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Cambridge Infectious Diseases

An Interdisciplinary Research Centre at the University of Cambridge
Professor David  Aanensen
Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute
Research and application of genomics for surveillance of high risk lineages of microbial pathogens.
Dr James  Ajioka
Department of Pathology
Senior Lecturer in Molecular Parasitology
T. gondii genome sequence information to investigate basic properties of the host-parasite interaction.
Professor Stephen  Bentley
Wellcome Sanger Institute
Genomics of bacterial pathogenesis with a particular focus on pneumonia and meningitis
Dr Matt  Berriman
Wellcome Sanger Institute
Matt leads the parasite genomics group who study the parasites that cause malaria and neglected tropical diseases.
Dr Barbara  Blacklaws
Senior Lecturer in Molecular Virology
01223 337609
Dr Andrew  Blagborough
Department of Pathology
Characterization of malarial transmission and the design of anti-parasitic transmission-blocking interventions
Professor Sir Tom  Blundell
Department of Biochemistry
Structural biology, bioinformatics and drug discovery
Dr Alex  Borodavka
Sir Henry Dale Research Fellow
Viral genome packaging, virus assembly, biomolecular condensates, RNA dynamics and RNA chaperones, rotaviruses.
Dr Ian  Brierley
Translational control
Ribosomal frameshifting and readthrough
Virus gene expression
RNA structure and function
Dr Katherine  Brown
Department of Physics
Development of Therapeutics for Bacterial Infectious Diseases, including Traumatic Injury Infection and Biothreat Agents
Dr Hilary   Browne
Wellcome Sanger Institute
Intestinal microbiota; evolution of intestinal spore-forming bacteria in human gut.
Professor Clare  Bryant
BBSRC Research Development Fellow
01223 766232
Dr Raymond  Bujdoso
Senior Lecturer in Molecular Immunology
Prion diseases
Dr Cinzia  Cantacessi
Department of Veterinary Medicine
Gastrointestinal helminths, host-parasite interactions, high-throughput sequencing technologies.
Professor John  Carr
Professor of Plant Virology
Dr Mark  Carrington
Molecular Cell Biology of Trypanosomes
+44 1223 333683
Dr Graham   Christie
We study bacterial spores (e.g. Bacillus and Clostridium), with a focus on their assembly, structure, and germination.
Dr Betty   Chung
Principal Investigator
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
Department of Engineering
Engineering design: including process management, change management, healthcare design and inclusive design.
Dr Andrew  Conlan
University Senior Lecturer in Epidemiology
+44 (0) 1223 764031
Professor Anne  Cooke
Professor of Immunobiology
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Dr Colin  Crump
Virus assembly and egress
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Dr Nik  Cunniffe
Department of Plant Sciences
Mathematical modelling of the spread, detection, evolution and control of crop and tree diseases.
Dr Romola   Davenport
Infectious disease mortality in historical populations; smallpox; tuberculosis ; influenza; puerperal infections
Dr Daniela  De Angelis
Programme leader
Statistical methods in epidemic modelling
 Janet  Deane
Molecular mechanisms of host-pathogen interactions during bacterial infection
 Ulrich  Desselberger
Molecular biology of rotaviruses
+44 (0)1223 763403
Professor Gordon   Dougan
Department of Medicine
Vaccinology/pathogenic mechanisms, specialising on the immunology of mucosal vaccines and molecular basis of infection.
Professor David  Dunne
Epidemiology and Immunology of Schistosomiasis and other Human Parasitic Diseases.
Dr Brian  Ferguson
Innate recognition of viruses and vaccine development
Professor Andres  Floto
Department of Medicine
The response of Macrophages and Dendritic cells to bacterial and mycobacterial infection.
  Gillian   Fraser
Senior University Lecturer in Cellular & Molecular Microbiology
Head of the Division of Microbiology & Parasitology, Department of Pathology
Niccoli Fellow in the Natural Sciences & Director of Studies, Queens' College
Professor Chris  Gilligan
Department of Plant Sciences
Epidemiological modelling to predict the spread of plant disease epidemics and to identify and optimise economically and ecologically sustainable strategies for disease management.
Dr Effrossyni  Gkrania - Klotsas
A consultant in infectious diseases with an interest in primary and secondary immunodeficiencies and transplantation.
