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Get in touch

For general enquiries, please contact us via email at

Who we are

The Department of Infectious Disease has recently formed a Research Committee, who will support the Executive Board with the development and delivery of the Department’s research strategy.

The Research Committee has representatives from each Section:

  • Professor José Penades – Director of the MRC Centre for Molecular Biology & Infection, Section of Molecular Microbiology (Chair)
  • Dr Myrsini Kaforou – Advanced Research Fellow, Section of Paediatric Infectious Disease
  • Professor Xiaodong Zhang - Professor of Macromolecular Structure and Function, Section of Structural and Synthetic Biology
  • Professor Paul Kellam – Professor of Virus Genomics, Section of Immunology of Infection: 
  • Professor Graham Cooke – NIHR Research Professor of Infectious Diseases and Deputy Head of Department, Section of Virology
  • Professor Francis Drobniewski - Professor of Global Health and Tuberculosis, Section of Adult Infectious Disease
  • Supported by Dr Paula Kirby – Research Manager, Faculty of Medicine (Secretariat)

How we can help

  • Want to discuss grant application strategies?
  • Thinking of applying for a Fellowship?
  • Had some feedback on a grant application that you’d like to discuss?
  • Like some independent feedback on a research proposal?
  • Have a different question for the Research Committee?

Drop us an email at

Or, if you would like help with any of the following, please contact Dr Paula Kirby, Research Manager:

  • Advice on funding schemes
  • Help planning a grant application
  • Help to identify internal resources/support in preparing a grant application
  • Review of non-scientific sections of grant applications (e.g. lay summary, data management plans, impact statements)
  • Obtaining Head of Department (HoD) approval of applications, or letters of support / supporting statements from the HoD
  • Arranging mock interviews for grant applications