Infection and Immunity

The Infection and Immunity theme studies the molecules used by viruses, bacteria, parasites and fungi to infect humans, animals and plants – and the immune response associated with these processes.

Our researchers are developing next generation therapeutic molecules to fight infection, inflammation and autoimmune diseases.  They achieve this using protein and DNA based technologies, imaging and single cell analysis.

Research focus

To understand the molecular mechanisms of microbial infections including the biology of pathogens, how microbes establish an infection and the links between inflammation and disease.

To investigate how the immune system senses and responds to pathogens, and how pathogens subvert the host response and defend against immunity.

To identify new avenues for treatment strategies relating to bacterial, fungal and viral infections, and investigate the processes that lead to antimicrobial resistance.