Research course

Infection and Immunity

Institution
University of Liverpool · University of Liverpool
Qualifications
MPhilPhDMD

Entry requirements

Students will normally have a minimum of a 2:1 class honours degree in a relevant biological science subject, or an equivalent medical, veterinary or dental qualification. Applicants are selected on the basis of their curriculum vitae, qualifications and referees’ reports, together with their perceived ability to complete the programme successfully and on the value of the training offered to their subsequent career plans.

Months of entry

January, December, November, October, September, August, July, June, May, April, March, February

Course content

Immunology is the study of host resistance to infection. Without an immune system, humans and animals would be susceptible to overwhelming infection with bacteria, viruses, fungi or parasites. In IGH we study the immune response to infection in both humans and animals of economic importance.

Subject Overview

Research in Immunology is based in new laboratories at three sites, the Ronald Ross Building, IC2 and Leahurst. It encompasses studies of the immune responses to and vaccination against a range of bacterial, viral and parasitic pathogens including: Streptococcus pneumoniae, Mycobacterium tuberculosis, Japanese encephalitis virus,HIV,cytomegalovirus and other herpesviruses, chicken metapneumovirus, Salmonella, Treponema, Onchocerca, Fasciola, cyathostomins, Cryptosporidium, Giardia, Toxoplasma and Neospora caninum. Techniques used include: tissue and pathogen culture, cell separation, flow cytometry, proliferation assays, ELISA, antibody production, Western blotting, proteomics, PCR and transcriptomic and genomic technologies, including metagenomics, resequencing and genotyping.

The aims of the research are to investigate the nature of the cellular and humoral immune responses to pathogens of human or veterinary importance and how this knowledge may be used to design vaccines or other immunotherapeutic strategies to benefit clinical and veterinary medicine.

Available programmes for Immunology research are:

  • Infection & Immunity
  • Immunology
  • Veterinary Immunology

Qualification and course duration

MPhil

full time
12 months

PhD

full time
36 months

MD

full time
24 months

Course contact details

Name
PG Recruitment
Email
pgrecruitment@liverpool.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)151 794 5927