Dr David Allen
BSc PhD FHEA
I studied for my BSc in Virology and Immunology at the University of Warwick, then completed my PhD working jointly at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the Health Protection Agency (now Public Health England).
Following this, I worked with the Medical Research Council, and then returned to the Health Protection Agency/Public Health England, where I was Head of the National Enteric Virus Reference Unit.
I have worked with national and international public health agencies, including the World Health Organization, with the Global Polio Laboratory Network.
I am involved in the MSc in Medical Microbiology, as Deputy Module Organiser and amd part of the Programme Committee for this MSc programme.
I am a Module Organiser, and teach on 3121 Core Virology, 3187 Clinical Virology, and 3140 Molecular Viology modules.
I am a tutor for the Infectious Diseases (Distance Learning) course module Viral Infections (DL).
I hold a Postgraduate Certificate in Learning & Teaching (PGCILT) and am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
My research interests are in human virus infections, and currently have active research projects on enteric virus infections such as norovirus, rotavirus and enterovirus, and emerging infections including SARS-CoV-2 and CCHFV.
These research programmes are focussed on the features of these viruses that drive their highly dynamic epidemiology, allowing them to emerge and persist in human populations, and understanding virus-host interactions and host responses to these viruses that influence the outcomes of infection. Additionally, my research group is interested in new approaches to diagnosis and surveillance of these viral infections.
I am a Member of the NIHR Health Protection Research Unit in Gastrointestinal Infections.
For more inforation on the team and our research, vist the Allen Laboratory webpage: www.allenlabvirology.com