The Centre for Immunobiology consists of twenty research-active groups with around eighty scientists dedicated to top-quality research and education in immunology, with particular focus on acute and chronic inflammatory disease, lymphocyte development, and the mucosal immune system.

Our research teams are dedicated to both investigating the major mechanisms by which the immune system functions, and ultimately in easing the burden of major immune-related public health issues, including:

  • The continuing prominence of bacteria and viruses as causes of serious disease and death, despite advances in antimicrobial therapy and vaccines.
  • An ever-increasing burden of inflammatory illnesses, in which the immune system often becomes the cause of disease.
  • The effects of gastrointestinal and liver disease.



Postgraduate taught programmes

Our MSc in Clinical Microbiology has contributed to the training of specialist registrars, clinical scientists and biomedical scientists over many years. In 2011 we were one of only two Universities in England to be accredited to run an MSc in Clinical Science (Infection Sciences) developed in conjunction with NHS Modernising Scientific Careers as part of the new Scientist Training Programme.

The PGDip Distance Learning/MSc in Gastroenterology is designed as a curriculum in gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition for new entrants into these fields, and as an update and extension for doctors already in the field.

It is aimed at clinicians wishing to gain strong knowledge of the sciences underpinning the clinical diseases and their management.

The programme includes the ‘taught programme’ from October until April and research projects from April until submission in August. Those undertaking the PG Diploma Distance Learning will complete only the taught programme.

Postgraduate research

Our research students undertake exciting projects in diverse areas and also benefit from excellent training and support programmes within the Blizard Institute and more widely in the College. Funded studentships are awarded competitively and are always advertised on the College website and at

High calibre students with independent funding who wish to undertake research in one of our major research areas may contact potential supervisors direct (please note that we receive many requests for placements and it may not always be possible to respond individually).

Undergraduate teaching

We run an intercalated BSc in Infectious Disease & Epidemiology with modules on bacteria, viruses, the immune system and clinical diagnostics, and our staff contribute extensively to delivering the medical curriculum. We also teach microbiology and immunology to Biological and Chemical Sciences undergraduates.


Centre Lead:

Professor Dan Pennington, Professor of Molecular Immunology

Centre Manager:

Mrs Nici Kingston, 020 7882 7191

Centre Administrators:

Abdul Monaf, 020 7882 7278, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Ezinne Chukuka, 020 7882 2310, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Centre for Immunobiology
Blizard Institute
Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry
4 Newark Street
London E1 2AT