Department of Clinical Infection, Microbiology and Immunology

The Department of Clinical Infection, Microbiology and Immunology is based in a purpose built 5000m2 facility, the Ronald Ross Building, which includes containment level III laboratories for in vitro and in vivo work. The Department conducts clinically driven infection research. This includes research of direct clinical relevance (centred on improved diagnosis, treatment and prevention of infections), investigation of how pathogens cause disease, and research that aims to better understand the host response to infection and vaccination.

The Department’s work addresses infections of importance both in the UK and overseas and encompasses diseases in adults and children. Major research themes within the Department currently include:

  • Organ-based disease (brain, respiratory and gastrointestinal infections)
  • Sepsis
  • Bacterial pathogenesis
  • HIV & hepatitis
  • Infection immunology
  • Vaccines
  • Infection pharmacology

A range of experimental methods and techniques are employed, including conventional microbiological, virological and immunological techniques, genomics, proteomics, animal models of infection and clinical trials.