The Centre for Immunobiology consists of twenty research-active groups with around eighty scientists dedicated to top-quality research and education in immunology, with particular focus on acute and chronic inflammatory disease, lymphocyte development, and the mucosal immune system.
Our research teams are dedicated to both investigating the major mechanisms by which the immune system functions, and ultimately in easing the burden of major immune-related public health issues, including:
- The continuing prominence of bacteria and viruses as causes of serious disease and death, despite advances in antimicrobial therapy and vaccines.
- An ever-increasing burden of inflammatory illnesses, in which the immune system often becomes the cause of disease.
- The effects of gastrointestinal and liver disease.
- Professor Tom MacDonald, Professor David Rampton, Professor James Lindsay, and Dr Andy Stagg both study the pathogenesis and new options for treatment of inflammatory bowel diseases such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.
- Professor Dan Pennington’s research primarily focuses on T cell development.
- Professor Aine McKnight, Dr Matthias Dittmar and Dr Jane Deayton investigate various aspects of the host response to HIV infection, with particular emphasis of innate restriction factors.
- Dr Olivier Marches and Professor William Wade, (enteropathogenic Escherichia coli) study the mechanisms by which bacteria cause disease. Professor Mike Curtis from the Institute of Dentistry (working principally on Porphyromonas gingivalis)
- Dr David Wareham and Professor Lucinda Hall work on antibiotic resistance and hospital infections.
- Professor Ian Sanderson’s research considers gut epithelial cells as part of the innate immune system.
- Professor Ping Wang studies basic immunology focusing on T-cell activation, antigen presentation and novel mechanisms for delivering vaccines.
- Professor Paul Kelly specialises in tropical gastroenterology with strong links to the University of Zambia.
- Professor Graham Foster, Dr Will Alazawi and Dr Patrick Kennedy examine mechanisms of disease pathogenesis and intervention for viral hepatitis B and C.
- Professor David Leslie and Professor Paolo Pozzilli interests centre on Type I diabetes.
- Professor Adrian Newland, Dr Drew Provan and Dr Dan Hart are haematologists, focusing on autoimmune thrombocytopenia and haemophilia.
Postgraduate taught programmes
Our MSc in Clinical Microbiology has contributed to the training of specialist registrars, clinical scientists and biomedical scientists over many years. In 2011 we were one of only two Universities in England to be accredited to run an MSc in Clinical Science (Infection Sciences) developed in conjunction with NHS Modernising Scientific Careers as part of the new Scientist Training Programme.
The PGDip Distance Learning/MSc in Gastroenterology is designed as a curriculum in gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition for new entrants into these fields, and as an update and extension for doctors already in the field.
It is aimed at clinicians wishing to gain strong knowledge of the sciences underpinning the clinical diseases and their management.
The programme includes the ‘taught programme’ from October until April and research projects from April until submission in August. Those undertaking the PG Diploma Distance Learning will complete only the taught programme.
Our research students undertake exciting projects in diverse areas and also benefit from excellent training and support programmes within the Blizard Institute and more widely in the College. Funded studentships are awarded competitively and are always advertised on the College website and at findaphd.com.
High calibre students with independent funding who wish to undertake research in one of our major research areas may contact potential supervisors direct (please note that we receive many requests for placements and it may not always be possible to respond individually).
We run an intercalated BSc in Infectious Disease and Epidemiology with modules on bacteria, viruses, the immune system and clinical diagnostics, and our staff contribute extensively to delivering the medical curriculum. We also teach microbiology and immunology to Biological and Chemical Sciences undergraduates.
Professor Dan Pennington, Professor of Molecular Immunology
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Centre for Immunobiology
Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry
4 Newark Street
London E1 2AT