Our research addresses local, national and international priorities, supporting improvements to health and driving economic growth. Within the School of Veterinary Science, we undertake basic clinical research supporting the health of domestic and companion animals. We also undertake ecological research to support sustainable ecosystems.

Our programmes of research on infectious diseases of people and animals, including zoonotic diseases that spread between them, span all scales, from the gene to the population. We are a leading centre for research into emerging diseases, including SARS-CoV-2, Ebola, Zika, parasitic and vector-borne diseases.

Our challenges

Food security

A critical global challenge is the triple burden of malnutrition: food insufficiency, micronutrient deficiencies, and health problems arising from overnutrition. Addressing this challenge demands food systems that can provide affordable, accessible and safe food for all, regardless of socio-economic status or geographical location.

Antimicrobial resistance

Microbes are gaining resistance to the treatments used to control them, making antimicrobial resistance one of the greatest current threats to human and animal health. We are investigating the clinical and environmental factors that drive the evolution and development of resistance and developing novel antimicrobial treatment strategies.

Adaptation to environmental change

The world's natural and agricultural resources face major challenges from a changing climate and a growing human population. We aim to understand the fundamental biology of how organisms respond to environmental change.

Emerging infectious diseases

The health of people and animals is threatened by infectious diseases that often emerge in response to our rapidly changing world – driven by change to the environment or climate, global travel and trade, urbanisation and the rise of antimicrobial resistance.

Centres of Excellence

Range of different bacterial species

Centre of Excellence in Infectious Diseases Research (CEIDR)

Minimising the impact of infectious diseases on human health in Liverpool, the UK and globally.

NERC Environmental Omics Facility

NERC Environmental Omics Facility

Empowering the next generation of environmental researchers with a full range of omic tools.

Fruits and vegetables on a market stall

Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Food Systems

Bringing together knowledge and research of biological, management, behavioural and climate sciences to improve health and the environment.

Microbiome Innovation Centre

Microbiome Innovation Centre

Combining state of the art facilities with diverse expertise from across numerous disciplines including ecological, biological, clinical and veterinary science.

Research centres

We're continually developing successful collaborations across our broad range of research areas.

NIHR Health Protection Research Unit in Emerging and Zoonotic Infections

NIHR Health Protection Research Unit in Emerging and Zoonotic Infections (HPRU EZI)

Supporting and strengthening Public Health England in its role of protecting England from emerging and zoonotic infections.

Health Protection Research Unit in Gastrointestinal Infections

Health Protection Research Unit in Gastrointestinal Infections

Exploring and explaining the distribution of diarrhoeal diseases in the population, establishing for whom the disease burden is greatest and why.

One Health Regional Network for the Horn of Africa

One Health Regional Network for the Horn of Africa

Improving the health and wealth of the people of the Horn of Africa by developing a One Health Regional Network.

The Malawi-Liverpool Wellcome Trust

Malawi-Liverpool-Wellcome Centre

Conducting internationally excellent research to benefit health and training the next generation of researchers

Case studies

Slums in Brazil

Reducing disease in Brazilian slums

Our researchers are training young people in Salvador to recognise and reduce the risk of infectious disease in their local community. The ultimate aim is to improve the health and life prospects of people in slum communities across Brazil and elsewhere in the world.


Brian Moss Aquatic Mesocosm Facility

Brian Moss Aquatic Mesocosm Facility

One of Europe's largest and technologically most advanced facilities for studying environmental impacts on shallow freshwaters

Buxton Climate Change Impacts Lab

The BCCIL is dedicated to investigating the impact that climate change has on the UK's grasslands and how to maintain and protect the biodiversity that lives within it for future generations

Accreditations and partnerships

Our local and global partnerships provide vital support to our research activity.

Wellcome Trust

The Wellcome Trust exists to improve health by helping great ideas to thrive. Wellcome is an independent global charitable foundation.

Liverpool Health Partners

Liverpool Health Partners' mission is to improve population health outcomes and economic productivity in Cheshire and Merseyside.

National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)

NIHR is the nation's largest funder of health and care research and provide the people, facilities and technology that enables research to thrive.

Athena SWAN Silver Award

We're proud to hold the Athena SWAN Silver Award, recognising our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion.

Pandemic Institute

The Pandemic Institute

Preparing the world for the next pandemic. Leading the world’s understanding and ability to manage pandemics, through an end-to-end approach to pandemic research.