Our Mission

Kaul Lab is where computational, experimental, and analytical platform technologies is developed to improve personalised interventions targeting chronic respiratory diseases.

Code of Values

All members strive to ensure that the lab environment is open, safe, and free from discrimination, bullying, and harassment. Discrimination on any basis is abhorrent and unacceptable to us. The lab is committed to contributing to an equitable society through our science and actions.

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Our Team

Principal Investigator

Himanshu Kaul, D.Phil.

Himanshu obtained his doctorate supervised by Prof Yiannis Ventikos at the University of Oxford. Here, he developed a computational framework to understand the dynamic interactions between cells and their microenvironment during histogenesis. As part of the AirPROM consortium working with Prof Rod Smallwood, Himanshu developed the virtual asthma patient that captured multiple asthma phenotypes. During his postdoc with Prof Peter Zandstra (University of Toronto & University of British Columbia), Himanshu united cell culture methods, synthetic biology approaches, and multiscale modelling to reveal how cells decode their position during biological patterning. In 2021, Himanshu started his lab at the University of Leicester with cross-appointments in the School of Engineering and Department of Respiratory Sciences.

Grants Received
Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellowship
University of Leicester, January 2021 – January 2026
Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Trainee Award
University of British Columbia, July 2019

Graduate Students

Mael Wong

Mael obtained his baccalaureate degree from the University of Brighton in Biological Sciences in 2020. During this time, he worked on the effects of an emerging marine pollutant on Mytilus edulis, which was published in 2020. He obtained his Masters in Chronic Disease and Immunity from University of Leicester in 2021, where he specialised in the pathophysiology of asthma and the effects of obesity on respiratory inflammation. He is currently pursuing PhD in the lab working on developing multi-modular airway organoids. His research interests include asthma, COPD, Covid-19, organoids, and regenerative medicine.

Naima Jama

Naima obtained her baccalaureate degree from the University of Leicester in Mechanical Engineering. Her research during this time focused on Nozzle guide vanes in gas turbine engines. Naima is currently a MSc Advanced Mechanical Engineering student in the lab where she is developing a gene regulatory network model of asthma pathogenesis. Her research interests include renewable energy and bioengineering.

Lab Alumni

Guoxing Zhang


We want you on our team!

University of Leicester students of all levels at the School of Engineering or Department of Respiratory Sciences and external students who are interested in joining the lab are encouraged to contact Himanshu.