Division of Infection and Immunity


About us

At the UCL Department of Infection we conduct cutting-edge science, attracting researchers of the highest calibre.

Head of department: Professor Robert Heyderman

The Research Department of Infection within the Division of Infection and Immunity is one of the most successful in the University. The Department hosts the only UCL Wellcome Trust Major Overseas Programme, the Africa Health Research Institute (AHRI), and is also closely allied with the UCL Institute for Immunity and Transplantation (IIT) at the Royal Free Hospital. Teaching in the department is research-led and routinely receives outstanding student feedback. Our teachers regularly win Top Teacher awards and we have an impressive record of placing graduates on to PhD programmes.

Together with the IIT we have developed a new BSc with innovative modules that reflect our research strengths, to which all PIs are actively contributing.

The overarching aim of the Research Department of Infection is to become the leading centre both nationally and internationally for research and teaching in our two areas of existing excellence:

  • Host-pathogen research, focussing mainly on HIV, TB and herpesviruses
  • Computing and evolution in infection and immunity.

We plan to develop innovative new programmes of research and teaching with AHRI and its partner organisations, notably UKZN medical school, thereby consolidating our position as the natural home for AHRI, particularly as our strengths already map directly to those of AHRI, which focuses on HIV, TB and systems biology of infection and immunology. This will presage myriad opportunities for collaborative research and teaching. We are well placed to achieve this ambition and our objectives for the next five years have been set accordingly.