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Department of Infectious Diseases

We bring together researchers and students to understand the pathogenic mechanisms, diagnosis and treatment of human infections.

Our research bridges our strengths in laboratory-based enquiry using molecular genetics, metagenomics, biochemistry, cell biology, bioinformatics and structural biology, with rich clinical resources in microbiology, virology, sexually transmitted diseases and clinical trials.

Current projects cover areas that include HIV/AIDS, Ebola, influenza, parvoviruses, Shigella and transmission networks of drug-resistant microbes.

We provide high-quality teaching and training to the next generation of researchers in virology, clinical infectious diseases and diseases treatment.

We are home to the Infectious Diseases BioBank serving as a centralised specimen deposit for archiving and molecular analysis that assists researchers wishing to undertake cohort-based projects in areas such as HIV/AIDS, HCV infection or MRSA.

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Our research groups

Agromayor Group

The Agromayor Lab is part of the Department of Infectious Diseases

Apolonia Group

We use diverse, integrated techniques and approaches from cell culture, virology, molecular biology, biochemistry and bioinformatics to uncover novel innate inhibitors and dependency factors of HIV, Influenza, SARS-CoV-2, and other viruses.

Doores Lab

The Doores Lab is in the Department of Infectious Diseases

Fox Group

The Fox Group works on combined HIV adolescent prevention and investigating COVID-19 infectiousness and antibody evolution in COVID-19 patients in Sub-Saharan Africa and Europe.

Galão Lab

The Galao Lab studies host/virus interactions, focusing mainly in innate immune responses to infection by RNA viruses.

Hill Group

Relapsing bacterial infections require prolonged and repetitive antibiotic treatment schedules associated with the emergence of antibiotic resistance.

Malim Lab

The Malim lab is part of the Department of Infectious Diseases

Martinez-Nunez Group

We investigate how mRNA translation is regulated during inflammation and infection responses.

Mischo Lab

The Mischo Lab studies how gene expression can be controlled through the modulation of transcription termination.

Odendall Group

The Odendall Group is based in the Department of Infectious Diseases

Padilla-Parra Lab

We employ advanced single molecule imaging approaches to understand enveloped virus fusion mechanics. We use a highly interdisciplinary approach that combines, virology, molecular biology, advanced biophysics live cells imaging and single molecule spectroscopy to define virus fusion molecular machines. In particular we investigate a number of enveloped viruses during the first steps of infection (virus entry and fusion) that comprise Human Immunodeficiency Virus 1 (HIV-1), Ebola (EBOV) and SARS Corona viruses (SARS CoV 2).

RNA Biology

RNA is at the forefront of biomedical research for its central role in how information is transferred from DNA to protein. This Research Interest Group is open to all interested parties from across the University.

Schurich Group

The Schurich Lab studies the function of human T cells, with a focus on T cell metabolism to understand how T cells fuel their extraordinary effector capacity.

Swanson Lab

Swanson lab in the Department of Infectious Diseases

Wanford Group

The Wanford lab employs genomic, and wet lab infection biology techniques to study: (1) how Kp regulate expression of its major virulence factor, a slimy layer surrounding the pathogen called the polysaccharide capsule, and (2) how both the capsule and other accessory genes modulate interaction of Kp with host cells

  • Carey Group

  • Koziell Group

  • Martin-Serrano Group




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