Professor Julia  Gog
Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics (DAMTP)
Mathematics of infectious diseases,viral bioinformatics,influenza modelling
Professor Ian  Goodfellow
Department of Pathology
Virus-host interactions, with particular emphasis on noroviruses.
Dr Stephen  Graham
Molecular mechanisms of membrane trafficking in virus infection
Dr Andrew James Grant
Department of Veterinary Medicine
Host-pathogen interactions and the molecular basis of virulence.
Dr Harriet   Groom
Stanley Elmore Research Fellow and Associated PI in the Department of Medicine.
I research the molecular interactions between retroviruses and human cells.
Professor Lisa  Hall
Department of Chemical Engineering & Technology
Innovation of cheap diagnostics in developing countries.
Professor Jonathan Luke Heeney
Comparative Pathology of Viral Infections
Head of the Lab of Viral Zoonotics
Dr Danika  Hill
Research Fellow, Babraham Institute
Lymphocyte Signalling and Development
Studying T cell and antibody responses to global health vaccines
Professor Mark A Holmes
Professor in Microbial Genomics & Veterinary Science
Director of Studies in Clinical Veterinary Medicine (Churchill College)
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Professor Christopher  Howe
We are interested in the molecular biology of the remnant chloroplast (apicoplast) in apicomplexan parasites (e.g. Plasmodium)
 Chris   Illingworth
Viral evolution and transmission
Dr Francis  Jiggins
The evolution and genetics of insects and their pathogens
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Dr  Robert   Kingsley
Elucidation of host-Pathogen interactions of enteric bacteria using a genomic and phylogenomic approach.
Professor Andreas   Kontoleon
Public policy evaluation; Health economics
Dr Mara  Lawniczak
Group Leader: Vector-parasite interactions
We use genomic approaches to better understand mosquito populations and parasite transmission dynamics.
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.
Dr Pietro  Liò
Senior Lecturer in Bioinformatics
Dr. Paula  MacGregor
Principal Investigator
Department of Biochemistry
The molecular basis and evolution of host-parasite interactions in African trypanosomes.
 Pietro  Mastroeni
Department of Veterinary Medicine
Reader in Infection and Immunity
Pathogen behaviour (e.g. location, growth, spread in the body, gene regulation) in vivo at the single cell level in relation to immunity, vaccines and antibiotics.
Dr Nicholas  Matheson
Viral and cellular regulation of immunometabolism
Professor Ian  McConnell
Emeritus Professor of Veterinary Science
Research Interest Immunology of infection
+44 (0)1223 337654
Dr Catherine J. Merrick
Senior Lecturer, Department of Pathology
Basic biology of the human malaria parasite and impact of this biology on virulence. Molecular genetics and cell biology
Dr. Piers D Mitchell
Director of the Cambridge Ancient Parasites Laboratory
Senior Research Associate, McDonald Institute, Department of Archaeology
Hospital Consultant (specialist) in NHS
Dr Yorgo   Modis
Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow
Reader in Virology and Immunology
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Professor Elizabeth  Murchison
Professor of comparative oncology and genetics
Dr Ankur   Mutreja
Department of Medicine/CITIID
Uses advanced bacterial genomics and metagenomics to understand the evolution and spread of pathogens and mine genomic data to identify robust, risk-informative diagnostic markers
Dr Sergey  Nejentsev
Royal Society Research Fellow
 Ellen   Nisbet
Department of Biochemistry
Evolution of the Plasmodium apicoplast
Dr Roisin  Owens
University Lecturer, Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology
I develop in vitro models of the gut-brain axis with integrated electronic monitoring.
 Rosalind   Parkes-Ratanshi
My interests are sustainability of HIV services in Africa, fungal infections in Uganda and HIV/STI management
Professor Julian  Parkhill
Marks and Spencer Professor, Department of Veterinary Medicine
The emergence, transmission and evolution of bacterial pathogens
 Nazima   Pathan
Clinical and research interests in inflammation, sepsis , nutrition and the relationship between gut microbiota and the host
Professor Sharon  Peacock
Director, COVID-19 genomics UK Consortium (COG-UK) and Professor of Public Health & Microbiology
Dr Virginia   Pedicord
Group Leader - Sir Henry Dale Fellow
 Arun   Prasad Pandurangan
Investigator Scientist
Department of Structural Studies
Institute MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology
Dr  Anna Victoria Protasio
Research Fellow in Animal Parasitology at Christ’s College, University of Cambridge.
