Dr Cheryl Battersby
Cheryl Battersby is a Clinical Senior Lecturer at the Neonatal Data Analysis Unit, Section of Academic Neonatal Medicine at Imperial College London, and Honorary Consultant Neonatologist at Chelsea and Westminster NHS Foundation Trust. Cheryl's research interests centre on using population data captured as part of routine care ‐ to help address questions that are difficult to answer with more conventional methods. Her PhD focused on the epidemiology of Necrotising Enterocolitis and she led the UK Neonatal Collaborative‐Necrotising Enterocolitis Study. Her other interests include improving newborn care in low resource settings, cardiology and haemodynamics. Cheryl read Medicine at the University of Nottingham, graduating in 2003 (BMedSci first class, BMBS). She undertook paediatric training in London, gaining membership of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health in 2006 and completed subspecialty training in Neonatal Medicine in 2018.
Dr Claire Booth
Honorary Consultant in Immunology / Lecturer in Immunology. Specialist interest(s): X‐linked lymphoproliferative syndromes, stem cell transplantation and gene therapy for primary immunodeficiencies.
Dr Aubrey Cunnington
Aubrey is a Clinical Senior Lecturer and Honorary Consultant in Paediatric Infectious Diseases at Imperial College. His research focuses on the interactions between hosts and pathogens which result in severe infectious diseases, particularly relating to malaria. Aubrey has recently been awarded a MRC Clinician Scientist Fellowship to investigate the host‐pathogen interactions which cause severe malaria.
Dr Caroline Foster
Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust specialising in Paediatrics and Genito‐urinary medicine.
Dr James Hatcher (Consultant Microbiologist, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust)
Jim is a Microbiology and Infectious Diseases Consultant at St Mary’s and has a special interest in Paediatric infections.
Dr Jethro Herberg
Jethro Herberg is a Clinical Lecturer in Paediatric Infectious Diseases at Imperial College and St Mary's Hospital, London. His research interests focus on the immunopathology of respiratory infection. He is an experienced teacher at undergraduate and postgraduate level, including organising and tutoring on the Imperial MRCPCH course.
Dr Hayley Hernstadt
Division of Paediatric Medicine Surgery and Critical Care, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust
Professor Simon Kroll
After reading Chemistry at Oxford, Simon Kroll completed undergraduate medical training at Oxford University Medical School, qualifying in 1980. His initial paediatric training was at Oxford, working under the mentorship of David Baum and Peter Tizard. After MRCP(UK), a short spell in Infectious Diseases at Great Ormond Street led to a Clinical Lectureship, and later a University Lectureship, in Richard Moxon’s Department in Oxford, where during tenure of a Lister Institute Research Fellowship he gained his first consultant post – in Paediatric Infectious Diseases – in 1988. In 1993 he moved to Imperial College and St Mary’s Hospital as Professor of Paediatrics and Molecular Infectious Diseases. He was elected FRCP in 1995, FRCPCH in 1997 and Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2001.
From 2000 to 2008 he served two terms as a member of the UK Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), and since 2001 has been a member of the UK Health Protection Agency’s Meningococcus Forum. He is a member of the NICE Meningitis Guideline Development Group, and chairs the Medical and Scientific Advisory Committee of The Meningitis Trust, as well as serving as a member of the Lister Institute of Preventive Medicine’s Scientific Advisory Committee.
The activities of his research group (the Molecular Infectious Diseases Group, MIDG, established with Paul Langford) have focused on the genetic and molecular basis for the virulence of bacterial pathogens, in particular Haemophilus influenzae and Neisseria meningitidis, responsible for life-threatening infections such as meningitis and septicaemia in previously healthy children. He has published over 100 papers in scientific journals on these and related topics.
Dr Simon Nadel (Reader in Paediatric Intensive Care, Imperial College)
Simon Nadel has been involved in coordinating and running therapeutic trials in children with meningococcal and other septic shock, and has also conducted research studies into the pathophysiology and treatment of meningococcal disease in children. He has contributed to writing clinical guidelines for the management of children with septicaemia and meningitis.
