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Cambridge Infectious Diseases

An Interdisciplinary Research Centre at the University of Cambridge

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Our vision is to build a world-leading interdisciplinary centre with capacity to innovatively develop solutions for intractable infectious disease problems and support evidence for infectious disease policy.

Who we are

Cambridge Infectious Diseases is one of a select group of University-wide Interdisciplinary Research Centres at Cambridge, designed to build research capacity in tackling some of today's grand challenges. 

Our virtual network connects over 300 infectious diseases researchers across the University and sector leading institutes in Cambridge and beyond. Our members are from all six schools of the University, including with members from biological sciences, medicine, physical sciences, social sciences, humanities, computer science, engineering and technology.

What we do

We operate as a connector and catalyzer of existing and new initiatives, supporting the capacity of researchers to develop new research collaborations, and acting as a gateway for industry, policy makers and the public to access Cambridge expertise in infectious diseases. Our activities support collaboration and influence in a variety of ways; joint ownership, partnership, coordination, information exchange, convening, consultation and outreach.

  • Building – An interdisciplinary centre of excellence for infectious diseases research
  • Creating - World class research addressing global disease challenges
  • Inspiring - Emerging early career research leaders
  • Enriching - Society thru public engagement, policy influence and impact
  • Fostering – A thriving community and culture in which interdisciplinary research can happen more readily


Cambridge Infectious Diseases IRC is governed by a Steering Committee co-chaired by Professor James Wood (Department of Veterinary Medicine) and Dr. Lydia Drumright (Department of Medicine), which includes senior and early career representatives from across all six schools at the University of Cambridge and key affiliated partner institutes and organisations. The centre activities are coordinated by  (

Get Involved

Joining Cambridge Infectious Diseases is open to Cambridge-based researchers, at any level of their career, with an interest in research relating to infectious diseases. We welcome news about your research, and proposal ideas to develop new meetings and workshops or pathways to collaboration. Please join us.