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Cambridge Infectious Diseases

An Interdisciplinary Research Centre at The University of Cambridge

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Research

We are not students of some subject matter, but students of problems. And problems may cut right across the borders of any subject matter or discipline.

Karl Popper, 1963 

Infectious diseases research is broadly grouped into five themes:


Pathogen Biology and Evolution

Pathogen montageResearch groups are found across several university departments and local research institutes, and include:

Recent highlights include:

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Host-Pathogen Interactions

Immunity and infection research is closely intertwined at the University, and

S.typhimurium
Two human Mel-Juso cells infected with GFP-expressing Salmonella typhimurium (green), which are seen replicating in vacuoles within the cells which accumulate and induce tubular projections of CD1B-positive compartments (white). (James Hutchinson, Dept. of Pathology)
includes a number of research groups and programmes:

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Drugs and Vaccines

Pills photo 590 x 288Work in this area is undertaken in numerous research groups and collaborations across Cambridge, particularly in the Departments of Pharmacology, Pathology, Biochemistry, Veterinary Medicine.

The Cambridge Molecular Therapeutics Programme, based in the Hutchison-MRC Research Centre is an interdisciplinary initiative that aims to explore new scientific paradigms for the discovery and development of small molecule therapeutics

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Epidemiology and Mathematical Modelling

Maths Centre at Sunset
Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics

Research groups are found across several university departments and local research institutes, and include:

There are also groups studying the distribution of infectious diseases at the population level, for example the Institute of Public Health, which includes the internationally renowned MRC Biostatistics Unit.

Recent research highlights include:

  • Multi-scale approaches to influenza dynamics (genomics, quantification of antigenic diversity through development and application of cartography, epidemiology, and evolution in animal and human hosts and populations)
  • Mathematical and statistical tools to study the spatial spread of epidemics in plant and animal populations.

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Technology for Infectious Diseases

The Diagnostics Development Unit in the Department of Haematology is focused on developing low cost diagnostic tests for infectious diseases in the developing world.

The Analytical Biotechnology Group in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology aims at understanding how biology can be interfaced with electronic, mechanical and optical systems and the development of new instrumentation or techniques to answer fundamental and applied questions concerning new biological measurement regimes.

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