Department of Infection Biology

Research in our Department of Infection Biology focuses on how pathogens interact with their hosts at the molecular and cellular level.

By gaining a better understanding of the biology of host-pathogen interactions we aim to help the design of better vaccines and drugs, confront the rise of antibiotic resistance and combat the emergence of new diseases.

Our research includes:

  • Respiratory and emerging hemorrhagic fever viruses
  • Veterinary parasitology
  • Variant Surface Glycoprotein (VSG) genes
  • Viral diseases of poultry
  • Zoonotic infections in pigs and poultry
  • Genetic evolution of viruses
  • Pathogenesis of virus disease
  • Virus vaccine development
  • Bovine digital dermatitis
  • Equine immunodeficieny (Foal Immunodeficiency Syndrome - FIS)

The Department is based across two sites at Liverpool Science Park and the University's Leahurst campus. Research is underpinned by the use of state-of-art genomics, proteomics and cell-imaging technologies and collaboration with groups in the Department of Epidemiology and Population Health, the Department of Clinical Infection, Microbiology and Immunology and the wider Faculty.