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Dr John W Wills

College position(s)



Natural Sciences (Physical and Biological)

Specialising in

Hertha Ayrton Research Fellow in Biological Sciences

Degrees, Awards and Prizes

B.Sc. (Hons) (Swansea), Ph.D. (Swansea)

Research themes

During my Ph.D. and post-doctoral studies, I developed a strong interest in high-content imaging using light microscopy and electron microanalytical techniques. A key focus became the employment of these approaches to better understand the physiologic behavior and cellular interactions of novel nanoparticles / nanomedicines within biological systems. Building on this work, in the Spring of 2017, I was awarded a Herchel-Smith Fellowship to develop ‘In Situ Cytometry’ – a microscopy, image analysis and machine-learning based technology that aims to permit ‘flow-cytometry type’ analyses of intact tissue sections. I am currently focussed on demonstrating the capabilities of this approach by investigating the roll of newly-discovered, endogenous gut nanomineral particles in shuttling antigen, promoting oral immuno-tolerance and how possible dysfunction in this pathway might lead to Crohn’s disease.

In the Autumn of 2017, I was extremely fortunate to join Girton College as the Hertha Ayrton Research Fellow.


Herchel-Smith Fellow, School of Biological Sciences.