Imperial College London


Faculty of MedicineSchool of Public Health

Honorary Research Fellow







Desk 17Building E - Sir Michael UrenWhite City Campus





Our world is more interconnected than ever before. It stands to reason, then, that our health is connected to our food, the changing climate and our environment (animals, the places we go). In the Rhodes Lab we use a One Health approach to balance and optimise the health of humans, animals and the environment.

Within the Rhodes Lab we focus on:

  • Developing laboratory methods, computational pipelines and surveillance tools for emerging fungal pathogens.
  • Carrying out environmental sampling of air, soil and waterways to discover niches of fungal diversity and novel drug resistance mechanisms. By matching with clinical sampling, we can investigate the environmental-to-human transmission of pathogenic fungi.
  • The impact of climate change as drivers of resistance and genetic diversity, using the human fungal pathogen Aspergillus fumigatus as a model organism. 



Gangneux J-P, Rhodes JL, Papon N, 2023, Airway microbiome: environmental exposure-respiratory health nexus., Trends Mol Med

Hemmings SJ, Rhodes JL, Fisher MC, 2023, Long-read Sequencing and de novo Genome Assembly of Three Aspergillus fumigatus Genomes., Mycopathologia, Vol:188, Pages:409-412

Shelton JMG, Rhodes J, Uzzell CB, et al., 2023, Citizen science reveals landscape-scale exposures to multiazole-resistant Aspergillus fumigatus bioaerosols., Science Advances, Vol:9, ISSN:2375-2548, Pages:1-9

Rhodes J, 2023, Genomic surveillance urgently needed to control wheat blast pandemic spreading across continents., Plos Biol, Vol:21

Winter DJ, Weir BS, Glare T, et al., 2022, A single fungal strain was the unexpected cause of a mass aspergillosis outbreak in the world's largest and only flightless parrot., Iscience, Vol:25, ISSN:2589-0042, Pages:105470-105470

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