- Study of the asthma susceptibility gene A Disintegrin and Metalloprotease 33 (ADAM33) in early life and adult asthma and other chronic lung diseases.
- Development of novel Anti-ADAM33 agents as potential disease modifying asthma therapy.
- Multiomic study of the influence of the maternal environment (e.g. allergic asthma, obesity) during pregnancy on ADAM33 and other mediators and the early origin of lung disease in the Maternal Environment in Pregnancy (MEP) cohort.
- Study of difficult-to-treat/severe asthma in the Wessex AsThma CoHort of Difficult Asthma (WATCH), a pragmatic real-life longitudinal study of difficult asthma in the clinic.
External roles and responsibilities
Having graduated with a Doctor of Medicine in 1990 Dr Haitchi trained as an Emergency Physician and General Practitioner in Austria. In 1996 he moved to South Africa where he completed his specialist training in Internal Medicine with a special interest in Pulmonary Medicine at Tygerberg Hospital, Cape Town in 2001. He also graduated with a Master in Medicine (Internal Medicine) in 2020. Coming as Clinical Research Fellow to Southampton in England in 2001 he completed his Doctor of Philosophy in Molecular Biology in 2008 and his Postgraduate Certificate in Education in 2009 and became a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA). He holds an affiliate membership of the Royal College of Physicians since 2011 and was awarded the title of ‘Privatdozent’ for Pneumology at the Private Medical University Salzburg, Austria in 2014.
Dr Haitchi held a Medical Research Council (MRC) Clinician Scientist Fellowship from 2010 to 2014 in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Southampton. This MRC fellowship took him from 2010-2011 to the USA, where he did research as a visiting scientist and scholar in Professor Whitsett's pulmonary biology lab in Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.
AAIR charity, Asthma UK, BLF, BMA, EPSRC, MRC, MRF, NC3Rs, FoM, Roger Brooke Charitable Trust, Wessex Medical Research.
- UK: Imperial College London, University of Southampton.
- EU: Paracelsus Medical University Salzburg, Ludwig Boltzmann Institute Graz, SHARP-CRC, U-BIOPRED
- USA: Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Wayne State University.
- DM, University of Graz, Austria 1990
- MMed (INT), University of Stellenbosch, South Africa 2000
- PhD, University of Southampton, UK 2008
- PGcert, University of Southampton, UK 2009
- MRCP (London), Royal College of Physicians, 2011
- PD, Priv. Doz., Paracelsus Medical University (PMU) Salzburg, Austria 2014
- Associate Professor in Respiratory Medicine & Clinician Scientist, Faculty of Medicine, University of Southampton, UK 2014-present
- Senior Lecturer in Respiratory Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Southampton, UK 2011 – 2014
- MRC Clinician Scientist, Faculty of Medicine, University of Southampton, UK 2010 – 2014
- Visiting Scientist and Scholar, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, College of Medicine, University of Cincinnati, US, 2010-2011
- Honorary Consultant Physician, Southampton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, UK, 2009-present
- Clinical Research Fellow, Division of Infection, Inflammation & Repair, School of Medicine, University of Southampton, UK, 2001-2009
- Registrar (Clinical assistant), Stellenbosch University Hospital Tygerberg, Department of Internal Medicine, Cape Town, South Africa, 1996-2001
- House and Medical Officer, Private Hospital “Barmherzige Brüder” and University Hospital Graz, Austria, 1992-1995
- Military assistant medical doctor, Federal Ministry of Defence, Austria, 1991-1992
- Research Fellow, AVL Medical Instruments, Graz, Austria, 1991
- Alain de Weck Travel Grant for 32st Symposium, Collegium International Allergologicum, Mallorca, Spain. (2018)
- "Privatdozent" for Pneumology (2014)
- Alain de Weck Travel Grant for the 29th Symposium, Collegium International Allergologicum, Jeju Island, South Korea (2012)
- Medical Research Council (MRC) Clinician Scientist Fellowship 2009 - 2014 (2009)
- Postdoctoral Oral Presentation Prize at Postdoctoral Association Conference 2009, Southampton UK (2009)
- Asthma UK Travel Award to ERS Congress 2009, Vienna, Austria (2009)
- Royal College of Physicians, London, GB - Young investigator price at Medical Research Society Clinician Scientist in training meeting 2008, London, UK (2008)
- British Lung Foundation, Allen & Hansburys Travel Fellowship to ERS Congress 2006, Munich, Germany (2006)
- British Lung Foundation, Boehringer Ingelheim Travel Fellowship to ERS Congress 2005, Copenhagen, Denmark (2005)
- Pfizer Academic Travel Award to European Respiratory Society (ERS) Congress 2003, Vienna, Austria (2003)