Professor Hazel Dockrell
of Immunology, Special Advisor on Overseas Partnerships in Africa
I initially did a BA degree in Microbiology at Trinity College Dublin, followed by a PhD in autoimmunity at the Royal Dental Hospital of London. After a period as a postdoc at the Middlesex Hospital Medical School working on malaria, I moved to the LSHTM in 1985. Initially I was working on the immunology of leprosy but this then led me into tuberculosis, BCG vaccination and biomarkers. I now also help as Special Advisor on our Overseas Programmes in Africa.
With members of my research group, I teach and tutor on the MSc Immunology of Infectious Diseases course.
Our research aims to understand the basis of protective immunity against tuberculosis and in particular to identify biomarker signatures that would help in the development of new TB vaccines. We are also interested in how TB treatment modulates immune and gene expression signatures, and in how co-morbidity with helminth infections or diabetes impact on immunity to Mycobacterium tuberculosis.