Infections, Immunity and Microbes
Infections, Immunity and Microbes

Infections, Immunity and Microbes


We contribute to the fight against infectious diseases to bring research from bench to bedside.

We are currently recruiting for a number of teaching and research positions. 
See the School of Life Sciences recruitment site for details.


The Division for Infections, Immunity and Microbes currently comprises 29 academics with expertise in cell biology and immunology, biochemistry and microbiology. We are dedicated to advancing knowledge and improving human health through internationally recognized microbiology and immunology research.

Our research

From fundamental science to translational projects, the breadth of our research across the fields of infection and microbiology is underpinned by our expertise and research in immunology. New ways to tackle antimicrobial resistance are a priority area. We lead the Wellcome Trust Doctoral Training Programme in Antimicrobials and Antimicrobial Resistance in collaboration with the University of Birmingham and the Nottingham hub of the National Biofilms Innovation Centre (NBIC). We are funded by the BBSRC, MRC, EPSRC, InnovateUK, Wellcome Trust, Cancer Research UK, the US Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and the European Commission.

Our impact

Fundamental insights from our research will advance knowledge and deliver impacts in the clinic. Examples of work that is having an impact includes:

Our ambition

Our researchers are passionate about what they do and about the wider impact of their work. We collaborate widely with industry and other world leading scientific institutions, support the government in policy development, are active science communicators (see our contribution to the Science Museum’s Superbugs exhibition). As university researchers we are proud to contribute to the teaching and development of the next generation of scientists. Our research is conducted in a spirit of inquisitiveness, and is propelled by intellectual rigor in a collegial and supportive environment.

Explore our research areas

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The division’s immunity-centred research addresses fundamental principles of immunobiology. 

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The division’s infection-centred researchers contribute to the fight against infectious diseases and antimicrobial resistance.

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The members of our molecular microbiology group use microorganisms to better understand basic aspects of biology.


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Mary O'Connell and colleagues receive £2 million award from Wellcome Trust

Congratulations to Prof Mary O'Connell and colleagues on their recent award from the Wellcome Trust under their special call on 'Biological vulnerability to extreme heat in maternal and child health'. This program will generate critical new knowledge on biological mechanisms affected by heat stress during early pregnancy that can alter life-course health in subsequent generations.

Innovate UK award to School of Life Sciences spin-out company

Congratulations to Prof Paul Dyer and the spin-out company Myconeos Ltd from the School of Life Sciences in their award of a major new Innovate UK grant.

UKRI Future Leaders Fellowships Round 8- SoLS Deadline 12th April

The School of Life Sciences at the University of Nottingham is currently inviting applications from talented early career researchers for the UKRI Future Leaders Fellowships scheme. The date to submit applications to the internal School sift is the 12th April.

Royal Society Newton International Fellowships

Applications from talented early career researchers for the Royal Society Newton International Fellowships scheme are are now open. The scheme provides up to £350,000 over 3 years including salary, research expenses, relocation and visa costs for the applicant and their dependents (partner and children).

Professor Paul Greenhaff gives interview on the negative effects of inactivity on muscle

Professor Paul Greenhaff discusses inactivity- the imperceived muscle stressor

Professor Clive Roberts as part of the new 3D printing research project

A new research project has been awarded over £6m to develop a toolkit to allow 3D printed medicines to be manufactured effectively bringing innovations like biological personalised pills and 'living plasters' closer to commercial production.

Designing bio-instructive materials for translation-ready medical devices

Professors Ghaemmaghami and Williams from the School of Life Sciences together with colleagues from Schools of Pharmacy, Physics and Astronomy, Computer Science, and the Faculty of Engineering have been awarded a £5.1M grant by The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) for a project entitled: Designing bio-instructive materials for translation-ready medical devices.

SoLS Staff Seasonal Celebration and Awards

The Staff Seasonal Celebration featured the Citizen of the Year awards- hearty congratulations go to this year's winners.

Professor Chapman joining the Wellcome Discovery Award Interview Panel

The School of Life Sciences would like to congratulate Vicky Chapman on being selected to join the Wellcome Discovery Award Interview Panel


Spotlight projects

Develop personalised and generalised integrated biomaterial risk assessment

Funded by the European Commission H2020 programme.


Antimicrobial therapy can prevent sepsis in pneumonia patients.

Discover how our immunologists are helping to deliver new antimicrobial therapies




Infections, Immunity and Microbes

School of Life Sciences
University of Nottingham
Medical School
Queen's Medical Centre
Nottingham NG7 2UH