Pathogen Biology and Disease Transmission Discovery Advisory Group

This advisory group shortlists candidates for Wellcome Career Development Awards and Wellcome Discovery Awards.

Its remit covers applications that aim to improve our understanding of the biology of human pathogens and their vectors, and how infectious diseases are transmitted. 

Examples include:

  • infectious diseases of humans
  • cellular and molecular studies of human pathogens and their vectors, including antigen discovery and host-pathogen interactions
  • mechanisms and emergence of drug-resistant infection relevant to humans
  • population and evolution studies of infectious agents and their hosts
  • environmental factors influencing infection, including disease ecology
  • studies of microbial populations relevant to human health, including the microbiome. 


Members are listed below. Additional experts will join the panel as necessary.

Dr Miren Iturriza-Gomara (Chair)


Dr Pip Beard

Pirbright Institute

Dr Tihana Bicanic

St George's, University of London

Professor Michael Brockhurst

University of Manchester

Dr Michelle Buckner

University of Birmingham

Dr Luisa Figueiredo

University of Lisbon, Portugal

Professor Lesley Hoyles

Nottingham Trent University

Professor Richard McCulloch

University of Glasgow

Professor Thumbi Ndung'u

Africa Health Research Institute, South Africa

Dr Fredros Okumu

Ifakara Health Institute, Tanzania

Dr Duy Thanh Pham

Oxford University Clinical Research Unit, Vietnam

Professor Jetsumon Prachumsri

Mahidol University, Thailand

Professor Helen Price

Keele University

Professor Samuel Sheppard

University of Oxford

Professor Tom Solomon

University of Liverpool

Professor Richard Stanton

Cardiff University

Dr Theresa Thurston

Imperial College London


Rosie Brooks

Funding Manager

Wellcome Trust