Dr Nelly Ninis
Nelly is a consultant General Paediatrician at St Mary's Hospital. She completed sub-specialty training in paediatric infectious diseases and immunology and has carried out research into the management of meningococcal disease in children in the UK.
Dr Vanessa Sancho Shimizu (Research Fellow section of Paediatrics, Imperial College)
Vanessa Sancho Shimizu has focused her research on the genetics underlying childhood paediatric infectious diseases. She has contributed to the understanding of human TLR3-IFN pathway biology in the context of herpes simplex encephalitis in children.
Dr Suranjith Seneviratne
Consultant in Clinical Immunology and Allergy Royal Free Hospital and University College London Centre for Immunodeficiency.
Dr Gareth Tudor-Williams (Reader in Paediatric Infectious Diseases, Imperial College London)
Dr Gareth Tudor-Williams qualified in medicine from St. Thomas' Hospital, University of London. He undertook broad training in paediatrics in the UK in Bristol, Taunton, University College London, Nottingham and Oxford. He ran a mother and child health clinic for the Save the Children Fund in Nepal for two years, developing a sub-specialist interest in paediatric infectious diseases. Research training included two years in Oxford with Prof Moxon, two years at Duke University, US with Prof Katz and Prof Wilfert, and three years as a visiting scientist and attending consultant at the National Institutes of Health, US with Prof Pizzo. Dr Tudor-Williams returned to St. Mary's Hospital in 1994 to help develop the tertiary paediatric infectious diseases service. He is passionately interested in trying to help undergraduates become inspired and inspiring doctors of the future.
Dr Elizabeth Whittaker
Dr Liz Whittaker is Consultant and Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer in paediatric infectious diseases and immunology. She divides her time between Imperial College London and the Department of Paediatric Infectious Diseases and Immunology, St. Marys Hospital, London where she is the lead for Paediatric TB services.
Liz graduated from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland and following clinical experience in Dublin and Brisbane, Australia, moved to London. Here she trained as a paediatrician and was successfully awarded an academic clinical fellowship in paediatric infectious diseases in 2006. The nine-month research period associated with this fellowship allowed her to develop her interest in paediatric infectious diseases and involved a couple of research projects on tuberculosis biomarkers and interferon gamma release assays (IGRA). She completed the Gorgas Diploma Course in clinical tropical medicine in Peru and was awarded a DTM&H in 2009.
Dr Whittaker completed her Wellcome Trust funded PhD project ‘Immune responses to mycobacteria; the role of age and disease severity’ in 2014, based between Imperial College London and the University of Cape Town in South Africa. The project was supervised by Professor Beate Kampmann at Imperial College and Professors Mark Nicol and Heather Zar at the University of Cape Town, where all of the children were recruited at Red Cross Memorial Children's Hospital. She was fortunate to complete her lab work in the Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine in Cape Town, working closely with both Clinical Infectious Diseases Research Initiative (CIDRI) and the South African Tuberculosis Vaccine Initiative (SATVI). She completed her paediatric training in 2016, combining clinical and research experience as an NIHR-funded academic clinical lecturer.
Her current research interests are in Adolescent TB, TB co-infections and susceptibility to disease, and CMV infections in the perinatal period.
Dr Whittaker is the paediatric specialty co-lead for the North West London Clinical Research Network. In this role, she leads the development of local clinical research network activity in paediatrics, encouraging local clinicians to participate in NIHR clinical research network portfolio studies. She is PI on a number of clinical trials at Imperial College NHS Trust. She is the secretary of the British Paediatric Allergy, Infection and Immunity Group (BPAIIG) and on the steering committee of the British Association of Paediatric TB (BAPT). Dr Whittaker has a strong interest in teaching and training and currently is the quality adviser to the paediatric allergy, immunology and infectious diseases CSAC committee at the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.