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Cambridge Infectious Diseases

An Interdisciplinary Research Centre at the University of Cambridge

Studying at Cambridge


Professor Pietro Cicuta

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.

Research themes

Pathogen Biology and Evolution:
Bacterial Pathogens:

Role of nucleoid associated proteins in regulating gene expression;   microfluidics for controlling growth, and enabling single cell observations in sustained exponential growth conditions.

Salmonella infection dynamics of macrophages (collaboration with Dr Clare Bryant).

Cambridge Parasitic and Neglected Tropical Diseases Network:

Collaborating with Dr Teresa Tiffert and Dr Virgilio Lew in PDN, on mechanisms of merozoite egress and invasion.

Departments and Institutes



  • Macrophages
  • Host-Pathogen Interaction
  • Infection
  • Gene Regulation
  • Bacteriology
  • Genome Packaging


  • Salmonella
  • Escherichia coli
  • Malaria