Professor Charles Bangham - Co-Director

Charles BanghamProfessor Charles Bangham is Chair of Immunology in the Department of Infectious Diseases, within the Faculty of Medicine. Charles qualified in medical sciences at Cambridge University and in clinical medicine at Oxford University and worked as a hospital physician for three years before carrying out a PhD on viral immunology at the MRC National Institute for Medical Research and Oxford University.

In 1995 he was appointed to the Chair of Immunology in Imperial College London and in 2013 Head of the Division of Infectious Diseases. His research has focused on the human T-cell leukaemia virus, HTLV-1. His group discovered the virological synapse - the mechanism by which viruses including HTLV-1, HIV and murine leukaemia virus are transmitted from cell-to-cell. Charles is a Fellow of the Royal Society and Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences.

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Professor Jake Baum - Co-Director

Jake BaumJake Baum is Professor of Cell Biology and Infectious Diseases in the Department of Life Sciences, within the Faculty of Natural Sciences. Jake gained Bachelors’ and Masters’ degrees from Oxford University in Biological Sciences and Human Biology respectively. He completed his PhD in human-malaria population genetics at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 2002.

He then spent a decade at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, Melbourne, where he investigated the molecular basis of malaria parasite infection, co-discovering Rh5, the current lead-of-field blood-stage malaria vaccine target. He joined Imperial in 2013 as Reader in Parasite Cell Biology, with his work diversifying into parasite diagnostics, transmission intervention and vaccinology. Jake was promoted to full Professor in 2017, helped found and co-Direct the Imperial College Network of Excellence in Malaria and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology.

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Mel Bradnam PhD - Institute Manager

Mel Bradnam PhDAfter completing a PhD and postdoc in molecular biology, Mel worked as a medical writer and grant writer/senior analyst in California.

Prior to joining Imperial in 2021, she held positions at UCL as a Strategic Research Facilitator for the School of Life and Medical Sciences and (as a secondment) as Manager for the CRUK UCL Centre.

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