Sally has been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society (10th May 2022)

Read more about it here.

Joana awarded Cancer Sciences’ Employee of the Month for her ‘positive and conscientious attitude’ and for ‘going the extra mile’ during the last 2 COVID years (13th February 2022)

The FcRn antagonist efgartigimod (now named VYVGART) was recently approved by the FDA for the treatment of generalized myasthenia gravis (December 2021)

Efgartigimod is based on the Abdeg technology that was developed in the Ward Ober laboratory at UT Southwestern Medical Center [Vaccaro et al. (2005) Nature Biotech., 23, 1283-1288].

Read more about it here and on the Argenx website here where a video explaining how the drug came from our lab can be found.

Nature Biotech paper available here.

Sally announced as President of The Antibody Society (10th December 2021)

AstraZeneca’s Evusheld antibody cocktail gains FDA Approval for use in patients not suitable for traditional COVID-19 vaccination (9th December 2021)

A cocktail of anti-COVID-19 antibodies developed using Ward Ober half-life extension technologies has been approved for use in the immunocompromised and those who do not respond to traditional vaccinations. Read more about it here.

Read about Sally’s time and research at the Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge in the new book on women scientists “Ahead of the Curve – Women Scientists at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology” (25th October 2021)

Available at: and here.

Argenx announces positive topline phase 3 ADAPT trial results (26th May 2020)

Recent topline data from argenx for Phase 3 trials in myasthenia gravis using Abdeg technology (developed in our laboratory) has been released. Based on these results, argenx plans to submit a Biologics License Application (BLA) to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) by the end of 2020 for the FcRn antagonist, Efgartigimod.

Click here for more information.

Argenx reports positive topline results from Phase 2 proof-of-concept trial of Efgartigimod in primary immune thrombocytopenia (May 2020)

Click here for more information.

Raimund co-organises the 2020 Quantitative Bioimaging Conference, University of Oxford (6-9th January 2020)

New research programme to develop next generation of cancer immunotherapy treatments (February 2019)

Scientists at the Centre for Cancer Immunology have been awarded £2.2 million to develop next generation antibody-drug conjugates to treat cancer. Click here for more information.

Raimund co-organises the 2019 Quantitative Bioimaging Conference, Le Couvent des Jacobins, Rennes (8-11th January 2019)

Sir Greg Winter and Professor Sally Ward

Sir Greg Winter wins the 2018 Nobel Prize in Chemistry with George Smith and Francis Arnold (December 2018)

Sally was privileged to attend the 2018 Nobel Prize Awards ceremony in Stockholm as a guest of Sir Greg Winter, with whom she carried out research on antibody repertoire technology at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in the late 1980s.

Click here for more information.

Sally is lead organiser (with Steve Beers) of the FASEB SRC ‘Immunoreceptors and Immunotherapy’ in Snowmass, CO (10-15th June 2018)

Raimund co-organises the 2018 Quantitative Bioimaging Conference, Georg August University Göttingen (4-6th January 2018)

Raimund co-organises the 2017 Quantitative Bioimaging Conference, Texas A&M University (5-7th January 2017)

Our laboratory won the 1st place in 2016 Single molecule localization microscopy challenge, Lausanne, Switzerland (28-30th August 2016)

Below is a summary of our performance in different categories:

  • BiPlane data: 1st place overall, 1st in detection, 1st in overall accuracy
  • Double Helix data: 2nd place overall, 3rd in detection, 1st in overall accuracy
  • Astigmatic: 1st in overall accuracy

Ramraj Velmurugan wins Best Poster Presentation Award at the Texas Regional Immunology Conference (10-11th November 2016)

The winning poster was entitled “Using advanced microscopy techniques to image antibody-dependent macrophage-cancer cell interactions”.

Raimund co-organises the 2016 Quantitative Bioimaging Conference (January 2016)

David Kim receives a graduate student travel award for the 2015 Quantitative BioImaging Conference in Paris, France (7-9th January 2015)

Raimund co-organises the 2015 Quantitative Bioimaging Conference in Paris, France (7-9th January 2015)

New software released (30th June 2014)

A new version of the FandPLimitTool, along with the MUMDesignTool have been released. The MUMDesignTool release is associated with our recently published paper.

Raimund co-organises the 2014 Quantitative Bioimaging Conference (10-11th January 2014)

Paper featured in University of Texas at Dallas News Center (20th March 2013)

Senior Design Project Award (16th January 2013)

Sungyong You and Eungjoo Lee win first place for their Senior Design project at UT Dallas on multiparticle tracking.

Raimund co-organises the 2013 Quantitative Bioimaging Conference (11-12th January 2013)

Raimund co-chairs the IEEE International Symposium on Biomedical Imaging (ISBI 2012) (2-5th May 2012)

Senior Design Project Award (18th January 2012)

Dongyoung Kim and Taiyoon Lee win second place for their Senior Design project on design of multi-focal plane microscopy!

Paper featured in Global Medical Discovery (2nd August 2011)

Global Medical Discovery features breaking research judged by GMD’s advisory team to be of key importance in science and medicine. Papers are selected from over 20,000 papers published each week from peer-reviewed journals.

Andrea Grosso wins the UT Metroplex Days Poster Award (4th March 2011)

Sally co-chairs the inaugural Gordon Research Conference ‘Antibody Biology and Engineering’ (March 2010)

Jerry Chao receives an Excellence in Education Fellowship (1st July 2009)

Prashant Prabhat wins Best Dissertation Award for Electrical Engineering at UT Dallas (15th June 2009)

Sally co-chairs the Keystone Meeting ‘Antibodies as Drugs’ (March 2009)

Anish Abraham receives a travel award for the Biophysical Society Meeting (February 2009)

Zhou Gan receives a travel award for the ASCB Meeting (15th September 2008)

New software released (9th May 2008)

A new version of MIATool, along with the FandPLimitTool and the EstimationTool, have been released.

Young Author Best Paper Award from the IEEE Signal Processing Society (5th March 2008)

The paper “Zou, Q., Lin, Z., Ober, R. J. (2006) The Cramer Rao lower bound for bilinear systems, IEEE Trans. Sig. Proc., 54, 1666-1680.” has received the 2007 IEEE Signal Processing Young Author Best Paper Award from the IEEE Signal Processing Society.

Sripad Ram is awarded a National Multiple Sclerosis Society Postdoctoral Fellowship (4th February 2008)

Sripad Ram receives Best Speaker Award (9th May 2007)

Sripad Ram received ‘Outstanding Oral Presentation’ award at the Immunology Graduate Program Scientific Retreat, 2007. The title of Sripad’s talk was “Novel exocytic pathways of the neonatal Fc receptor, FcRn, revealed by multifocal plane microscopy”.