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.

Professor Jay Hinton (Chair)

University of Liverpool

Dr Pip Beard

Pirbright Institute

Professor Michael Brockhurst

University of Manchester

Dr Luisa Figueiredo

University of Lisbon, Portugal

Professor Ruth Massey

University of Bristol

Professor Richard McCulloch

University of Glasgow

Professor Alan McNally

University of Birmingham

Professor Julian Naglik

King's College London

Professor Thumbi Ndung'u

Africa Health Research Institute, South Africa

Dr Fredros Okumu

Ifakara Health Institute, Tanzania

Professor Jetsumon Prachumsri

Mahidol University

Professor Helen Price

Keele University

Professor Samuel Sheppard

University of Oxford

Professor Richard Stanton

Cardiff University

Dr Theresa Thurston

Imperial College London

Dr Sophie Yacoub

Oxford University Clinical Research Unit, Vietnam


Rosie Brooks

Funding Manager

Wellcome Trust