Group Leader, Immunology/Vaccinology, Pirbright Institute
Elma joined Pirbright in January 2014 as group leader of Swine Influenza Immunology and is now head of Mucosal Immunology. She obtained her PhD at the Imperial Cancer Research Fund before working as a postdoctoral fellow in Birmingham, Senior Research Scientist at the Edward Jenner Institute and Principal Investigator at Oxford University. Elma identified the leucocyte common antigen (CD45) as a cause of severe combined immunodeficiency in man and the role of CD45 variants in disease. In Oxford she demonstrated the importance of local immunity in vaccine induced protection against tuberculosis.