… to the home of infectious disease research at the University of Lincoln! Based at the Joseph Banks Laboratories, School of Life Sciences, we are interested in a range of infectious diseases of clinical and economic importance to humans and animals. Our research programme is multidisciplinary, and includes clinical global health research with our international partners,  along with genomics and molecular epidemiology, and also wet-lab research into pathogen-pathogen interactions. Unlike many infectious disease research groups, we are not restricted to an individual pathogen, and have core expertise in both virology (betaherpesvirus infections, viral haemorrhagic fevers, and emerging infectious diseases) and bacteriology (Tuberculosis, pneumonia, sepsis & meningitis). This diverse range of collaborative research interests, combining laboratory and computer-based research, with clinical trials and epidemiological studies, allows us to target a broad range of funding streams, and is also central to our ethos of providing diverse and enriching research training opportunities for our students, equipping them with a range of knowledge and skills, tailored to their interests and current employment and PhD opportunities.



MSC Student Projects V2.0

We provide research training in infectious diseases for post-graduate MSc Microbiology students at the University of Lincoln, providing a range of research and skills-development opportunities. Projects typically combine work in two of our three realms of operation: The lab, the computer and the clinic, including field work with our global health implementing partners in Zambia (www.herpez.org). MSc students are encouraged to focus on their career development plan from day 1, to ensure they receive value for money and leave with the skills and experience required to fulfil their career ambitions.


Latest Publications

  1. Walzl G, McNerney R, du Plessis N, Bates M, McHugh TD, Chegou NN, Zumla A. Tuberculosis: advances and challenges in development of new diagnostics and biomarkers. Lancet Infect Dis. 2018 Mar 23.
  2. Tiberi S, Petersen E, Maeurer M, Ntoumi F, Yeboa-Manu D, Mwaba P, Vilaplana C, Dar O, Bates M, Corrah T, Rao M, Kapata N, Azhar EI, Memish ZA, Mfinanga S, Aseffa A, Ippolito G, Migliori GB, Zumla A. Taking forward the Stop TB Partnership and World Health Organization Joint Theme for World TB Day March 24th 2018 – “Wanted: Leaders for a TB-Free World. You can make history. End TB”. Int J Infect Dis. 2018 Mar 22.
  3. Tembo J, Moraleda C, Rojo P, Zumla A, Bates M. Urgent need for multi-site controlled trials for CMV pneumonia treatment in African children. Int J Tuberc Lung Dis. 2018 Apr 1;22(4):469-470.
  4. Malisheni M, Khaiboullina SF, Rizvanov AA, Takah N, Murewanhema G, Bates M. Clinical Efficacy, Safety, and Immunogenicity of a Live Attenuated Tetravalent Dengue Vaccine (CYD-TDV) in Children: A Systematic Review with Meta-analysis. Front Immunol. 2017 Aug 4;8:863.
  5. Kapata N, Grobusch MP, Chongwe G, Chanda-Kapata P, Ngosa W, Tembo M, Musonda S, Katemangwe P, Bates M, Mwaba P, Zumla A, Cobelens F. Outcomes of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis in Zambia: a cohort analysis. Infection. 2017 Aug 4. doi: 10.1007/s15010-017-1054-8. [Epub ahead of print]
  6. Zumla A, Ippolito G, McCloskey B, Bates M, Ansumana R, Heymann D, Kock R, Ntoumi F. Enhancing preparedness for tackling new epidemic threats. Lancet Respir Med. 2017 Aug;5(8):606-608. doi: 10.1016/S2213-2600(17)30189-3. Epub 2017 May 18. No abstract available.
  7. Linguissi LS, Gwom LC, Nkenfou CN, Bates M, Petersen E, Zumla A, Ntoumi F. Health systems in the Republic of Congo: challenges and opportunities for implementing tuberculosis and HIV collaborative service, research, and training activities. Int J Infect Dis. 2017 Mar;56:62-67. doi: 10.1016/j.ijid.2016.10.012. Epub 2016 Oct 27.
  8. Polepole P, Kabwe M, Kasonde M, Tembo J, Shibemba A, O’Grady J, Kapata N, Zumla A, Bates M. Performance of the Xpert MTB/RIF assay in the diagnosis of tuberculosis in formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded tissues. Int J Mycobacteriol. 2017 Jan-Mar;6(1):87-93. doi: 10.4103/2212-5531.201892.
  9. Girardi E, Sañé Schepisi M, Goletti D, Bates M, Mwaba P, Yeboah-Manu D, Ntoumi F, Palmieri F, Maeurer M, Zumla A, Ippolito G. The global dynamics of diabetes and tuberculosis: the impact of migration and policy implications. Int J Infect Dis. 2017 Mar;56:45-53. doi: 10.1016/j.ijid.2017.01.018. Epub 2017 Jan 30. Review.

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