The University of Southampton

Academic Unit: Clinical and Experimental Sciences Academic Units

The creation of better treatments and diagnostics for our patients - from the very young to the very old - is what drives our researchers in Medicine. The resulting new treatments and diagnostic tools that emerge from our research, combined with our influence over policy and practice, are helping to improve the health outcomes for many.

Academic Unit Overview

Inflammation up close
Inflammation up close

Our research spans numerous clinical areas, including major human infectious diseases and diseases that affect the central nervous system, eyes, GI tract, joints, liver, lungs, skin and urogenital tract.  We focus on important common chronic inflammatory conditions such as age related macular degeneration (AMD), allergy, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), Crohn's disease,  psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, psychiatric illness including affective disorders, alcohol dependence, psychosis, and neurodegenerative ageing conditions such as Alzheimer's disease and glaucoma.

Key strengths

Our key strengths include our ability to exploit cross-cutting themes and to study disease mechanisms from the molecular level to the whole patient. We conduct clinical trials, with both commercial and non-commercial partners, where insights from basic science in the laboratory are now underpinning novel treatments, gene therapies and stem cell research.

We value cross-disciplinary and industrial collaborations that promote ‘joined-up thinking' to support and accelerate our research progress, through access to novel expertise and technologies.

For example, collaboration with  Electronics and Computer Sciences within the University is enabling development of point-of-care-devices for blood cell analysis and silicon nanowires for detection of markers of viral infection, while links with Chemistry are leading to development of new ultra rapid ‘point of care' diagnostics for Chlamydia and generation of polymer scaffolds for ocular cell transplantation. 

Research partnerships

Our researchers work in partnership with University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust (eg. through our NIHR-funded Respiratory Biomedical Research Centre and play leading roles in national and international consortia such as the MRC/ABPI COPD initiative and the joint EU/EFPIA Innovative Medicines Initiative (UBIOPRED) to maximize our research opportunities.

Our diverse group of researchers works with government to help shape Health Policy. Examples of this range from providing expert opinion to the National Institute of Clinical Excellence and the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation to various Health Select Committees.


The Clinical and Experimental Sciences Academic Unit is made of four divisions, each with their own specific research and educational aims.

Infection and Immunology

Allergy and Respiratory

Clinical Neurosciences

Integrative Physiology

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  • Staff

    Staff MemberPrimary Position
    Michael Ardern-JonesAssociate Professor
    Syed Hasan ArshadProfessor of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
    David BaldwinProfessor of Psychiatry
    Magdalena Kamila BieleckaResearch Fellow
    Delphine BocheProfessor of Neuroimmunopathology
    Simon BourneHonorary Clinical Teacher
    Kim BullSenior Research Fellow
    Roxana O CarareProfessor of Clinical Neuroanatomy
    Myron Christodoulides Professor of Microbiology
    Howard ClarkProfessor of Child Health
    Ian ClarkeProfessor of Molecular Microbiology/Virology
    Stuart ClarkeAssociate Professor in Infectious Disease Epidemiology
    David ClearyPost-doctoral Research Fellow – Microbial Genomics
    Jane CollinsSenior Lecturer in Molecular Cell Biology
    Angela CreeSenior Research Manager Vision Sciences
    Donna DaviesProfessor of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology,
    Charles DeakinHonorary Professor of Resuscitation and PreHospital Emergency Medicine
    Ratko DjukanovicProfessor of Medicine
    Peter F. Dutey-MagniResearch Fellow
    Paul ElkingtonProfessor of Respiratory Medicine
    Saul FaustProfessor of Paediatric Immunology and Infectious Diseases
    Martin FeelischProfessor of Experimental Medicine and Integrative Biology
    Ian GaleaAssociate Professor in Experimental Neurology
    Spiros D GarbisAssociate Professor
    Kate GrimshawResearch fellow
    Mike GrocottProfessor of Anaesthesia and Critical Care Medicine
    Hans Michael HaitchiAssociate Professor in Respiratory Medicine & Clinician Scientist
    Michael HeadSenior Research Fellow
    Eugene HealyProfessor of Dermatology/Honorary Consultant Dermatologist, Director Clinical Academic Training
    John HeckelsEmeritus Professor
    Alison HillPostdoctoral researcher in corneal infection
    Catherine M HillSenior Lecturer in Child Health
    Timothy HinksAssociate Professor
    Stephen HolgateMedical Research Council Clinical Professor of Immunopharmacology and Honorary Consultant Physician
    Veronica HollisTeaching Fellow
    Judith HollowayAssociate Professor
    Clive HolmesProfessor of Biological Psychiatry
    Parwez HossainAssociate Professor in Ophthalmology
    Ruihua HouAssociate Professor in Psychiatry
    Peter HowarthProfessor of Allergy and Respiratory Medicine and Honorary Consultant Physician
    Colin KennedyProfessor in Neurology and Paediatrics
    Salim KhakooProfessor of Hepatology
    David KingdonProfessor of Mental Health Care Delivery
    Peter LackieNon-Clinical Lecturer
    Andrew LoteryProfessor of Ophthalmology
    Matthew LoxhamBBSRC Future Leader Fellow
    Jane LucasProfessor of Paediatric Respiratory Medicine
    Jens MadsenAssociate Professor in Child Health
    Salah MansourSenior Research Fellow
    Christopher McCormickAssociate Professor of Molecular Virology
    Timothy MillarLecturer in Pharmacology
    Alex MirnezamiProfessor of Surgical Oncology
    Tracey NewmanAssociate Professor in Clinical Neurosciences
    James NicollProfessor of Neuropathology
    Sylvia L.F. PenderAssociate Professor in Mucosal Immunology,
    Robert PevelerProfessor of Liaison Psychiatry
    Marta Ewa PolakWellcome Trust Research Fellow
    Tony PostleProfessor in Developmental Biochemistry
    Caspian PriestResearch Assistant
    Ashley PringleSenior Lecturer
    J Arjuna RatnayakaLecturer in Vision Sciences
    Robert Charles ReadHead of Academic Unit - Clinical and Experimental Sciences
    Luca RicheldiProfessor of Respiratory Medicine, Chair of Interstitial Lung Disease
    Graham RobertsProfessor and Honorary Consultant Paediatrician in Paediatric Allergy and Respiratory Medicine
    Rami SalibHEFCE Associate Professor in Rhinology & Honorary Consultant Otorhinolaryngologist
    Anthony SampsonAssociate Professor in Clinical Pharmacology
    Tilman Sanchez-ElsnerAssociate Professor in Biomedical Sciences
    Jay SelfAssociate Professor and Consultant Ophthalmologist
    Julia SinclairAssociate Professor in Psychiatry
    Karl StaplesLecturer in Translational Medicine, Enterprise Fellow
    Emily Jane SwindleLecturer in Pharmacology
    Marc TebrueggeNational Institute for Health Research Clinical Lecturer in Paediatric Infectious Diseases and Immunology
    Liku Bekele Tezera Research Fellow
    Jo TodNIHR Clinical Lecturer in Gastroenterology & Hepatology
    Brigitte Vollmer Associate Professor of Neonatal and Paediatric Neurology
    Andrew WallsReader in Immunopharmacology
    Jane WarnerSenior Lecturer in Pharmacology
    Tom WilkinsonReader in Respiratory Medicine
    Sandrine Willaime-MorawekLecturer in Stem Cells/Brain Repair, Enterprise fellow
    Susan WilsonAssociate Professor and Head of the Histochemistry Research Unit
    Christopher WoelkReader in Genomics and Bioinformatics
    Elina ZotovaResearch Fellow

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