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 global health problems, as well as national and local issues. Our interdisciplinary approach brings together the fields of medical and veterinary science.

We house a breadth of clinical expertise in infectious diseases, capability in translational science, and facilities for preclinical work and clinical trials.

Combatting and preventing antimicrobial resistance is a core theme across our work. We are experts in developing and delivering vaccines, with millions of lives saved through our programmes.

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

To find out how our researchers are helping to tackle the current COVID-19 pandemic, please visit our COVID-19 hub

Infectious diseases research activities

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Researchers across the University are applying their leading expertise to help combat the global pandemic.

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HIV transmission

The DolPHIN2 study is aiming to reduce the rate of mother to child transmission of HIV through research into a new drug.

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Tackling antimicrobial resistance

Why and how the Centre of Excellence in Infectious Diseases Research is taking on the ‘grand challenge’ of AMR in Liverpool and beyond.

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One health and antimicrobial resistance

Working to help fight antimicrobial resistance, one of the biggest threats facing human and animal health today.

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Rotavirus vaccination

Leading a global programme of research to support the widespread introduction of rotavirus vaccines.

Our partnerships

Centre of Excellence in Infectious Diseases Research


The Centre of Excellence in Infectious Diseases Research aims to minimise the impact of infectious diseases on human health, locally and internationally.

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.

Young girl receiving rotavirus vaccination

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.

Meet some of our leading academics in infectious diseases research:

Professor Tom Solomon

Professor Tom Solomon

Professor of Neurological Science (Theme lead)

Enitan Carrol

Professor Enitan Carrol

Professor, Clinical Infection, Microbiology and Immunology

William Hope

Professor William Hope

Dame Sally Davies Chair of AMR Research, Director of Centre of Excellence in Infectious Diseases Research

Dr Shampa Das

Dr Shampa Das

Senior Lecturer, Molecular and Clinical Pharmacology

Professor Calum Semple

Professor Calum Semple

Professor in Child Health and Outbreak Medicine

Professor Andrew Owen

Professor Andrew Owen

Professor, Molecular and Clinical Pharmacology

Professor Nigel Cunliffe

Professor Nigel Cunliffe

Dean of the Institute of Infection and Global Health

Professor Nicola Williams

Professor Nicola Williams

Professor of Bacterial Zoonotic Disease

Miren Gomara

Professor Miren Iturriza-Gomara

Senior Lecturer, Clinical Infection, Microbiology and Immunology

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