It is with great pleasure and anticipation that I take on the role of Head of Department at the Department of Microbiology. The Department has a strong commitment to excellence in both teaching and research. This includes teaching undergraduate modules for Medical, Dental, Nursing and Basic Science students, as well as graduate-level courses. The faculty members are very active and successful in research, bringing the latest knowledge to their lectures and practical lab classes.
The faculty has research programmes covering many aspects of Microbiology and Immunology. There is a strong focus on pathogen biology and host-pathogen interactions in viral, bacterial, and protozoal diseases present in Southeast Asia. Other faculty concentrates on identifying novel drugs, on vaccine discovery and delivery, and on the innate and adaptive arms of the immune response in health and disease. In addition to response to infection, immunological studies ongoing in the Department include responses in cancer, allergy, atherosclerosis, as well as basic mechanisms of cell signalling and development. These and other interests in the Department contribute to a very broad, dynamic view of microbiology and immunology.
The Department’s international visibility is strong and improving. The faculty has an excellent track record in obtaining external grant funding for their research, in training graduate students, and in publishing their results in high-impact journals. We anticipate even greater success in the future.
Prof Nicholas Gascoigne
Head, Department of Microbiology