Infectious Diseases research

Infectious diseases

With over a century of discovery and translational research in infectious diseases, the University of Liverpool is a recognised leader in this field.

Our work covers both global health problems plus national and local issues. The depth and breadth of our clinical expertise in infectious diseases, capability in translational science and facilities for undertaking preclinical work and clinical trials exemplify the Liverpool Advantage in this field of research.

Our interdisciplinary approach seamlessly brings together medical and veterinary science with a focus on emerging infectious diseases and zoonoses (diseases that spread from animals to humans).

As a pioneer in infection and global health, the University is in a prime position to respond when new global threats emerge, such as the recent Ebola crisis and Zika epidemic.

Combatting and preventing antimicrobial resistance is a core theme across our work, and Liverpool operates at all scales from viruses, through to multicellular parasites, in animals, humans and in the environment.

The scope of our infection pharmacology expertise is distinct, covering formulation, improved dosing, repurposing drugs, PK/PD, drug interactions, toxicology, as well as designing novel drug delivery mechanisms.

Research activities

Centre for Global Vaccine research

Centre for Global Vaccine Research

The Centre for Global Vaccine Research is an interdisciplinary research initiative, reaching across the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences with partners around the world.

Liverpool unites with 25 research organisations to fight Zika virus

Fighting the Zika virus

The Institute of Infection and Global Health is among the 25 leading research and public health organisations which gathered in Recife, Brazil for the launch of ZikaPLAN (Zika Preparedness Latin American Network).


Rotavirus Vaccine Immunogenicity Study

This study aims to investigate the different factors that can affect how effective rotavirus vaccine is in different children. Research will take place in three locations; Liverpool, UK; Vellore, India and Blantyre in Malawi.

The Liverpool Advantage - partnerships

NIHR centre

NIHR Health Protection Units

We host two of NIHR’s Health Protection Research Units: in Emerging and Zoonotic Infections, and in Gastrointestinal Infections.

Child in hospital bed

From bench to bedside

Our close partnerships with Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Royal Liverpool University Hospital and Alder Hey Children's Hospital give us a distinct advantage in this field.

Centre of Excellence in Infectious Diseases Research


Created to develop innovative technologies for the prevention, control and treatment of infectious diseases, the Centre of Excellence in Infectious Diseases Research was launched in January 2017.

Meet some of our leading academics in infectious diseases research:

Professor Nigel Cunliffe

Professor Nigel Cunliffe

Professor, Clinical Infection, Microbiology and Immunology

Miren Gomara

Professor Miren Iturriza-Gomara

Senior Lecturer, Clinical Infection, Microbiology and Immunology

Professor Tom Solomon

Professor Tom Solomon

Director of the Institute of Infection and Global Health

Enitan Carrol

Professor Enitan Carrol

Professor, Clinical Infection, Microbiology and Immunology

Professor William Hope

Professor William Hope

Professor of Therapeutics and Infectious Diseases

Prof Sarah O'Brien

Professor Sarah O'Brien

Professor of Public Health and Policy

Professor Matthew Baylis

Professor Matthew Baylis

Oxenhale Chair of Veterinary Epidemiology

Aras Kadioglu

Professor Aras Kadioglu

Professor of Bacterial Pathogenesis

Neil French

Professor Neil French

Professor of Infectious Diseases and Global Health,
Honorary Consultant Royal Liverpool & Broadgreen University Hospitals Trust

Professor Saye Khoo

Professor Saye Khoo

Professor, Molecular and Clinical Pharmacology

Rob Christley

Dr Rob Christley

Reader in Epidemiology

Diana Williams

Professor Diana Williams

Professor, Veterinary Parasitology