Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases

Dean of Faculty
Faculty Operating Officer
Assistant to Faculty Operating Officer
Research Degrees Manager
Research Degrees Director
Taught Programme Director
Executive Officer

Tel: +44 (0)20 7927 2912* 
*This is a contact for Faculty administrative staff. If you think you may have contracted a disease and want to speak to a clinician, please contact the Hospital for Tropical Diseases.

The Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases (ITD) 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  523 academic staff, 97 based outside of the UK, and 190 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 range of short 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 and 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

The WCBF has been established to enhance the quality of research from staff at the School by providing access to, and specialised training for a range of equipment in pursuit of excellence within laboratory-based research.  The equipment within this facility are open access to both staff and students of the School as well as external scientists.

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.