Imperial College London

Professor Francis Drobniewski

Faculty of MedicineDepartment of Infectious Disease

Chair in Global Health and Tuberculosis







Commonwealth BuildingHammersmith Campus





  • Fellow of the European Society Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, European Society Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, 2017
  • SIr John Crofton Lecture, Royal Society of Medicine: Respiratory Section, 2015
  • Freedom of the City of London, Corporation of the City of London, 2013

External Positions

  • Member, NICE Technical. Appraisal Committee, NICE, 2022
  • Member, External Review Group:Consolidated Guidelines on Tuberculosis: Module 3: Diagnosis: Skin tests for the diagnosis of TB Infection, World Health Organisation, 2022
  • Member, MRC DPFS Grant Panel, MRC, 2021
  • Member, South East Region Covid Ethical Advisory Group, NHSE/I, 2020
  • Member, Apothecaries' Prize and 400 Anniversary Committee, Worshipful Societies of Apothecaries:, 2018
  • Clinical Advisor, British Thoracic Society Multiple Drug Resistant Tuberculosis, British Thoracic Society, 2018
  • Member, WHO rGLC/Europe workshop on new drugs and new treatment regimens, World Health Organisation, 2017 - 2017
  • Member, WHO Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics of Tuberculosis Medicines, World Health Organisation, 2017
  • Member, WHO Technical Expert Group: critical concentrations for drug susceptibility testing of medicines used in the treatment of drug-resistant tuberculosis, World Health Organisation, 2017 - 2018
  • Member, Global Fund Technical Review Panel, Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, 2017
  • Co-Chairman, Guideline on the evaluation of medicinal products indicated for treatment of bacterial infections’ to address the clinical development of new agents to treat tuberculosis, European Medicines Agency, 2016 - 2018
  • Chairman and Member, World Health Organisation European Laboratory Initiative, World Health Organisation, 2016
  • Specialist Member, Quality Standards Advisory Committee, NICE, 2016 - 2016
  • Member, Tuberculosis Disease Network Co-ordination Committee, European Center for Disease Control ECDC, 2015 - 2018
  • Member, ECDC TB Disease Programme Coordination Committee, European Center for Disease Control, 2014
  • Member, NICE TB Guideline Group, NICE, 2013 - 2015
  • Member, Guideline Development Group-IGRA assays for latent infection, NICE, 2010 - 2011
  • Programme Leader and Co-ordinator (until 2015) and Member (current), European Center for Disease Control, European TB Reference Laboratory Network, 2009
  • Member, National Clinical Multi-Drug Resistant Tuberculosis advisory panel, British Thoracic Society, 2009
  • Board member, TB Programme Board, Health Protection Agency, 2009 - 2012
  • Chairman (2006-2009) and Member (until 2011), WHO Euro Laboratory Strengthening Task Force, WHO, 2006 - 2011
  • Director, WHO Supra National Reference Laboratory, WHO, 2006
  • Committee Member, Joint TB Committee, British Thoracic Society, 2000 - 2016
  • Member, Advisory Commitee, EuroTB Surveillance, 1996 - 2008
  • Panel Member, Respiratory Panel, Joint Vaccine and Immunisation Committee

Membership of Professional Bodies

  • Society Member, British Infection Society, 2011
  • Society Member, The Worshipful Society of Apothecaries of London, 2010
  • Society Member, Hospital Infection Society, 2000
  • Society Member, European Respiratory Society
  • Society Member, International Union Against Tuberculosis
  • Society Member, The Biochemical Society
  • Society Member, The British Thoracic Society
  • Fellow, The Royal Society of Public Health

Links with Other Academic Bodies

  • Visiting Professor, Bournemouth University, 2022 - 2026
  • Consultant, World Health Organisation, 2019 - 2020
  • Non-Executive Director, Kent Community NHS Foundation Trust, 2018
  • Consultant Medical Microbiologist, Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Royal Bournemouth Hospital NHS Foundation trust now University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust.Deputy Chairman Quality CommitteeChairman Charities Committee, 2017
  • Professor of International Health and Tuberculosis, Queen Mary College, 2011
  • Professor of Tuberculosis and Mycobacterial Diseases, Guy’s King’s and St Thomas’ Medical School, King’s College and Queen Mary College London, 2005 - 2008

Industrial Connections

  • Health Sciences Research, Director
  • Imperial College Patent, UK patent application No: 1914359.3Screening prior to cardiothoracic surgery

Editorial Boards

  • BMC Medicine, Member, 2013