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Cambridge Infectious Diseases

An Interdisciplinary Research Centre at the University of Cambridge

Studying at Cambridge


Steering Committee

Dr Laura Blackburn
  • PHG Foundation/IPH
  • Analysis into effective policy and change to support best possible use of life science and technology for health.
Dr Sarah Caddy
  • Wellcome Sanger Institute
  • Mechanisms of virus recognition and neutralisation by the innate immune response.
Professor P John Clarkson, FREng
  • Department of Engineering
  • Engineering design: including process management, change management, healthcare design and inclusive design.
Dr Robert Doubleday
  • Centre for Science and Policy (CSaP)
  • Strengthening the contribution academic research can make to improving public policy
Professor Gordon Dougan, FRS
  • Department of Medicine
  • Vaccinology/pathogenic mechanisms, specialising on the immunology of mucosal vaccines and molecular basis of infection
Dr. Lydia Drumright
  • Department of Medicine
  • Epidemiology, statistics, and clinical informatics to understand infectious disease dynamics.
Professor Simon Frost
  • Department of Veterinary Medicine
  • Use of mathematical and statistical modelling to understanding the dynamics and evolution of infectious diseases such as HIV, hepatitis C and influenza A.
Professor Ian Goodfellow
  • Department of Pathology
  • Virus-host interactions, with particular emphasis on noroviruses.
Professor Lisa Hall
  • Department of Chemical Engineering & Technology
  • Innovation of cheap diagnostics in developing countries
Professor Andrew Lever
  • Department of Medicine
  • Molecular and structural biology of how RNA viruses package their genetic material and how they select their own RNA from the cell so specifically.
Professor Julian Parkhill, FRS FMedSci
  • Department of Veterinary Medicine
  • The emergence, transmission and evolution of bacterial pathogens
Professor George Salmond
  • Department of Biochemistry
  • Bacterial Quorum sensing and virulence, regulation and biosynthesis of carbapenem antibiotics and prodigiosin, protein secretion systems, viral abortive infection systems and bacteriophages of plant and animal pathogens
Professor Alan Short
  • Department of Architecture
  • Focus on ventilation in building design, including hospitals and surgical theatres.
Professor Kenneth Smith
  • Department of Medicine
  • Basic immunological mechanisms, and how defects in regulatory control of the immune system can lead to autoimmunity and alter defence against infection.
Dr Martin Welch
  • Department of Biochemistry
  • Regulation of microbial virulence and biofilms in Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Quorum sensing, anti-bacterials, stringent response.
Professor James Wood
  • Department of Veterinary Medicine.
  • Veterinarian, epidemiology with interests in the infection dynamics and control of a number of diseases in Africa and globally.