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The Peter Medawar Building for Pathogen Research is a cross-divisional, multi-disciplinary building focused on research in host-pathogen interactions. Established for nearly 2 decades now it has developed and strengthened over time through a strong sense of combined purpose and a collaborative ethos. There are 3 major strands to the work which are closely integrated:

The shared endeavour across these three strands is to make quantitative descriptions of the processes that generate observed patterns in host-pathogen interactions. Different research groups bring different techniques to that endeavour, but there is a clearly articulated and well-understood shared goal. With an understanding of underlying processes in place it becomes possible to make precise hypotheses about the likely outcome of potential interventions. Close links between theory and observation allow those hypotheses to be tested.

Our aim is to strengthen the interactions in this area which have increasing potential because of the new technologies which allow better insights into host immunity coupled with increasing sequencing power and improved insights through integrative models. On a practical level this is fostered by well-equipped and technically secure category 3 space for pathogen research, shared office space and interaction areas, and core facilities which encourage and sustain group working. It will also benefit from close links with the new Tinbergen replacement and will enhance the ability of all groups in the area to work on major pathogens through improved access.

You can find out more about the research which takes place at the Peter Medawar Building for Pathogen Research under the 'Research' tab.

The Head of the Peter Medawar Building for Pathogen Research is Professor Paul Klenerman.