Gastrointestinal Diseases PhD/MPhil/MD

Major code: GDPR (PhD), GDMR (MPhil), GDMD (MD)


The Gastrointestinal Infections Group has a long-standing programme of research in infectious causes of gastroenteritis in children and adults. Gastroenteritis remains a major global health problem, and our work aims to describe the burden and epidemiological features of gastrointestinal disease attributable to globally important pathogens. We investigate interventions aimed at reducing morbidity and mortality associated with gastroenteritis, including vaccination.

Subject Overview

Our research includes clinical and molecular epidemiological studies of gastrointestinal pathogens causing infections in adults and children in the UK, Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America. Our multidisciplinary team includes clinically-qualified researchers and basic scientists, epidemiologists and statisticians working together to address a range of scientific questions. These include the detection, genetic diversity, evolution, and epidemiology of a wide range of enteric pathogens, including viruses, bacteria, and parasites. Key pathogens of interest currently include rotavirus, norovirus, campylobacter and cryptosporidium. Our work also addresses disease prevention including the impact of interventions such as rotavirus vaccination.

We work at the University of Liverpool City and Leahurst campuses.  We have strong collaborations locally (with NHS Trusts and the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine), nationally (with the Health Protection Agency) and internationally (with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA and Nagasaki University, Japan). Our international field work is primarily based at the Malawi-Liverpool Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Programme (MLW) in Blantyre, Malawi.  We also work with collaborators in Nepal and Brazil.

Opportunities for a PhD, MPhil or MD by research are sometimes available by competitive application, and we host and train clinical and non-clinical research fellows funded though Wellcome Trust and NIHR training fellowships.

Why choose Infection and Global Health?

Our postgraduate students have access to unrivalled expertise among Institute staff in a variety of infectious and non-infectious diseases of humans and animals, together with state-of-the-art facilities. The Institute integrates medical and veterinary research to enhance exchange of knowledge and skills, putting us at the forefront of the ‘one health agenda’.  We offer an outstanding teaching and learning experience undertaken within a culture of research excellence, which keeps staff at the cutting edge of knowledge and ensures student talent is nurtured and celebrated.