Female student in a laboratory, Wellcome Trust PhD Programme, University of Glasgow

Supervisors and projects

The IIB supervisor pool will be over 50 senior investigators, early career researchers (ECR) and international supervisors from collaborating institutions.

To provide the highest level of support and training, we offer a co-supervisory model, with every student mentored across disciplinary and/or international boundaries.

Primary supervisors will be established infectious disease researchers with substantial funding and training records, and students will join well resourced laboratories with post-doctoral and senior research staff offering inbuilt technical expertise and day-to-day support.

Each student will have a dedicated thesis committee composed of their primary and co-supervisors and two additional ‘assessors’, inclusive of a management team member. The assessors provide independent assessment and pastoral care, and can feed back on supervisor performance.

Thesis committees will be gender balanced and inclusive of ECRs providing fresh, diverse perspectives. Students will meet assessors, independently of their supervisors quarterly, with flexible additional meetings as required. Based on UoG best-practice, a formal annual review will be completed, including reports from the student, supervisors, and assessors and overseen by the local PGR convenor.


Supervisor List

Simon Babayan - Host/Parasite Interactions
Michael Barrett
Matt Berriman
David Bhella - Structural Biology
Alfredo Castello - RNA Binding Proteins in Virus Infection*
Sarah Cleaveland - Comparative Epidemiology
Julia Cordero - Epigenetics
Adam Dobson 
Heather Ferguson - Vector biology
Jo Halliday - Epidemiology and ecology of infectious diseases
Katie Hampson - Ecology of Infectious Diseases
Daniel Haydon - Population ecology and epidemiology
Virginia Howick - Epidemiology and ecology of infectious diseases
Ed Hutchinson - Molecular Biology of Influenza Viruses*
Chris Illingworth - Virology
Robert Insall - Mathematical and Computational Cell Biology
Roz Laing - Parasite genomics and drug resistance
Poppy Lamberton - Epidemiology and ecology of infectious diseases
Martin Llewellyn - Parasites, Microbes and Population
Annette MacLeod - Biodiversity, Animal Health & Comparative Medicine*
Megan MacLeod - Immunology
Rick Maizels - Parasitology
Kevin Maloy - Immunology
Matt Marti - Parasitology
Richard McCulloch - Pathogen molecular biology and genetics 
Simon Milling - Immunology
Christopher Moxon*
Massimo Palmarini - Biology and pathogenesis of livestock diseases
Pablo Murcia - Integrative Virology
Thomas Otto - Immunology
Georgia Perona-Wright - Immunology
Lisa Ranford-Cartwright - Pathogen Genetics
David Robertson - Viral genomics and bioinformatics
Andy Roe - Bacteriology
Lilach Sheiner - Pathogen molecular biology and genetics*
Steven Sinkins - Microbiology and tropical medicine
Dan Streicker - Evolutionary biology
Emma Thomson - Pathogen molecular biology and genetics*
Andrew Tobin - Anti-pathogen drug development 
Mafalda Viana
Daniel Wall - Bacteriology
Andy Waters - Parasitology*
Sam Wilson - Pathogenesis and virulence

 * donates academics who accepted a PhD student in 2022 and therefore cannot in 2023.

** currently on maternity leave.

Co-Supervisor List

Early Career Researchers will Co-Supervise PhD projects:

Benjamin Brennan
Adam Dobson
Adam Fletcher
Claire Harding
Antonia Ho
Katarzyna Modrzynska
Chris Moxon
Anna Pearce
Ed Roberts

Co-Supervisors with expertise in fields outside infectious disease include:

Andrew Biankin - Tumour biology
Neil Bulleid  - Protein structure
Nicholas Hanley - One Health Economics
Richard Hartley - Drug design
Pasquale Maffia
David McAllister - Multimorbidity
Graeme Milligan - Cellular biochemistry
Richard Reeve - Population and ecosystem health
Kostas Tokatlidis
Helen Walden - Protein structure


In addition, PhD students may select Co-Supervisors at overseas partner institutions, including:

Matthew Cotten - Uganda
Mia Crampin - Malawi
Alison Elliott - Uganda
Markus Meissner - Ludwig-Maximillian University, Munich
Henry Mwandumba - Malawi
Frances Ndungu - Kenya
Karl Seydel - Malawi


Supervisor Movies

Some of our supervisors have produced short movies to give students a flavour of their lab, research and what their project might look like.

Prof David Bhella

Dr Julia Cordero

Dr Gill Douce

Prof Heather Ferguson

Dr Clare Harding

Dr Megan MacLeod

Prof Matthias Marti

Dr Katarzyna Modrzynska

Dr Chris Moxon

Prof Andrew Roe

Dr Lilach Sheiner

Prof Annette MacLeod

Prof Richard McCulloch

Prof Andy Waters