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Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases

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

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’s vision is to deliver outstanding contributions to reduce the evolving disease burden related to infections and global health inequity. The range of disciplines represented is broad, including all laboratory-based work at LSHTM, and encompassing a truly 'bench to boardroom' portfolio with research approaches from fundamental biology through clinical research to impact on policy and practice.

The Faculty’s main research approaches include:

  • interdisciplinary study of pathogens, their interaction with hosts and vectors and the diseases that they cause;
  • discovery, development and evaluation of methods, tools and interventions for diagnosis, prevention, treatment and control of disease burden related to infections and global health inequity;
  • operational research and implementation science to inform policy and practice.

The Faculty has around 300 academic staff, 160 support staff and 135 research degree students. Its 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, schistosomiasis and trypanosomiasis; and the prevention of blindness.

The Faculty is positioned at the interface between laboratory science, clinical medicine and population health, and has close links with colleagues and collaborators in more than 100 countries. This ensures that research is focussed on problems of major public health importance and that results can be rapidly translated into policy and programmatic practice. It has major strengths in the genome sciences, and exploits this expertise to better understand drug-resistance, disease transmission and pathogenic mechanisms. The Faculty contributes to LSHTM centres which bring together staff and students across LSHTM with interests in specific topics. Among our staff are the directors and/or co-directors of the LSHTM Centres for Antimicrobial Resistance, Malaria, TB and Vaccines.

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.