Microbial Sciences

 The roles of virulence proteins in infectious diseases due to Streptococcus pneumoniae. More... Supervisor: Professor Peter Andrew

The genes that determine of susceptibility to pneumonia. More... Supervisor: Professor Peter Andrew

Bacterial sensory perception. More...Supervisor: Dr Helen O'Hare

Characterisation of the interactions of the Streptococcus pneumoniae toxin, pneumolysin, with soluble molecules of the immune system. More... Supervisor: Professor Russell Wallis and Professor Peter Andrew

Structural characterization of initiating components of the innate immune system. More... Supervisor: Professor Russell Wallis

Identification of host receptors for bacteriophages which infect Clostridium difficile. More... Supervisor: Professor Martha Clokie and Professor Russell Wallis

The role of peptidoglycan remodelling in Listeria monocytogenes persistence. More... Supervisor: Dr Galina Mukamolova and Professor Peter Andrew

Nutritional virulence: how is the metabolism of Mycobacterium tuberculosis adapted to the pathogenic lifestyle? More... Supervisor: Dr Helen O'Hare

Investigation of Rpf-dependency phenomenon in clinical Mycobacterium tuberculosis isolates. More... Supervisor: Dr Galina Mukamolova and Dr Pranab Haldar

Regulation of protein secretion by serine/threonine protein kinases in mycobacteria. More... Supervisor: Dr Galina Mukamolova

The impact of bacteriophages on pneumococcal metabolism and virulence. More... Supervisor: Dr Hasan Yesilkaya and Professor Martha Clokie

Understanding environmental determinants of microbial virulence as a route to design anti-infectives.  More... Supervisor: Dr Hasan Yesilkaya

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Contact Details

Department of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation,
Maurice Shock Medical Sciences Building,
University Road,
Leicester, LE1 9HN, UK

General enquiries to:
Alison Brown

T:+44 (0)116 252 2951
F:+44 (0)116 252 5035

Postgraduate enquiries to: 
Susan Kapadia (PhD)

Anna Boyce (MSc)

Erasmus and Study Abroad Co-ordinator:

Professor Peter Andrew

T: +44 (0)116 252 2951

Other contact details can be found in People

Head of Department: Professor Andy Wardlaw

Deputy Head of Department: Dr Shaun Heaphy

Respiratory Team Lead: Professor David Cousins

Microbial Sciences Team Lead: TBC

Renal team Lead: Dr Jon Barratt

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Interested in applying?

If you are interested in any of these projects or require further information regarding postgraduate opportunities in the department please send an informal enquiry to Dr Caroline Beardsmore.

Please note...

You will need to secure your own funding for these projects UNLESS funding is specified.