About the department

The Department of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation is one of the largest in the College. It brings together basic and clinical scientists from various related disciplines including microbiology, immunology, child health, respiratory medicine, nephrology and transplant surgery.

We are over 200 member of staff and postgraduate students including 36 academic staff. The department is led by Professor Andy Wardlaw, Dr Shaun Heaphy is the deputy Head of Department. Dr Rebecca Draper is the Departmental Manager.

As a Department, we are committed to support women in science, and in 2012 we were awarded a Bronze Departmental Athena SWAN award followed by a Silver Athena SWAN award in 2016.


The Department has excellent facilities for research with well-equipped laboratories (in particular for Molecular Biology) as well as Tissue Culture Rooms, FACS and SELDI facilities, radioisotope rooms, dark rooms and Media Kitchen.

The College has a Core Biotechnology Service (CBS) which provides many services essential to the modern research biologist these include genomics and proteomics facilities, electron and confocal microscopes, Containment Level 3 Suite and electronic and mechanical workshops which can design and manufacture bespoke equipment for teaching and research. The University is committed to providing first rate computing, IT and graphics facilities and this is achieved through a combination of departmental equipment and the University Central Services.

Departmental equipment list (available to 3i staff and students only).

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