Immunology PhD/MPhil/MD

Major code: IMPR (PhD), IMMR (MPhil), IMMD (MD)


Overview

Immunology is the study of host resistance to infection. Without an immune system, humans and animals would be susceptible to overwhelming infection with bacteria, viruses, fungi or parasites. In IGH we study the immune response to infection in both humans and animals of economic importance.

Subject Overview

Research in Immunology is based in new laboratories at three sites, the Ronald Ross Building, IC2 and Leahurst. It encompasses studies of the immune responses to and vaccination against a range of bacterial, viral and parasitic pathogens including: Streptococcus pneumoniae, Mycobacterium tuberculosis, Japanese encephalitis virus,HIV,cytomegalovirus and other herpesviruses, chicken metapneumovirus, Salmonella, Treponema, Onchocerca, Fasciola, cyathostomins, Cryptosporidium, Giardia, Toxoplasma and Neospora caninum. Techniques used include: tissue and pathogen culture, cell separation, flow cytometry, proliferation assays, ELISA, antibody production, Western blotting, proteomics, PCR and transcriptomic and genomic technologies, including metagenomics, resequencing and genotyping.

The aims of the research are to investigate the nature of the cellular and humoral immune responses to pathogens of human or veterinary importance and how this knowledge may be used to design vaccines or other immunotherapeutic strategies to benefit clinical and veterinary medicine.

Available programmes for Immunology research are:

  • Infection & Immunity
  • Immunology
  • Veterinary Immunology

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.