PhD Infectious Diseases - Immunology

Infectious Diseases in Immunology & Infection Research

The research in this area encompasses a number of overlapping themes:
  • Fundamental Immunology: research centres around how B and T lymphocytes interact and develop in response to antigen challenge, how responses are initiated by dendritic cells and dampened by regulatory cells;
  • Immune Regulation of Disease: projects aim to design immunological interventions to ameliorate pathology or to enhance host immunity, in conjunction with new vaccines against parasites and therapies for autoimmunity;
  • Molecular Biology & Genetics of Parasites: laboratories focus on antigens and drug resistance in malaria parasites, the cell and molecular biology of trypanosomes and Leishmania parasites, and proteomics and transcriptomics of helminth worm parasites;
  • Molecular Microbiology: the cell biology and post-genomic functional analysis of intracellular bacterial pathogens including Listeria and Helicobacter;
  • Host-Pathogen Population Biology: integrating conventional immunology, pathogen research and systems-level quantitative biology, using mathematical approaches in both experimental models and the epidemiology of human and animal infections.
Information about how to apply for a studentship is available here.  Potential candidates are strongly advised to contact possible supervisors before applying.
New information about PhD studentships offered in the 2016/17 session is available on the School of Biological Sciences website
  • Mairead Rae
  • Postgraduate Programme Administrator for the Institutes of Evolutionary Biology and Immunology and Infection Research
  • Tel: +44 (0)131 650 5455
  • Address: 
    • School of Biological Sciences
      Mary Brück Building
      Colin MacLaurin Road
      King’s Buildings
      EH9 3DW

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