Affiliate members

Dr Roman Biek

Reader (Institute of Biodiversity Animal Health and Comparative Medicine)

Research interests: Molecular ecology and evolution. Infectious disease dynamics in wild and domestic animal populations, with a focus on viral and bacterial pathogens.

Professor Sarah Cleaveland

Professor of Comparative Epidemiology (Institute of Biodiversity Animal Health and Comparative Medicine)

Research interests: Understanding the ecology of diseases affecting human, domestic animal and wildlife health in natural ecosystems and mitigating their impacts. Zoonoses, neglected tropical diseases, intervention science, ecosystem health research, One Health.

Professor Daniel Haydon

Director of Institute/Professor of Population Ecology and Epidemiology(Institute of Biodiversity Animal Health and Comparative Medicine)

Research interests: Mathematical modelling of ecological and epidemiological processes; infectious disease ecology; design of vaccination programs; within-host pathogen dynamics; viral population genomics; antimicrobial resistance; statistical ecology; animal movement and spatial ecology; lichens.

Dr Megan MacLeod

Research Fellow (Immunology)

Research interests: Research in my lab is focussed on understanding the underlying differences between naïve and memory CD4 T cells. The major goal of our research is to understand the cellular and molecular differences that enable memory CD4 T cells to respond differently from their naïve counterparts. Thus, we will be able to open new avenues to improve their responses in vaccination and inhibit them in autoimmune diseases.

Dr Charles Masembe

Research Fellow (Makarere University, Department of Zoology)

Research interests: Dr Charles Masembe, a veterinarian, molecular epidemiologist and Associate Professor at the College of Natural Sciences, Makerere University in Uganda is collaborating with colleagues at the CVR to study the transmission dynamics of Africa swine fever virus (ASFV) in Uganda. Charles is a Wellcome Trust Fellow in Public Health and Tropical Medicine.

Dr Louise Matthews

Senior Research Fellow (Institute of Biodiversity Animal Health and Comparative Medicine)

Research interests: Mathematical modelling of the epidemiology and control of livestock and zoonotic disease. The ecology of antimicrobial resistance. Game theory applied to farmer behaviour and evolution of host immunity. Mathematics and application of diversity measures across the life sciences.

Professor Lubna Nasir

Professor of Comparative Oncoclogy (Veterinary Science and Education)

Research interests: The molecular mechanisms that promote immortalisation and transformation of animal cells as well as the identification of novel targets for therapeutic cancer intervention; role of Bovine Papillomaviruses (BPV) types 1 and 2 in the pathogenesis of equine sarcoid skin tumours.

Prof Jose Penades

Professor of Microbiology (Institute of Infection Immunity and Inflammation)

Associate - Life Sciences (School of Life Sciences)

Associate Academic (Biochemistry & Cell Biology)

Research interests: Staphylococcus aureus, microbial pathogenesis, pathogenicity islands, SaPIs, PICIs, bacteriophages, SOS response, horizontal gene transfer, dUTPase, signalling, viral replication, dUTP.

Dr Richard Reeve

Research Fellow (Institute of Biodiversity Animal Health and Comparative Medicine)

Research interests: Developing the connections between different fields that use measures of diversity, from the level of the transcript to the ecosystem; use of mathematical, computational and statistical tools on underexploited biological datasets, particularly those of pathogens and vaccines. 

Dr Esther Schnettler

Research Fellow (Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine)

Research interests: Presently, research in my group focuses mainly on mosquito-borne (arbo)viruses (such as Zika virus, chikungunya virus and dengue virus) and the role of poorly characterized small RNA pathways (such as the piRNA pathway) in the antiviral response in mosquitoes. The aim is to determine the influence of these pathways on successful arbovirus transmission from the mosquito vector to a mammalian host (vector competence).

Dr Laura Spagnolo

Reader (Institute of Molecular Cell and Systems Biology)

Research interests: My research focuses on mechanisms of genome editing and engineering. We study macromolecular complexes involved in CRISPR-Cas interference, RNA metabolism and DNA damage repair with an integrative structural biology approach.

Dr Christopher Syme

Honorary Research Fellow (Institute of Infection Immunity and Inflammation)

Research interests: The focus of my current research is high resolution structural studies of Zika virus and virus-antibody interactions using electron cryo-microscopy (cryo-EM). I also specialise in the development of techniques based on Raman spectroscopy, such as label-free CARS imaging and SERS.