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, visit our COVID-19 hub

Research activities

3D design of virus

COVID-19

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

Baby receiving the oral rotavirus vaccine

Vaccines: The race to save lives

Our researchers are improving vaccine effectiveness and developing new formulations to fight against devastating diseases.

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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.

Scientist holding a petri dish

Tackling antimicrobial resistance

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

Group of pets with their owners

One health and antimicrobial resistance

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

Our partnerships

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CEIDR

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

This Centre 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

Chair of Neurology and Director of the NIHR Research Unit in Emerging and Zoonotic Infections

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Professor Enitan Carrol

Professor Enitan Carrol

Professor of Paediatric Infection

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Professor William Hope

Professor William Hope

Dame Sally Davies Chair of AMR Research, Director of CEIDR

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Dr Shampa Das

Dr Shampa Das

Molecular and Clinical Pharmacology

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Professor Calum Semple

Professor Calum Semple

Professor in Child Health and Outbreak Medicine

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Professor Andrew Owen

Professor Andrew Owen

Molecular and Clinical Pharmacology

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Professor Nigel Cunliffe

Professor Nigel Cunliffe

Professor of Medical Microbiology and Honorary Consultant Microbiologist, Alder Hey Children’s Hospital

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Professor Nicola Williams

Professor Nicola Williams

Professor of Bacterial Zoonotic Disease

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Miren Gomara

Professor Miren Iturriza-Gomara

Professor of Virology

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Professor Sarah O'Brien

Professor Sarah O'Brien

Professor of Infection Epidemiology and Zoonoses

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Professor Matthew Baylis

Professor Matthew Baylis

Oxenhale Chair of Veterinary Epidemiology

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Aras Kadioglu

Professor Aras Kadioglu

Professor of Bacterial Pathogenesis

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Professor Neil French

Professor Neil French

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

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Professor Saye Khoo

Professor Saye Khoo

Professor in the Department of Pharmacology

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Rob Christley

Dr Rob Christley

Reader in Epidemiology

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Professor Diana Williams

Professor Diana Williams

Infection Biology

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