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Dr. Conor Finlay

Senior Research Fellow (Trinity Translational Medicine Institute)


I started my career at Trinity College Dublin under Prof Kingston Mills, where I used pre-clinical models of autoimmunity to identify pathways that shut down inflammation. I focused on how anti-inflammatory `type 2" immune responses regulated the inflammatory `type 1" responses. My interest in type 2 immune responses and myeloid cells brought me to a world-leading macrophage lab at the University of Manchester, under Prof Judi Allen. In Manchester, I retrained in bioinformatics, enabling me to understand project delivery from a multi-disciplinary point of view. Most recently, I moved into translational research at the Trinity Translational Medicine Institute (TTMI) gaining skills in patient-focused research, including in clinical data analysis and study design and facilitating collaboration with clinician-scientitst.
  Bioinformatics   Biomarkers of disease   Biomedical sciences   Biostatistical methods   Chronic inflamation   FLOW CYTOMETRY   GENE-EXPRESSION   Health informatics   Host, Pathogen interactions   Immune system   Immunology, Immunotherapy   INFECTION   Infectious diseases   INFLAMMATION   Inflammation and coagulation syndromes   Innate immunology   MACROPHAGES
 Macrophages in type 2 immunity: unravelling susceptibility and resistance to tissue nematode infection
 Nanoparticle modulation of neutrophil and monocyte responses to ANCA'
 COVID-19 Strategic Partnership
 Understanding mast cells and their progenitors in Telangiectasia Macularis Eruptiva Perstans (TMEP)'
 Mapping human macrophage anti-microbial function in pleural infection.

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British society of Immunology 29/09/2019 29/09/2022
Han Jichan, Gallerand Alexandr, Erlich Emma C, Helmink Beth A, Mair Iri, Li Xi, Eckhouse Shaina R, Dimou Francesca M, Shakhsheer Baddr A, Phelps Hannah M, Chan Mandy M, Mintz Rachel L, Lee Daniel D, Schilling Joel D, Finlay Conor M, Allen Judith E, Jakubzick Claudia V, Else Kathryn J, Onufer Emily J, Zhang Na, Randolph Gwendalyn J, Human serous cavity macrophages and dendritic cells possess counterparts in the mouse with a distinct distribution between species, Nature Immunology, 25, (1), 2024, p155 - 165, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
Ridge, Katie and Moran, Barry and Alvarado-Vazquez, P. Abigail and Hallgren, Jenny and Little, Mark A. and Irvine, Alan D. and O'Farrelly, Cliona and Dunne, Jean and co-senior). Finlay, Conor M (co-corresponding & and Conlon, Niall, Lin-CD117+CD34+FceRI+ progenitor cells are increased in chronic spontaneous urticaria and predict clinical responsiveness to anti-IgE therapy, Allergy, In Press, 2024, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Finlay, Conor M and Allen, Judith E, IL-4-ever young: Type 2 cytokine signaling in macrophages slows aging., Immunity, 57, (3), 2024, p403--406 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Conor M. Finlay, James E. Parkinson, Lili Zhang, Brian H.K. Chan, Jesuthas Ajendra, Alistair Chenery, Anya Morrison, Irem Kaymak, Emma L. Houlder, Syed Murtuza Baker, Ben R. Dickie, Louis Boon, Joanne E. Konkel, Matthew R. Hepworth, Andrew S. MacDonald, Gwendalyn J. Randolph, Dominik Rückerl, Judith Allen, T helper 2 cells control monocyte to tissue-resident macrophage differentiation during nematode infection of the pleural cavity, Immunity, 2023, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Tachó-Piñot R, Stamper CT, King JI, Matei-Rascu V, Richardson E, Li Z, Roberts LB, Bassett JW, Melo-Gonzalez F, Fiancette R, Lin IH, Dent A, Harada Y, Finlay C, Mjösberg J, Withers DR, Hepworth MR., Bcl6 is a subset-defining transcription factor of lymphoid tissue inducer-like ILC3., Cell reports, 42, (11), 2023, p113425 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Caitlin M. McManus, Tiffany Bouchery, Mona Suleiman, Anna O. Kildemoes, Annabel Ferguson, Tao Wang, Conor M. Finlay, Ryan Chan, Tess Renahan, Ananya Mukundan, Gyaviira Nkurunungi, Sarah D. Bobardt, Hydra 2022: return of the interactive conference on helminth parasitology after the pandemic, Trends in Parasitology, 2022, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Cunningham Kyle , Finlay Conor , Mills Kingston H, Helminth Imprinting of Hematopoietic Stem Cells Sustains Anti-Inflammatory Trained Innate Immunity That Attenuates Autoimmune Disease, Journal of Immunology, 206, (7), 2021, p1618 - 1630, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
Fiancette R, Finlay CM, Willis C, Bevington SL, Soley J, Ng STH, Baker SM, Andrews S, Hepworth MR, Withers DR., Reciprocal transcription factor networks govern tissue-resident ILC3 subset function and identity., Nature immunology, 22, (10), 2021, p1245-1255 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Finlay, C.M. and Cunningham, K.T. and Doyle, B. and Mills, K.H.G., IL-33-stimulated murine mast cells polarize alternatively activated macrophages, which suppress T cells that mediate experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis, Journal of Immunology, 205, (7), 2020, p1909-1919 , Notes: [cited By 0], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Finlay Conor , Allen Judith, The immune response of inbred laboratory mice to Litomosoides sigmodontis : A route to discovery in myeloid cell biology, Parasite Immunology, 42, (7), 2020, pe12708 - e12708, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL

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Animal Models of ANCA Vasculitis in, editor(s)Aman Sharma , Textbook of Systemic Vasculitis 2nd Edition, 2023, [Conor M Finlay, Mark A Little], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
CP McEntee, S Houston, CM Finlay, S Rossi, G Liu, TN Shaw, J Casulli, M Fife, C Smedley, View ORCID ProfileTS Griffith, View ORCID ProfileM Pepper, T Hussell, PM Hansbro, View ORCID ProfileJ-M Schwartz, H Paidassi, MA Travis, A subset of CD4+ effector memory T cells limit immunity to pulmonary viral infection and prevent tissue pathology via activation of latent TGFß, BioRxiv, (2023.03.02.527395), 2023, Journal Article, PUBLISHED


Award Date
Best presentation from selected abstracts - Irish Society of Immunology 2019
Visiting student training scheme - Weizmann Institute of Science 2015
Valdicotrian - Biochemistry with Immunology degree 2007
Best Undergraduate Research Poster Prize - School of Biochemistry and Immunology 2007
TBSI Post-Doc Research Day - Runner up talk prize 2015
Wiley Top Cited Article Award - Parasite Immunology 2022
EFIS/EJI Travel/Abstract Award Winners Presenting at Cytokines 2021 2021
I am a Cellular Immunologist and bioinformatician who combines molecular, in vivo and translational research. My main reserach interest is in the differentiation and function of monocnuclear phagocytes (monocytes, macrophages and dendritic cells) in tissues during inflammation. I am particularly interested in how classically inflammatory "Type 1" immune responses and anti-inflammatory "Type 2" immmune response affect the differentiation paths that macrophages take in tissues. To study these concepts in diseases of two organs, the Kidney and the pleural cavity. I have a long-term interests in cell-cell interactions during infection and autoimmunity, particularly in how T cells instuct myeloid cells like macrophages, neutrophils, eosinophils and mast cells.