PhD student using the in vivo iPerfusion system

Innovation in physical sciences, from imaging to materials, and engineering sciences whether electrical, chemical or biological, will be brought together with fundamental infection research to transform the way we study, detect and monitor infectious agents and infection progression, whether in the lab or in the patient, from artificial organs-on-a-chip to slow delivery drug implants and point-of-care infection diagnostics.

Our physical & engineering sciences champions

  • 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 Sarah Fidler

    Professor Sarah Fidler

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    Professor Sarah Fidler Professor of HIV and Communicable Diseases

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    Professor Sarah Fidler is a clinical academic who provides care for people living with HIV. Her main research interest is in the diagnosis, treatment and cure of HIV infection.

  • Dr Pantelis Georgiou

    Dr Pantelis Georgiou

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    Dr Pantelis Georgiou Reader 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.

  • Dr Cleo Kontoravdi

    Dr Cleo Kontoravdi

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    Dr Cleo Kontoravdi Reader 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 Robin Shattock

    Professor Robin Shattock

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    Professor Robin Shattock Chair in Mucosal Infection and Immunity

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    Leading an international effort to develop an RNA-based COVID-19 vaccine, and researching the mechanisms of mucosal infection to develop novel preventative strategies. This has led to the establishment of international collaborations aimed at preclinical identification, development and selection of HIV microbicide.

  • 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.