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Cambridge Infectious Diseases

An Interdisciplinary Research Centre at the University of Cambridge
 

Asia is the
most populated region of the world, and is the setting for most of the world’s
preventable deaths. Although the economic prosperity of some Asian countries is
rapidly increasing, there are numerous countries that are designated as
low-income and have no immediate prospect of rapid economic growth. A third of
the region’s population live on less than two dollars a day, which is estimated
to represent two-thirds of the developing world’s poor. The region is a hot
spot for both the emergence of new infectious diseases and antimicrobial drug
resistance. The spectrum of research being conducted by University of Cambridge
investigators mirrors these challenges, and includes research on food security,
major health threats such as influenza and tuberculosis, and bacterial drug
resistance.


 Julia  Maryam  Aarasteh
Functional analysis of novel genes associated with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) using knockout mouse models
Dr Xiaoliang   Ba
Department of Veterinary Medicine
Antimicrobial resistance mechanisms in Staphylococcus aureus and other clinically important bacterial pathogens
Professor Stephen  Bentley
Wellcome Sanger Institute
Genomics of bacterial pathogenesis with a particular focus on pneumonia and meningitis
Dr Andrew  Blagborough
Department of Pathology
Characterization of malarial transmission and the design of anti-parasitic transmission-blocking interventions
 Dorien   Braam
PhD Gates Scholar, zoonotic disease risks in displaced populations
Dr Katherine  Brown
Department of Physics
Development of Therapeutics for Bacterial Infectious Diseases, including Traumatic Injury Infection and Biothreat Agents
Dr Adrian   Cazares
ESPOD Research Fellow, EMBL-EBI & Sanger Institute
Junior Research Fellow, Wolfson College
Bacterial mobilome and pathogens evolution
Professor David  Dunne
Epidemiology and Immunology of Schistosomiasis and other Human Parasitic Diseases.
Dr Michaela  Fakiola
Understanding the role of HLA-DRB1 molecules in driving the host immune responses against Leishmania parasites
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.
Dr William  Hamilton
Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Dr Freya  Jephcott
Department of Veterinary Medicine
Research Fellow (JRF)
Outbreak surveillance and response systems, particularly those in Sub-Saharan Africa.
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
 Narender   Kumar
Whole genome sequencing based prediction of Drug resistance in clinical isolates of Mycobacterium tuberculosis
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.
 Stephanie Wai-U Lo
Professor Elizabeth  Murchison
Professor of comparative oncology and genetics
Professor Sharon  Peacock
Director, COVID-19 genomics UK Consortium (COG-UK) and Professor of Public Health & Microbiology
 Taufiq   Rahman
Structure and ligand-guided development of novel small molecule leads against druggable microbial proteins
Dr Claire  Raisen
Department of Veterinary Medicine
Postdoctoral Research Associate assisting Professor Mark Holmes
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
 Adam  Reid
Host-parasite interactions in parasites such as malaria and whipworm using nextgen sequencing and informatics
 Gabriel   Rinaldi
Development of functional genomic approaches for the blood flukes schistosomes, and the study of helminth-associated neoplasms
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.
 Susannah  Salter
Research Assistant, Department of Veterinary Medicine.
Dr.  Manjinder  Sandhu
Population based, public health and genetic epidemiology studies of chronic infectious and non-infectious diseases.
 Dushanth   Seevaratnam
PhD Student, Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology
Local production of cheap and rapid diagnostic tools for the detection of malaria and leptospirosis.
Professor Alan  Short
Department of Architecture
Focus on ventilation in building design, including hospitals and surgical theatres.
Dr Rachel  Sippy
Research Associate
The study of the long-term evolution of dengue virus and the drivers of dengue transmission processes.
Professor Derek  Smith
Department of Zoology
Evolution and population dynamics of antigenically variable pathogens, particularly influenza viruses but also malaria, HIV, and HCV.
 Ross   Waller
Molecular Cell Biology and Evolution of Apicomplexan Parasites
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Dr Tracy  Wang
Animal pathogens, vaccine, antimicrobial resistance and functional genomics
Dr Lin  Wang
Department of Genetics
Research Associate studying the impact of antigenic and genetic diversity of dengue virus (DENV) on driving DENV's transmission and disease risks.
 Robert C Will
PhD Student
Department of Medicine
Researching the evolutionary variations on global C. diphtheriae genomes