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Advancing medicine through research, collaboration and training, the Institute for Infection and Immunity at St George's aims to have a significant impact on human health. By developing a better understanding of pathogen biology and human immune responses, we work to enhance diagnosis, prevention and treatment of infectious disease and conditions linked to immune system function.

Our vision is to be a leading infection and immunity institute, driving improvements in health through collaborative basic and clinical research and training.

From Jenner to genomics

The Institute for Infection and Immunity is building on an outstanding track record of research and innovation in infectious disease. Its most illustrious alumnus is Edward Jenner, who trained at St George’s under the direction of the eminent surgeon John Hunter. Jenner’s inoculation in 1796 of eight-year-old James Phipps with fluid from cowpox blisters, to provide protection against smallpox, launched a new era of vaccination and control of infectious disease. Infection and immunity have remained strengths of St George’s and important themes for the university ever since. From pioneering genomic studies of bacterial pathogens, to innovative developments of plant-derived biopharmaceuticals, the institute remains at the forefront of global efforts to diagnose, prevent and treat infectious disease.


Institute Director

Professor Julian Ma

Tel: 0208 725 5818


Institute Manager

Melanie Monteiro

Tel: 0208 725 5488


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Principal investigators

Dr Rachel Allen, Reader in Immunology of Infection

Professor Debbie Baines, Professor of Molecular Physiology

Professor Emma Baker, Professor of Clinical Pharmacology

Dr Aisleen Bennett, Clinical Lecturer in Paediatric Infectious Disease

Dr Tihana Bicanic, Reader in Infectious Diseases

Dr Mark Bodman-Smith, Senior Lecturer in Immunology

Professor Tim Bull, Professor in Cell and Molecular Biology

Professor Philip Butcher, Professor of Molecular Medical Microbiology

Dr Irina Chis Ster, Senior Lecturer in Medical Statistics

Dr Deborah Chong, Lecturer in Infection & Immunity

Professor Anthony Coates, Professor of Medical Microbiology

Professor Philip Cooper, Professor of Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases

Dr Catherine Cosgrove, Honorary Senior Lecturer/Consultant

Professor Martin Cranage, Emeritus Professor of Molecular Vaccinology

Professor Angus Dalgleish, Professor of Oncology

Dr Pascal Drake, Lecturer in Molecular Immunology

Professor Jonathan Friedland, Deputy Principal (Research and Enterprise)

Dr Dipender Gill, Clinical Lecturer in Pharmacology and Therapeutics

Professor Steve Goodbourn, Professor of Biomolecular Science

Professor George Griffin, Emeritus Professor of Infectious Diseases and Medicine

Dr Elisabetta Groppelli, Lecturer in Global Health (non clinical)

Dr Sally Hargreaves, Senior Lecturer in Global Health

Professor Tom Harrison, Professor of Infectious Diseases 

Professor Paul Heath, Professor of Paediatric Infectious Diseases

Dr Kai Hilpert, Reader in Infection and Immunity

Dr Jason Hinds, Reader in Translational Pathogen Genomics 

Dr Qinxue Hu, Senior Lecturer in Viral Immunology

Dr Yanmin Hu, Senior Lecturer in Microbiology

 Professor Amina Jindani, Professor of Tuberculosis Therapeutics

Professor Paul Jones, Emeritus Professor of Respiratory Medicine

Professor Sanjeev Krishna, Professor of Molecular Parasitology and Medicine

Professor Shamez Ladhani, Professor of Paediatrics Infectious Diseases and Vaccinology

Dr Ken Laing, Reader in Genomics and Bioinformatics

Professor Kirsty Le Doare, Professor of Paediatric Infection and Immunity

Professor Jodi Lindsay, Professor of Microbial Pathogenesis

Dr Wai Liu, Senior Research Fellow

Dr Angela Loyse, Senior Lecturer in Infectious Diseases

Professor Julian Ma, Professor of Molecular Immunology

Dr Sile Molloy, Lecturer in Epidemiology

Professor Derek Macallan, Professor of Infectious Diseases 

Dr Tim Planche, Senior Lecturer in Medical Microbiology

Professor Rajko Reljic, Professor in Immunology

Professor Clive Robinson, Professor of Respiratory Cell Sciences

Professor Tariq Sadiq, Professor of Molecular

Professor Mike Sharland, Professor of Paediatric Infectious Diseases

Dr Arjuna Singanayagam, Senior Lecturer in Hepatology

Professor Nidhi Sofat, Professor of Rheumatology

Dr Henry Staines, Senior Lecturer in Global Health

Dr Blair Strang, Lecturer in Virology

Dr Audrey Teh, Lecturer in Molecular Immunology

Dr Rachel Wake, Clinical Lecturer

Dr Mark Wansbrough-Jones, Honorary Senior Lecturer Principal Investigator

Dr Adam Witney, Reader in Bioinformatics


 The full list of staff working at the Institute of Infection and Immunity can be found on our people page.


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