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Cambridge Infectious Diseases

An Interdisciplinary Research Centre at the University of Cambridge

Studying at Cambridge


Steering Committee

Dr Sarah Caddy
  • A Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Career Development Fellow at the MRC-Laboratory of Molecular Biology and the Cambridge Institute for Therapeutic Immunology and Infectious Disease (CITIID).
Professor Pietro Cicuta
  • Department of Physics
  • Salmonella infection of macrophages; bacterial adhesion in airways; P.falciparum (Malaria) egress and invasion in red blood cells; gene expression noise in E.coli; new phenotipic responses to antibiotics; microfluidics/single cell imaging.
Professor P John Clarkson, FREng
  • Department of Engineering
  • Engineering design: including process management, change management, healthcare design and inclusive design.
Dr Nik Cunniffe
  • Department of Plant Sciences
  • Mathematical modelling of the spread, detection, evolution and control of crop and tree diseases.
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 Andres Floto
  • Department of Medicine
  • The response of Macrophages and Dendritic cells to bacterial and mycobacterial infection.
Dr Effrossyni Gkrania - Klotsas, MD, MPH, FRCP, PhD
  • A consultant in infectious diseases with an interest in primary and secondary immunodeficiencies and transplantation.
Professor Ian Goodfellow
  • Department of Pathology
  • Virus-host interactions, with particular emphasis on noroviruses.
Dr Andrew James Grant
  • Department of Veterinary Medicine
  • Host-pathogen interactions and the molecular basis of virulence.
Professor Lisa Hall
  • Department of Chemical Engineering & Technology
  • Innovation of cheap diagnostics in developing countries.
Rachel Hoffmann
  • Department of Veterinary Medicine
  • Coordinator, Cambridge Infectious Diseases Interdisciplinary Research Centre
Dr Hugo Leal
  • Cambridge Digital Humanities
  • Combines research and teaching activities on misinformation, collective action and digital methods.
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 Derek Smith
  • Department of Zoology
  • Evolution and population dynamics of antigenically variable pathogens, particularly influenza viruses but also malaria, HIV, and HCV.
Professor Geoffrey Smith
  • Head of Department of Pathology
  • Poxviruses, specifically vaccinia virus, the live vaccine used to eradicate smallpox.
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 Estee Torok
  • Department of Medicine
  • Current research focuses on translating microbial genomics into clinical practice, and also involved in clinical research in S. aureus, HIV, and tuberculosis.
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.