PhD student using the in vivo iPerfusion system

We bring innovation in physical sciences - from imaging and materials to electrical, chemical and biological engineering - together with fundamental infection research to transform the way we study, detect and monitor infectious agents and the progression of infection and disease.

Imperial has broad and deep expertise in engineering science, which we harness to focus on infection, in the lab and in the patient, with techniques such as artificial organs-on-a-chip, slow-delivery drug implants, and point-of-care infection diagnostics. We use this potential to transform the approach to infection, developing new ways to detect and quantify infections - and to stop them.

Our physical & engineering sciences champions

  • Dr Anna Barnard

    Dr Anna Barnard

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    Dr Anna Barnard Advanced Research Fellow (Sir Henry Dale Fellowship)

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    Developing chemical tools to understand and inhibit therapeutically significant protein-protein interactions. This work encompasses aspects of chemical biology, synthetic organic chemistry, peptide and protein chemistry, chemical proteomics and medicinal chemistry.

  • Dr Tom Ellis

    Dr Tom Ellis

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    Dr Tom Ellis Professor of Synthetic Genome Engineering

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    Developing foundational tools for accelerating, automating and scaling design-led synthetic genomics and synthetic biology, as well as applied projects in industrially-relevant and medically-relevant microbes, including infectious pathogens.

  • Professor Pantelis Georgiou

    Professor Pantelis Georgiou

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    Professor Pantelis Georgiou Professor in Biomedical Electronics

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    The design of novel Lab-on-Chip technology using CMOS microelectronics, applied in rapid diagnostics for infectious diseases and control of antimicrobial resistance. Broad expertise in the development of innovative wearable and medical device technology for the rehabilitation of chronic diseases such as diabetes.

  • Professor Cleo Kontoravdi

    Professor Cleo Kontoravdi

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    Professor Cleo Kontoravdi Professor in Biosystems Engineering

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    The application of systems engineering principles to bioprocessing. Research involves the systematic integration of model-based tools with experimentation on mammalian cell culture systems. The lab has been instrumental in the interrogation of bioprocessing data for the manufacture of vaccines against viral infection.

  • Professor Molly Stevens

    Professor Molly Stevens

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    Professor Molly Stevens Professor of Biomedical Materials and Regenerative Medicine

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    Applying innovative bioengineering approaches toward regenerative medicine and biosensing, with a particular interest in infection. The lab's research spans drug delivery, tissue engineering, biosensing, materials characterisation, soft robotics and the interface between living and non-living matter.