Sir Alexander Fleming Building at South Kensington

In 2020 Imperial College London took the bold initiative of launching a new Institute of Infection. The new Institute draws together Imperial’s world-leading expertise in infection science along with our research partners into a single entity, creating a community united by a common passion for ground-breaking, interdisciplinary infection research and education. The Institute will harness Imperial’s excellence in fundamental and applied research from across the Faculties of Natural Science, Engineering, Medicine and the Business School, and draw on the substantial expertise already established in some of its world-class Centres, Networks and Departments.

Imperial College London has a long and renowned history in the translation of biological, medical and engineering sciences innovation to combat infection, working closely with healthcare partners, including Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust whose St Mary's Hospital is home to the discovery of penicillin. The Institute will build on this rich history, bringing together an outstanding infection research community that covers every class of pathogen - bacteria, viruses, parasites and fungi - with our world-leading work in human challenge capacity and strong links with patients and clinicians under a single umbrella. The combined entity will champion interdisciplinary science, recognising that breakthroughs frequently come from research at the interface between disciplines.

In our first years, the Institute will be underpinned by three strategic priorities, centred around the interactions between basic, discovery infection science and the clinical & biological sciences, computer science & big data and physical & engineering sciences. Through diverse modes of education and training, the Institute will seek to deepen collaboration across our campuses, already established Centres, Networks and Departments and outwards across the world with academic, not-for-profit and industry partners. As it grows, this will develop from a physical hub in South Kensington, with spokes radiating across the research and hospital centres of the College, breaking down traditional disciplinary boundaries and, with our healthcare partners, revolutionising the way infection is studied, taught and treated. Imperial’s Institute of Infection aims to be a leader in fundamental research and a powerhouse of translation and innovation, from its base in central London, in infections of global importance.

The Institute’s mission is to:

  • transform the understanding and control of infection through interdisciplinary science, bringing medical, engineering, natural and economic sciences together, turning fundamental discoveries into interventions that will save and improve lives globally.
  • enable a community of researchers and teachers with global impact, working and educating in both fundamental and translational sciences.