Research Groups

There are currently over 30 research groups at the Dunn School, with leaders drawn from across the world. Their diverse interests, backgrounds and expertise creates a dynamic and stimulating environment. Many groups share common research interests which fosters the vibrant scientific community found at the Dunn School.

Ervin Fodor

Influenza virus replication at the molecular level

Influenza viruses are important human and animal pathogens. They cause widespread clinical and veterinary disease and have a considerable economic impact. Our laboratory focuses on the fundamental molecular mechanisms of influenza virus replication, aiming to understand the molecular determinants of host range and...

Matthew Freeman

Cell biology of intercellular signalling

The main questions we study are what cellular mechanisms regulate signalling between animal cells, and how does that signalling control biological functions like physiology, development and pathology?

Eva Gluenz

Molecular cell biology of Leishmania

We study single-celled parasites called Leishmania, which cause disease in humans and animals in over 88 countries around the world. Leishmaniasis is a neglected disease, associated with poverty and conflict. There is currently no vaccine and an urgent need for better drug treatments.

Leishmania are...

David Greaves

Regulation of inflammatory responses in vivo

Inflammation is the response of vascularised tissues to injury, metabolic disturbance and infection. Acute inflammation typically lasts only a few days while chronic inflammation can last for months or years, and is a defining feature of many important human diseases including rheumatoid arthritis and coronary heart disease...

Natalia Gromak

Molecular mechanisms of neurodegenerative diseases

Our research focuses on understanding the mechanisms governing gene regulation in humans in health and disease conditions. We are investigating the molecular basis of neurodegenerative diseases arising from dysregulation of RNA transcription and processing. We study Friedreich ataxia (FRDA) and Fragile X syndrome (FXS...

Ulrike Gruneberg

Regulation of mitotic progression and chromosome segregation

Cell division is the fundamental basis for growth and development of an organism. Millions of cell divisions have to occur before an organism reaches its final size. Throughout the life span of an organism, blood, skin and intestinal cells have to be constantly replaced by further cell division. High fidelity...

Monika Gullerova

RNA dependent DNA damage response

Genetic information stored in DNA is continuously exposed to endogenous or exogenous damaging factors. Efficient DNA damage repair is a fundamental process for every living organism. The accumulation of DNA damage affects cellular viability and leads to a variety of diseases, particularly cancer. 

Bass Hassan

Structure and function of genes that regulate tumour phenotypes

Multiple cellular pathways are deregulated in tumours, some of which alter growth and the propensity for tumour cells to invade and spread to other sites. Our group focuses on two imprinted genes frequently disrupted in cancer, IGF2 ligand and IGF2 receptor (IGF2R). We have studied the structural basis of...

William James

Macrophage modulation during viral infection and neuroinflammation

Tissue macrophages, including the microglia in the brain, act as critical sentinels to defend us against infection. Consequently, pathogens such as HIV have developed ways of circumventing the defensive functions of macrophages in order to establish chronic infection. Moreover, their persistence in...

Susan Lea

Host-pathogen interactions

An understanding of the way in which an invading pathogen interacts with its host at a molecular level is an essential aid to understanding the nature and extent of disease caused. My group aims to use a variety of techniques to probe the interactions that characterise different disease processes. Central to this approach is the use of X-ray...