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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16 February 2018

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15 February 2018

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23 March 2018

Primer in Genomic Medicine

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6 July 2018

Primer in Genomic Medicine

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9 November 2018

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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
Christine E. JonesAssociate Professor in Paediatric Infectious Diseases and Immunology
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
Ruth PickeringProfessor of Medical Statistics
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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