Vanessa Sancho-Shimizu

GROUP LEADER - SATELLITE

Vanessa was awarded her PhD in 2007 from McGill University (Canada). She moved to Paris, France for her postdoctoral studies at Necker Enfants Malades Hospital / Universite Paris Descartes as a Marie Curie Fellow under the supervision Prof Jean-Laurent Casanova. During this time, she developed an expertise in investigating single gene disorders underlying childhood herpes simplex encephalitis (HSE).

She came to Imperial College London in 2012 as a Marie Curie research fellow and started her own group in 2014 as a Senior Research Fellow. In 2019, Vanessa became a Lecturer and was also awarded a UKRI Future Leader’s Fellowship, and further promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2021. 

Qualifications and history

2007
McGill University, Canada
PhD in human genetics
2007
University Paris Rene Descartes
Postdoctoral Research (Marie Curie)
2011
Imperial College London
Research Fellow (Marie Curie)
2014
Imperial College London
Senior Research Fellow (Group Leader, MRF)
2019
Imperial College London
Lecturer & UKRI Future Leader’s Fellow
2021
Imperial College London
Senior Lecturer
2022
Francis Crick Institute
Satellite Group Leader