Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases

Dean of Faculty
Faculty Operating Officer
Administrative Assistant
Research Degrees Director
Research Degrees Director
Taught Course Director
Research Degrees Administrator

Tel: +44 (0)20 7927 2637 Fax: +44 (0)20 7927 2739

The Faculty includes all the laboratory-based researchers at the School, and many clinicians working in the field of infectious diseases. We work to:

  • understand the biology of pathogens, their interactions with their hosts, and the diseases that they cause
  • discover and develop - through to proof of concept - tools for treatment, prevention and control of infectious disease
  • design and implement interventions for treatment, prevention and control
  • deploy and evaluate interventions to inform policy and practice

The Faculty has around 270 academic staff and 150 research students. Our main research interests are broadly defined as vector-borne diseases, especially malaria; respiratory diseases including tuberculosis and bacterial pneumonia; enteric infections; HIV and other sexually transmitted infections; neglected tropical diseases including trachoma, leishmaniasis and trypanosomiasis; and the prevention of blindness and disability.

Our position at the interface between laboratory science, clinical medicine and population health, and our close links with colleagues and collaborators in more than 100 countries, ensure that our research is focussed on problems of major public health importance and that the results of our research can be rapidly translated into policy and practice.

The Faculty runs a number of specialised medical and laboratory-based MSc programmes, as well as a popular distance learning programmes and a rnage of shourt courses and CPD.

We have major strengths in the genome sciences, and we exploit this expertise to better understand drug-resistance, disease transmission and pathogenic mechanisms. The Faculty provides a framework which promotes biomedical and technology advances and translates that knowledge to develop new drugs, vaccines, diagnostic reagents and disease control strategies.

These innovations are widely disseminated through our global network. Partner institutions in disease endemic countries are key collaborators in this research. In the UK, we have strong links with the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and UCL. 

The Faculty is fully committed to the Athena SWAN Charter and holds a bronze award.

Facilities & units

Genome Resource Facility

The Genome Resource Facility has been created as a result of increasing technological developments within the field of genomics and in particular sequencing. Sequencing the genomes of a number of pathogenic microorganisms have allowed staff here at the LSHTM to carry out ground breaking sequencing and microarray research within this field.

Wolfson Cell Biology Facility

Wolfson Cell Biology Facility aim at enhancing the research work of staff at the School by providing training and access to state-of-the-art equipment for the pursuit of excellence within laboratory-based research. These facilities are open to both staff and students of the School and external users.

Teaching and Diagnostic Unit

The Teaching and Diagnostic Unit (TDU) offers a referral service for the identification of parasites from human and primate clinical specimens, and provides teaching and practical training in Diagnostic Parasitology.

In addition to the diagnostic work, the TDU is responsible for the provision of parasitology, microbiology and entomology practical classes for the Faculty’s Masters and short courses.

Diagnostic Services

The TDU is comprised of the Public Health England Malaria Reference Laboratory and the School's Diagnostic Parasitology Laboratory. The Laboratories are accredited under the UK Clinical Pathology Accreditation (CPA) scheme and provide both a reference and a primary diagnostic service to hospitals, private laboratories and clinics in the UK and overseas.

The DPL additionally offers a diagnostic service for zoos and primate sanctuaries. 

Both diagnostic laboratories perform a wide range of tests ranging from morphological diagnosis by microscopy to molecular diagnosis.

(Please note we are unable to give clinical advice or accept specimens directly from members of the public)

Malaria Reference Laboratory (MRL) (
The MRL performs approximately 1500 confirmations and diagnoses annually using microscopical and molecular diagnostic methods and, in addition, carries out molecular identification and drug resistance surveillance on blood samples submitted for malaria diagnosis.

Diagnostic Parasitology Laboratory (DPL) (
The DPL performs approximately 2000 diagnoses on a wide range of specimens and parasites annually.  Alongside the routine diagnosis of faecal, blood and tissue parasites, the DPL provides a reference service for the isolation and identification of free-living amoebic infections in humans which includes the diagnosis of Acanthamoeba keratitis.

Staff are involved in research and developmental work on new and improved diagnostic methods.

Entomology Reference
The Entomology Reference Service performs approximately 150 identifications of medically important insects, ticks and mites annually. We also provide information on the diseases associated with each specimen and other impacts on human health.

Teaching & training

The TDU is responsible for the provision of parasitology, microbiology and entomology practical classes for the Faculty’s Masters and Diploma courses including both the London based and East Africa based Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene and the Diploma in Tropical Nursing.

The Unit runs two successful diagnostic short courses each year. The Laboratory Diagnosis of Parasites and Laboratory Diagnosis of Malaria courses attract clinical and biomedical staff from both UK and overseas pathology laboratories.

Senior staff are involved in the Distance Learning program and give lectures in areas of expertise to hospital pathology laboratories and at national and international meetings as well as to in-house students.

Staff in the TDU also give advice and training on a one to one basis to biomedical scientists, clinical scientists and clinical staff and to LSHTM research staff and MSc students undertaking research projects.

Key contacts

Claire Rogers, Head of Teaching and Diagnostic Unit, Principal Biomedical Scientist
020 7927 2318

Julie Tucker, Lead BMS (main laboratory)
020 7927 2318

Debbie Nolder, Lead BMS (molecular laboratory)
020 7927 2343

Dawn Britten, Quality Manager
020 7927 2343

Cheryl Whitehorn, Medical Entomologist
020 7927 2344