Infectious disease transmission and biology

Infectious disease research in Health and Medicine includes microbiology, virology and parasitology, and ranges from vector-borne diseases to environmental and gastrointestinal microbiology.

Our research includes laboratory and field-based experimental, statistical and computational analysis of aspects of the biology, diagnosis, epidemiology and control of organisms that cause and transmit tropical diseases, including leishmaniasis, trypanosomiasis, malaria, river blindness, influenza and dengue.

We also have research programs in the ecology, pathogenicity, immune response and distribution of environmental bacterial pathogens and other gastro-intestinal and environmental microbes.

Our research


Microbes, Pathogens and Immunity

Research developing understanding of the cellular & molecular biology of microbes, pathogens & the immune system.

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Dr Sarah Allinson: DNA repair in Giardia, trypanosomes and Trichomonas

Professor Paul Bates: Host-parasite relationships in leishmaniasis; new species of Leishmania; leishmaniasis in Ghana and Thailand

Dr Alexandre Benedetto: Host-bacterial interactions in Caenorhabditis elegansLeishmania chemotaxis in microchips

Dr Fiona Benson: Molecular and cellular biology of DNA repair in the African trypanosome Trypanosoma brucei

Professor Peter Diggle: statistical modelling of spatial and temporal variation in disease risk, including loiasis in Africa, leptospirosis in Brazil, malaria in Malawi and meningitis epidemic forecasting in sub-Saharan Africa

Dr Rod DillonLeishmania - Sand fly interactions; functional genomics of insect vectors; insect microbiology; microbial ecology

Dr Derek Gatherer: Bioinformatics of infectious diseases and Systems Biology

Dr Gordon Hamilton: Chemical ecology of insect vectors; vector control; synthetic chemistry

Dr Lucy Jackson-Jones:

Immunological response to infection & inflammation

Dr Paul McKean: Molecular and cellular biology of the African trypanosome Trypanosoma brucei

Dr Muhammad Munir: Host-virus interactions in diverse avian and mammalian species, zoonotic viruses


Dr Jackie Parry: Interkingdom signalling between bacteria and Protists and the evolution of the endocannabinoid system

Professor Roger Pickup: Role of non-tubercular mycobacteria in human disease; pathogen ecology and antimicrobial resistance

Dr Rachael Rigby: Human gut microbiota; cytokines; immunology; cancer biology; microbiome; metabolome

Dr Stephen Roberts: Electrophysiology; ion channels; cell biology; fungi and plants

Dr Nick Robinson: Archaeal models for studying DNA replication, repair, ubiquitin-like modifications and protein homeostasis

Dr Luigi Sedda: Vector population dynamics for disease distribution, spread and dynamics


Dr Emma Shawcross: cell biology of Trypanosoma brucei; sand fly genomics; host-parasite interactions

Dr Mick Urbaniak: Signalling pathways in Trypanosoma brucei and related parasites, cell cycle regulation, host – parasite relationships in African trypanosomes, proteomics

Dr Leonie Unterholzner: Innate immunity; DNA viruses; Leishmania immune evasion; DNA damage

Dr John Worthington: Gut immunity; epithelial enteroendocrine cells; helminth infections and inflammatory bowel disease

Dr Karen Wright: Cellular and molecular mechanisms of the cannabinoid system, 2D and 3D modelling