Dr Stephen Cose PhD

Assistant Professor in Immunology


Obtained PhD in Melbourne, Australia, studying the T cell response to HSV infection in mice. In 2005, following several postdocotoral studies in the UK and USA on T cell memory and migration, I took a lectureship at the University of Bristol where I continued my research on T and B cell migration. In 2009 I took a post as Lecturer in Immunology at the LSHTM, permanently seconded to Uganda. I now live in Entebbe, Uganda and am a Senior Immunologist at the MRC Unit here, and also have an Honorary Senior Lectureship at the Makerere University College of Health Sciences.




I help teach on the ID213 Infectious Diseases DL module, and also help teach on the East African Diploma in Tropical Medicine & Hygiene Short Course.  I also deliver lectures in Immunology at Makerere University and Mulago Hospital in Kampala, Uganda.

In addition, I run two Short Courses in Immunology in Uganda.  These are both two week courses, one held in March and one in September every year.  The focus of these courses is on the Immunology of Tropical Diseases relevant to Sub-Saharan Africa.  Please see our website (http://www.muii.org.ug) for more details.


My research interests are in the Immunology of TB infection.  I have several TB projects looking at the role of B cells in TB infection.  We have an MRC funded study to look at whether maternal latent TB infection affects the infant response to BCG in Uganda, a setting where BCG has poor efficacy.  I also have a Wellcome Trust funded PhD Fellow conducting a clinical trial on the non-specific effects of BCG vaccination in infants.

In addition to these research activities, I am also involved in an EU collaboration called The Schistovac, which aims to find a vaccine candidate for Schistosomiasis.

Research areas

  • Bacteria
  • Helminths
  • Immunisation
  • Neonatal health
  • T-cell immunology


  • Immunology
  • Immunopathology

Disease and Health Conditions

  • Infectious disease
  • Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs)
  • Respiratory disease
  • Schistosomiasis
  • Tropical diseases
  • Tuberculosis


  • Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)


  • Uganda
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