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Innovative, world-leading research with a translational focus

The Section of Adult Infectious Disease undertakes world-leading innovative research with a strong translational component. The Section has six research themes, namely: AMR and healthcare-associated infection, tuberculosis, gram- positive infections, respiratory infections, inflammation and sepsis, and international health. As well as hosting the NIHR Health Protection Unit (HPRU) in AMR and HCAI, with strong collaborations with Public Health England, academics in the Section participate in other HPRU’s across the Faculty, the MRC Centre for Molecular Bacteriology & Infection (CMBI) and the KEMRI Wellcome Trust Research Programme. Section members lead a number of cross-faculty themes including the Imperial Network for Vaccine Research (INVaR) and the Antimicrobial Resistance Collaborative (ARC).

The Section is based in modern facilities that house state of the art category 2 and category 3 pathogen containment laboratories. Senior staff members have diverse collaborative links across the world, and several are primarily based overseas in Peru, South Africa, Uganda and Kenya.

The Section of Adult Infectious Disease has a strong profile in the area of clinical and non-clinical education in infection, teaching both undergraduates, for example, Year 5 and Year 6 MBBS students and postgraduates. It is the home of the popular MSc in Molecular MedicineMany PhD students including a large number of Wellcome Trust and MRC Clinical Research Training Fellows are based in the Section. We also welcome a range of BSc, MSc and other project students. The Section operates in close liaison with the clinical infection service at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, with many dual appointments across Imperial College and the Trust

Research groups and centre leadership

Research themes

A selection of the Section's key research areas, units and networks:

Section leadership

Professor Shiranee Sriskandan
Section Head, Adult Infectious Disease

Shiranee Sriskandan is Professor of Infectious Diseases and the theme lead for the NIHR Health Protection Research Unit (HPRU) in Healthcare Associated Infection and Antimicrobial Resistance. Her research focusses on the potential mechanisms by which serious Gram positive pathogens cause disease, using the group A streptococcus (Streptococcus pyogenes) as a paradigm. 

Further information on Professor Sriskandan

Principal Investigators