice. After her degree, she took on the role of a research technician with the Diabetes and Metabolism group at the University of Bristol before being awarded a PhD studentship at the University of Exeter in 2019. Ailsa’s PhD research-working under Professor Jon Mill- is focused on genomic regulation in the developing pancreas.

Ailsa has been a passionate dancer throughout her life, having been involved in companies such as the National Youth Ballet, as well as taking teaching roles at university.


  • MBio (integrated Masters) in Biomedical Science (2018)


Research interests

Previous research interests involved antibody epitope recognition of the autoantigen IA-2 in patients with Type 1 Diabetes and in HLA-DR4/DQ8 transgenic mice, and the effects of altering major epitopes on antibody binding.

Current research is working with Professor Jon Mill, using fetal pancreas tissue to explore genomic regulation within the developing pancreas.

Research projects

Current Projects:

  • Characterising genomic regulation in human pancreatic development


Supervision / Group

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