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Dr Ida Jackson

Postdoctoral Research Associate


I am a medical biologist with a MSc in Medical biology from Linköping University in Sweden who “accidently” slipped into Molecular Ecology. For my PhD thesis at the University of Nottingham I looked at Macroparasites, immune responses and immunoregulation in wild and laboratory murids. This work was funded by a Marie Curie fellowship. This later gave me the opportunity to work at Liverpool University on immune expression in field voles before I took up a postdoctoral position at the University of Cardiff applying machine-learning algorithms to define pathogen-specific immune fingerprints.

I came to Salford University late 2015 where I have been continuing looking at immune expression in field voles with focus on the immunodynamics and infectious disease risk in the natural environment. 


Here in Salford I have no teaching responsibilities except for supervising Master and PhD students in the lab. 

Research Interests

My main interest lies in the field of ecoimmunology and how genetic and environmental factors impact on immunological variation within a population.

Qualifications and Memberships

M. Sc. Medical Biology, Linköping University, Sweden

Ph.D. Ecoimmunology, University of Nottingham

Member of The British society of Immunology and The British society of Parasitology.


Stewart A, Hablützel PI, Brown M, Watson HV, Parker-Norman S, Tober AV, Thomason AG, Friberg IM, Cable J, Jackson JA. (2017) “Half the story: thermal effects on within-host infectious disease progression in a warming climate.” Glob Chang Biol. In press

Zhang J, Friberg IM, Kift-Morgan A, Parekh G, Morgan MP, Liuzzi AR, Lin CY, Donovan KL, Colmont CS, Morgan PH, Davis P, Weeks I, Fraser DJ, Topley N, Eberl M. (2017) “Machine-learning algorithms define pathogen-specific local immune fingerprints in peritoneal dialysis patients with bacterial infections.” Kidney Int. 92(1): 179-191.

Hablützel PI, Brown M, Friberg IM, Jackson JA. (2016) “Changing expression of vertebrate immunity genes in an anthropogenic environment: a controlled experiment.”BMC Evol Biol. 16:175.

Liuzzi AR, Kift-Morgan A, Lopez-Anton M, Friberg IM, Zhang J, Brook AC, Roberts GW, Donovan KL, Colmont CS, Toleman MA, Bowen T, Johnson DW, Topley N, Moser B, Fraser DJ, Eberl M. (2016) “Unconventional Human T Cells Accumulate at the Site of Infection in Response to Microbial Ligands and Induce Local Tissue Remodeling.” J Immunol. 197(6): 2195-207.

Brown M, Hablützel P, Friberg IM, Thomason AG, Stewart A, Pachebat JA, Jackson JA. (2016) “Seasonal immunoregulation in a naturally-occurring vertebrate.” BMC Genomics. 17:369.

Eberl M, Friberg IM, Liuzzi AR, Morgan MP, Topley N. (2014) “Pathogen-Specific Immune Fingerprints during Acute Infection: The Diagnostic Potential of Human γδ T-Cells.”Front Immunol. 5:572.

Jackson JA, Hall AJ, Friberg IM, Ralli C, Lowe A, Zawadzka M, Turner AK, Stewart A, Birtles RJ, Paterson S, Bradley JE, Begon M. (2014) “An immunological marker of tolerance to infection in wild rodents.” PLoS Biol. 12(7):e1001901.

Friberg IM, Little S, Ralli C, Lowe A, Hall A, Jackson JA, Bradley JE. (2013) “Macroparasites at peripheral sites of infection are major and dynamic modifiers of systemic antimicrobial pattern recognition responses.” Mol Ecol. 22(10):2810-2826.

Friberg IM, Lowe A, Ralli C, Bradley JE, Jackson JA. (2011) “Temporal anomalies in immunological gene expression in a time series of wild mice: signature of an epidemic?” PLoS One. 6(5):e20070.

Jackson JA, Begon M, Birtles R, Paterson S, Friberg IM, Hall A, Lowe A, Ralli C, Turner A, Zawadzka M, Bradley JE. (2011) “The analysis of immunological profiles in wild animals: a case study on immunodynamics in the field vole, Microtus agrestis.” Mol Ecol. 20(5):893-909.

Friberg IM, Bradley JE, Jackson JA. (2010) ”Macroparasites, innate immunity and immunoregulation: developing natural models.”Trends Parasitol. 26(11):540-9.

Jackson JA, Friberg IM, Bolch L, Lowe A, Ralli C, Harris PD, Behnke JM, Bradley JE. (2009) “Immunomodulatory parasites and toll-like receptor-mediated tumour necrosis factor alpha responsiveness in wild mammals.” BMC Biol. 7:16. doi: 10.1186/1741-7007-7-16.

Jackson JA, Friberg IM, Little S, Bradley JE. (2009) “Review series on helminths, immune modulation and the hygiene hypothesis: immunity against helminths and immunological phenomena in modern human populations: coevolutionary legacies?” Immunology. 126(1):18-27.