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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

Research Associate at Lulla Lab, Department of Pathology
Dr Xiaoliang   Ba
Department of Veterinary Medicine
Antimicrobial resistance mechanisms in Staphylococcus aureus and other clinically important bacterial pathogens
Principal Investigator at The Bakery, Department of Genetics
Assistant Professor, Department of Engineering
Associate Professor of Sustainable Built Environment
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
Research Associate, Sarris Group, Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience, University of Cambridge
Research topic: Innate immunity
Research interests: Immunology, Cell Biology, Infectious Diseases
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
Postdoctoral Scientist, at Cambridge Institute for Medical Research (CIMR)
Research Assistant at Cambridge Institute for Medical Research (CIMR)
Host-pathogen cell biology of obligate intracellular bacteria
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 Andres  Floto
Professor of Respiratory Biology
Co-Director, Cambridge Centre for AI in Medicine
Research Director and Honorary Consultant, Cambridge Centre for Lung Infection, Royal Papworth Hospital
Honorary Consultant, Respiratory Immunology service, Cambridge University Hospitals
Co-Director, Cambridge Infectious Diseases Interdisciplinary Research Centre
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
Technical Specialist at Genomic Surveillance Unit
Wellcome Sanger Institute
Dr Freya  Jephcott
Postdoctoral Research Associate at Centre for the Study of Existential Risk
Research Fellow (JRF) in Emerging Infectious Diseases, Department of Veterinary Medicine
Outbreak surveillance and response systems, particularly those in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Research Assistant, Department of Medicine
Genomics, AMR and rapid diagnostics of enteric pathogens.
Professor Andreas   Kontoleon
Public policy evaluation; Health economics
 Narender   Kumar
Senior Bioinformatician at Wellcome Sanger Institute
 Stephanie Wai-U Lo
Project Manager / Principal Bioinformatician, Wellcome Sanger Institute
Genomics, bacterial diseases, LMIC, antimicrobial resistance
Senior Staff Scientist, at Pathogens and Microbes, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute
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
MD, consultant in Public Health
Pathogen Dynamics Group, Department of Genetics, University of Cambridge
 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
Senior Staff Scientist, at Wellcome Sanger Institute
Host-parasite interactions in parasites such as malaria and whipworm using nextgen sequencing and informatics
 Gabriel   Rinaldi
Senior Staff Scientist, at Wellcome Sanger Institute
Development of functional genomic approaches for the blood flukes schistosomes, and the study of helminth-associated neoplasms
Visiting Fellow, Hughes Hall, University of Cambridge
University Assistant Professor, Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow
Department of Pathology; Department of Biochemistry; CIMR
Cell biology of obligate intracellular bacteria
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.
 Dushanth   Seevaratnam
PhD Student, Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology
Local production of cheap and rapid diagnostic tools for the detection of malaria and leptospirosis.
Postdoctoral Scientist, Baker's group, Department of Medicine
Dr Rachel  Sippy
Research Associate, Department of Genetics
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.
PhD Student at Department of Pharmacology
Structural and Functional Studies on Multidrug Efflux Pumps
Senior Regulatory & Programme Manager at Department of Medicine
 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
Research associate, 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.
Visiting scholar at Department of Veterinary Medicine
PhD Student at CITIID – Department of Medicine