Research Group Leader in Computational Biology at the Department of Pathology, University of Cambridge.
 Taufiq   Rahman
Structure and ligand-guided development of novel small molecule leads against druggable microbial proteins
Professor  Lalita  Ramakrishnan
We are interested in understanding the pathogenesis of tuberculosis and the basis of vastly different susceptibilities to this disease.
 Felix  Randow
Cell autonomous innate immunity, i.e. the ability of individual cells to defend themselves against infection
Professor  Julian   Rayner
Cambridge Institute of Medical Research (CIMR)/Department of Medicine
High throughput approaches to understand the biology of malaria parasites and prioritise new drug and vaccine targets
Dr Mansoor  Raza
Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience.
Trafficking and processing of bacterial proteins by mammalian cells.
Professor Randy J Read
Professor of Protein Crystallography
Develop methods for X-ray crystallography
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Dr Olivier  Restif
Senior Lecturer in Epidemiology
Fellow of Robinson College
Dr Henrik  Salje
Department of Genetics
Applied public health research, especially with regards to the spread of infectious pathogens, and sitting at the interface of mathematical modelling, genetics, population biology, big data, public health and field-based epidemiology.
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.
Dr.  Manjinder  Sandhu
Population based, public health and genetic epidemiology studies of chronic infectious and non-infectious diseases.
Dr Sebastian   Schornack
Gatsby Research Group Leader
We study plant processes underlying the accommodation of beneficial and pathogenic microbes.
Professor Alan  Short
Department of Architecture
Focus on ventilation in building design, including hospitals and surgical theatres.
Professor John  Sinclair
Professor Sinclair’s research interests are in the molecular biology and pathogenesis of human herpes viruses, particularly human cytomegalovirus (HCMV). HCMV is a major cause of disease in transplant patients and patients with AIDS and his research progr
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.
Professor David  Spring
Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology
 AJ  teVelthuis
Department of Pathology
How viral RNA polymerases work and contribute to RNA virus pathogenicity.
Dr Laurence S. Tiley
Senior Lecturer in Molecular Virology
Fellow of Queens' College (Part 1A MIMS supervisor)
Biological Safety Officer (Dept. Vet Medicine)
(01223) 339554 (Vet medicine) (01223) 330180 (Queens')
Dr Estee  Torok
1. Senior Program Officer, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
2. Honorary Consultant in Infectious Diseases & Microbiology, Addenbrooke's Hospital
3. Honorary Senior Visiting Fellow, University of Cambridge
Dr Flavio  Toxvaerd
Dr Caroline  Trotter
Principal Research Associate, Department of Veterinary Medicine
Academic Director Cambridge-Africa, Department of Pathology
Honorary Epidemiologist at Public Health England
Professor John  Trowsdale
Professor of Immunology
+44 (0)1223 330248
Dr Hendrik W.  van Veen
Reader in Molecular Pharmacology
-focus on antimicrobial resistance-
 Ross   Waller
Molecular Cell Biology and Evolution of Apicomplexan Parasites
+44 (0)1223 766057
Dr Lucy  Weinert
Wellcome Trust and Royal Society Henry Dale Fellow
Principal Investigator
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Dr Martin  Welch
Department of Biochemistry
Regulation of microbial virulence and biofilms in Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Quorum sensing, anti-bacterials, stringent response.
 John  Welch
Molecular evolution of pathogens
Professor Jeremy  Wells
Department of Veterinary Medicine
Host-microbial interactions, mucosal immunology, bacterial infection and immunity, intestinal-health related research.
 Shona   Wilson
The immunology and epidemiology of human schistosomiasis
Professor James  Wood
Department of Veterinary Medicine
Veterinarian, epidemiology with interests in the infection dynamics and control of zoonotic diseases in Africa and globally.
 Gavin  Wright
I am interested in extracellular receptor-ligand interactions for host-pathogen interactions and reverse vaccinology.
Dr Eiko   Yoneki
Digital Epidemiology: Modelling of Epidemic Spread using Human Mobility Data from Sensors and Mobile-Phones