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Microbes and Immunity - From Bench to Bedside

This research theme helps in the fight against infectious diseases to bring research from bench to bedside.

Highly interactive investigators have applied interdisciplinary approaches in research to tackle the global challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Knowledge in microbiology, immunobiology and immunopathology from basic science to translational applications for fighting antimicrobial resistance, preventing or treating disease has received funding from cross University collaboration project Beacon and UKRI in the area of lipidomics. 

Investigators are committed to creating a vibrant, diverse and collaborative research environment which also nurtures students.

Research Highlights

Our research is at the forefront of using advanced knowledge of bacteria, fungi and immunity. We hardness advanced knowledge of these systems allowing us to elaborate current scientific understanding using translational and inter-professional methodology for clinical benefit.

We are exploring more accurate and cost effective forms of fungicides for agricultural benefit, using this insight to improve human health-outcomes. Exploiting bacteria and the immune system we seek to use our insight to improve diagnostics and therapeutics.  

Control of Fungal Diseases

Every year fungal diseases across the world cost the agricultural industry millions in destroyed and damaged crops. Fungicides being less effective as resistance amongst target fungi grows, and the need to use evermore fungicides being used also result in ecological damage.

It was important to develop a fungicide which would do the job of destroying the target fungicide whilst not inhibiting processes within the host whether plant or animal. This step would result in a more effective fungicide and similarly reduce ecological damage.

Microbes and Immunity Core Research

The research for Microbes and Immunity centres on 2 distinct sub-themes. Contributing to the collaborative and inter-professional approach to the Medical Schools research community, these sub-themes attract significant research investment allowing the school to support a wide variety of PhD and research students.

Our Microbes and Immunity Experts

Dr James Cronin

Associate Professor, Biomedical Sciences
+44 (0) 1792 606409
Available For Postgraduate Supervision

Professor Angharad Davies

Professor, Medicine
+44 (0) 1792 295034
Available For Postgraduate Supervision

Professor Gwyneth Davies

Professor, Medicine
+44 (0) 1792 513067
Available For Postgraduate Supervision

Dr Ricardo Del Sol Abascal

Associate Professor, Biomedical Sciences
+44 (0) 1792 295191
Available For Postgraduate Supervision

Professor Paul Dyson

Professor, Biomedical Sciences
+44 (0) 1792 295667
Available For Postgraduate Supervision

Dr Paul Facey

Senior Lecturer, Biomedical Sciences
+44 (0) 1792 518641
Available For Postgraduate Supervision

Dr Nigel Francis

Honorary Associate Professor, Medicine
Available For Postgraduate Supervision

Dr Llinos Harris

Senior Lecturer, Biomedical Sciences
+44 (0) 1792 602419
Available For Postgraduate Supervision

Dr Matthew Hitchings

Senior Research Officer, Medicine
+44 (0) 1792 295028
Available For Postgraduate Supervision

Professor Julian Hopkin

Rector, Medicine
+44 (0) 1792 295149
Available For Postgraduate Supervision

Dr Rowena Jenkins

Lecturer, Biomedical Sciences
+44 (0) 1792 602951
Available For Postgraduate Supervision

Dr Nick Jones

Senior Lecturer, Biomedical Sciences
+44 (0) 1792 513509
Available For Postgraduate Supervision

Professor Diane Kelly

Professor Emeritus (Medicine), Medicine
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Professor Steven Kelly

Professor, Biomedical Sciences
+44 (0) 1792 602207
Available For Postgraduate Supervision

Dr Jonathan Mullins

Associate Professor, Biomedical Sciences
+44 (0) 1792 513569
Available For Postgraduate Supervision

Professor Martin Sheldon

Professor in Reproductive Immunobiology, Biomedical Sciences
+44 (0) 1792 602709
Available For Postgraduate Supervision
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Professor Cathy Thornton

Personal Chair, Biomedical Sciences
+44 (0) 1792 602122
Available For Postgraduate Supervision

Professor Venkat Kanamarlapudi

Professor of Molecular Cell Biology, Biomedical Sciences
+44 (0) 1792 295012
Available For Postgraduate Supervision

Dr Andrew Warrilow

Research Officer, Medicine
+44 (0) 1792 295828
Available For Postgraduate Supervision

Dr Thomas Wilkinson

Associate Professor, Biomedical Sciences
+44 (0) 1792 295018
Available For Postgraduate Supervision