Biography - Professor Tom Harrison

Professor Tom Harrison

Name: Tom Harrison
Position: Professor of infectious diseases and medicine; Joint head of the Infection and Immunity Research Centre

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Cryptococcal meningitis group


Cryptococcal meningitis, tuberculosis - chemotherapy and drug resistance, systemic fungal infection, antifungal chemotherapy, clinical research, global health.


Professor Tom Harrison is the joint head of the Infection and Immunity Research Centre and a professor of infectious diseases and medicine at St George’s, University of London.

After studying natural sciences at Christ’s College Cambridge, he studied medicine at St Georges, University of London. His postgraduate training in Infectious Diseases was in London and through an Infectious Disease fellowship in Boston, USA. His initial research training was in the laboratory of Professor Stuart Levitz in Boston, where he worked on immune responses to Cryptococcus neoformans, a globally important cause of cause of adult meningitis. His clinical research training was through the programmes in Clinical Effectiveness and International Health at Harvard Medical School. On returning to the UK in 1997, further laboratory studies were combined with clinical trial work, developed first in Thailand, and subsequently in Africa.

Awards and honours

  • Infectious Diseases Society of America Division Fellowship in Medical Mycology.
  • NIH/Fogarty HIV, Aids and Related Illnesses Collaboration Award.
  • Advanced Training Fellowship. The Wellcome Trust.
  • MRC College of Experts. Advisor to the Health Services and Public Health Research Board.
  • WHO, Infectious Diseases Society of America, and Southern African HIV Clinician’s Society expert panel member.