Professor Hazel Dockrell
of Immunology, Special Advisor on Overseas Partnerships in Africa
I joined the LSHTM in 1985, following a BA degree in Microbiology at Trinity College Dublin, a PhD in autoimmunity at the Royal Dental Hospital of London post-doctoral reseaech at the Middlesex Hospital Medical School working on the immunology of malari. At LSHTM , I initially worked on the immunology of leprosy but then on tuberculosis, BCG vaccination and biomarkers.
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. More recently we have also been working on immune responses in people with chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS).