Biography - Professor Tom Harrison

Professor Tom Harrison


Name: Tom Harrison
Position: Professor of Infectious Diseases and Medicine; Joint Director of Infection and Immunity Research Institute
Research Institute: Infection and Immunity

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


Tom Harrison is Joint Head of the Infection and Immunity Research Institute and Professor of Infectious Diseases and Medicine.

Professor Harrison’s research focuses on the fungal disease cryptococcal meningitis, in particular the pathological mechanisms, the human immune response, and clinical prevention and management of disease. He also works on the development of new clinical treatments for tuberculosis.

After studying natural sciences at Christ’s College Cambridge, Prof Harrison studied medicine at St George’s. Following this he undertook postgraduate training in Infectious Diseases 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, investigating immune responses to Cryptococcus neoformans, a globally important cause of adult meningitis. He undertook clinical research training 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