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 pathogens and their vectors, and how infectious diseases are transmitted.

Examples include:

  • infectious diseases of humans and animals
  • cellular and molecular studies of pathogens and their vectors, including host-pathogen interactions
  • mechanisms and emergence of drug-resistant infection
  • population and evolution studies of infectious agents and their hosts
  • environmental factors influencing infection, including disease ecology
  • studies of microbial populations, 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

Professor William Duprex

University of Pittsburgh, USA

Dr Robert Fagan

University of Sheffield

Dr Luisa Figueiredo

University of Lisbon, Portugal

Dr Leo James

MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology

Professor Ruth Massey

University of Bristol

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

Dr Rachel Simmonds

University of Surrey

Dr Sophie Yacoub

Oxford University Clinical Research Unit, Vietnam


Sydney Ambrose

Funding Manager

Wellcome Trust