Infections, Immunity and Microbes
We contribute to the fight against infectious diseases to bring research from bench to bedside.
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.
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.
Fundamental insights from our research will advance knowledge and deliver impacts in the clinic. Examples of work that is having an impact includes:
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
The division’s immunity-centred research addresses fundamental principles of immunobiology.
The division’s infection-centred researchers contribute to the fight against infectious diseases and antimicrobial resistance.
The members of our molecular microbiology group use microorganisms to better understand basic aspects of biology.
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- Scientists from the University of Nottingham have discovered a treatment that could potentially help to slow down the progression of neurodegenerative conditions such as Alzheimer's disease.
- The new research studies will attempt to 'decode' protein signals in MND and develop our understanding of mental capacity in MND patients. The studies will be based in Nottingham and Edinburgh.
- Scientists from the University of Nottingham have developed a new way to control harmful fungi, without the need to use chemical bioactives like fungicides or antifungals.
- How staff and students in the University's Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences are helping during the coronavirus crisis.
- Students can diversify their degree course by choosing a language module for credits. We offer 10 credit modules in Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Russian and Spanish. The levels range from Stage 1 (complete beginners) to Stage 6 (near native speaker competence). It is possible to improve existing skills or start a new language.
- How did a virgin fish become pregnant? Scientists have found the answer.
- How humans perceive colour - using snail shells as a guide.
Develop personalised and generalised integrated biomaterial risk assessment
Antimicrobial therapy can prevent sepsis in pneumonia patients.
Extraordinary predatory bacteria Bdellovibrio