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The University of Southampton

Our research covers a very wide base, from basic cellular science, investigating disease mechanisms, to large population cohort studies and epidemiology. It is organised around the groups listed below and is underpinned by the three cross-cutting themes of Immunology; Epidemiology; and Genomics, Epigenetics and Bioinformatics.

Cancer Sciences Research Group

A key strength of the Cancer Sciences Group is the interdisciplinary nature of the work that is undertaken ranging from basic cellular and molecular immunology right through to the epidemiology of service provision.  Major strengths include cancer immunology and immunotherapy, surgery, and the genetics and cell biology of lymphoma.

Respiratory and Allergy Research Group

The Respiratory and Allergy Group operates at the clinical interface to dissect mechanisms of respiratory diseases, define biomarkers of disease severity and translate these findings into novel therapies. Major strengths include asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and interstitial lung disease.

Clinical Neuroscience Research Group

Research in the Clinical Neuroscience research group includes the study of clinical and environmental factors that impair brain development and impact on long-term neurological and neurodevelopmental function; and the impact of infection on neurodegeneration and cognitive decline including dementia.

Infection and Immunity Research Group

The over-arching aim of the Infection and Immunity Research Group is to develop new diagnostic tools, treatments and prevention strategies for infectious diseases, with emphasis on rapidly lethal and chronic infections by investigating disease mechanisms from the molecular level through to human challenge studies.

Human Development and Physiology Research Group

By combining the world-leading research of the MRC Lifecourse Epidemiology University Unit with the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease Centre we are developing successful lifestyle interventions – based on our understanding of the importance of early-life interventions for the prevention of adult-onset diseases like osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

Primary Care Research Group

Population Health constitutes one of the major global challenges. It includes improving health and ensuring a more equitable distribution of health and wellbeing within and between countries.

Population Health Sciences Group

Population Health constitutes one of the major global challenges. It includes improving health and ensuring a more equitable distribution of health and well being within and between countries.

Epidemiology Research


The University has a strong tradition of epidemiological research, much of it conducted within the MRC epidemiology unit.

Immunology Research


Immunology, brings together researchers with shared interests in mechanisms within the three broad areas of barrier immunity, innate immunity and adaptive immunity and immunotherapy.

Genomics Research

Genomics, Epigenetics and Bioinformatics

Southampton has a strong track record in human genetics and medical genomics and there is a broad research program from genetic medicine and the study of single gene disorders.

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