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The William Harvey Research Institute - Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry

Dr Mathieu-Benoit Voisin


Lecturer in Immunology

Centre: Microvascular Research

Telephone: +44(0) 20 7882 3909


ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3001-0894

Mathieu-Benoit Voisin graduated in 2000 from the University of Bordeaux II (France) in Biological Sciences with a specialisation in Immunology. He obtained his PhD from the University of Tours (France) in 2003 and conducted post-doctoral research at Imperial College London. In 2007, he relocated with Prof Nourshargh to the William Harvey Research Institute to investigate the mechanisms of leukocyte diapedesis through blood vessels, developing new imaging techniques to visualise the responses. His work lead him to receive the Werner Risau New Investigator Award in Vascular Biology in 2010. In 2012 he was the recipient of the prestigious Versus Arthritis Career Development Fellowship to establish his own independent research programme studying neutrophil migration and functions in the lymphatic & lymphoid system.

Since 2017, Dr Voisin is a Principal Investigator and lecturer in Immunology at the Centre for Microvascular Research


Group members

Researcher/Staff: Dr Jonathon Alexis Coates; Ms Julia Dielesen (PhD Student)


Neutrophils are key effectors of the innate immune response but can also contribute to the development of many acute inflammatory diseases. There is also evidence for neutrophil involvement in the regulation of the adaptive immunity and the pathogenesis of numerous chronic inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis. The precise role of neutrophils in this autoimmune disorder is unclear and the focus of my research is to elucidate the mechanisms of neutrophil migration into lymphatic vessels and lymph nodes following antigen-induced arthritis and their role in the regulation of the acquired immunity. The main hypothesis is that neutrophil entry into lymphatic vessels plays an important role in the initiation of autoimmune diseases by changes in their phenotypes and their entry to the lymphatic vascular system. The project thus aims to characterize the mechanisms of neutrophil/lymphatic vessel interactions in vivo as analyzed by intravital confocal microscopy and the implications of this response to the development of arthritis. Collectively, the project will address a previously unexplored aspect of leukocyte biology and chronic disorders thus making a significant and novel contribution to the field of inflammation.

Key Publications

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  • Owen-Woods, C., Joulia, R., Barkaway, A., Rolas, L., Ma, B., Nottebaum, A. F., Arkill, K. P., Stein, M., Girbl, T., Golding, M., Bates, D. O., Vestweber, D., Voisin, M. B., Nourshargh, S. (2020) Local microvascular leakage promotes trafficking of activated neutrophils to remote organs. J Clin Invest.

  • Arokiasamy, S., King, R., Boulaghrasse, H., Poston, R. N., Nourshargh, S., Wang, W., Voisin, M. B. (2019) Heparanase-Dependent Remodeling of Initial Lymphatic Glycocalyx Regulates Tissue-Fluid Drainage During Acute Inflammation in vivo. Front Immunol 10, 2316.

  • Voisin, M. B., Leoni, G., Woodfin, A., Loumagne, L., Patel, N. S., Di Paola, R., Cuzzocrea, S., Thiemermann, C., Perretti, M., Nourshargh, S. (2019) Neutrophil elastase plays a non-redundant role in remodeling the venular basement membrane and neutrophil diapedesis post-ischemia/reperfusion injury. J Pathol 248, 88-102.

  • Voisin, M. B. and Nourshargh, S. (2019) Neutrophil trafficking to lymphoid tissues: physiological and pathological implications. J Pathol 247, 662-671.

  • Girbl, T., Lenn, T., Perez, L., Rolas, L., Barkaway, A., Thiriot, A., Del Fresno, C., Lynam, E., Hub, E., Thelen, M., Graham, G., Alon, R., Sancho, D., von Andrian, U. H., Voisin, M. B., Rot, A., Nourshargh, S. (2018) Distinct Compartmentalization of the Chemokines CXCL1 and CXCL2 and the Atypical Receptor ACKR1 Determine Discrete Stages of Neutrophil Diapedesis. Immunity 49, 1062-1076 e6.

  • Arokiasamy, S., Zakian, C., Dilliway, J., Wang, W., Nourshargh, S., Voisin, M. B. (2017) Endogenous TNFalpha orchestrates the trafficking of neutrophils into and within lymphatic vessels during acute inflammation. Sci Rep 7, 44189.

  • Proebstl D, Voisin MB, Woodfin A et al. (2012). Pericytes support neutrophil subendothelial cell crawling and breaching of venular walls in vivo. J Exp Med Vol.209, (6) 1219-1234.

  • Woodfin A, Voisin MB, Beyrau M et al. (2011). The junctional adhesion molecule JAM-C regulates polarized transendothelial migration of neutrophils in vivo. Nat Immunol Vol.12, (8) 761-769.

  • Voisin MB, Pröbstl D, Nourshargh S (2010). Venular basement membranes ubiquitously express matrix protein low-expression regions: characterization in multiple tissues and remodeling during inflammation. Am J Pathol Vol.176, (1) 482-495.

  • Voisin MB, Woodfin A, Nourshargh S (2009). Monocytes and neutrophils exhibit both distinct and common mechanisms in penetrating the vascular basement membrane in vivo. Arterioscler Thromb Vasc Biol Vol.29, (8) 1193-1199.

  • Wang S, Voisin MB, Larbi KY et al. (2006). Venular basement membranes contain specific matrix protein low expression regions that act as exit points for emigrating neutrophils. J Exp Med Vol.203, (6) 0022-1007 1519-1532.



Internal: Prof S. Nourshargh (WHRI), Prof C. Pitzalis (WHRI), Prof M. Perretti (WHRI), Dr P Longhi (WHRI), Prof A Nissim (WHRI), Prof F Marelli-Berg (WHRI), Dr M. Capasso (BCI), Dr Esther Castellano Sanchez (BCI).

External: Prof Q. Sattentau (Oxford), Prof R Chambers (UCL), Prof J Greenwood (UCL), Prof J. Gutierrez (Costa Rica). Prof Ed Rainger (University of Birmingham)


  • Dr. Mathieu-Benoit Voisin awarded Arthritis Research UK Fellowship (January 2012). 
  • Dr. Mathieu-Benoit Voisin awarded Young Investigator Award (Best oral presentation) at the international meeting of “Neutrophil in Immunity”, Quebec, Canada (June 2012).
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