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Infection and Immunity

Infection and immunity research encompasses basic investigations of how particular pathogens work, through research to understand the host-pathogen relationship, to field research, often in developing world countries, to understand the dynamics of particular pathogens in their natural environments.  We work on many different bacteria and viruses, with genomic science playing a key role, often in collaboration with the Sanger Institute. There is also a strong host biology element attempting to understand innate and acquired resistance and immunity.


People specializing in this area

Principal investigators

Professor Clare Bryant

Pattern Recognition Receptor biology, innate immunity, Salmonella infection biology, imaging

Professor Jonathan Luke Heeney

virology, viral immunopathology, evolution, comparative pathology, infectious diseases, vaccinology, viral/host co-evolution

oncology and genetics

Dr Mark Holmes, MA, VetMB, PhD, MRCVS

Microbial Genomics and Antimicrobial Resistance

Clinical Research/Evidence-based medicine

Dr Piero Mastroeni

Immunity to bacteria, infection dynamics, vaccine development