Centre for Inflammation Research

Professor Dean Everett

The Pathogen Biology Research Group aims to define how a pathogen interacts with its environment, ie its niche neighbours, its host or its discrete population, whether in country, across a region, continent and globally.

Professor Dean Everett

Chair of Molecular Microbiology and Global Health

  • Centre for Inflammation Research

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Group Members

  • Jenny Clarke, PhD Student
  • Beatrice Chikaphonya-Phiri, Malawi College of Medicine MMed student 
  • James Jafali, Bioinformatician
  • Dr Anmol Kiran, Postdoc  (Bioinformatician)
  • Mernani Kaonga,  Group Administrator
  • Dr Joe Lewis, Medical doctor/PhD student
  • Dr Ivan Mambule, Clinical Research Fellow
  • David Mhango, PhD Student
  • Tinashe Nyazika, PhD Student
  • Dr Alex Stockdale, Medical doctor/PhD student
  • Charlotte van der Veer, Molecular Microbiologist


The Pathogen Biology group utilises routine clinical surveillance and omics-based approaches to study respiratory pathogens (bacterial and viral) with a focus on Pathogenicity, AMR, Nosocomial and ESKAPE pathogens that impact African hospitals regionally and outbreak detection. Our research aims to understand pathogenicity in a clinical setting with the aim of identifying potential targets for vaccine development and control of these important pathogens. In the pathogens host we seek to identify susceptibility and severity markers.

Pathogen Biology Group

Research Overview

Understanding bacterial (major focus the pneumococcus and other respiratory pathogens) evolution, diversity and genetic epidemiology and its impact on pathogenicity, particularly the evolution of drug resistance through omics-based approaches. Other areas of research interest include respiratory viral pathogen diversity, spread and evolution, with a strong focus on Influenza and respiratory viruses.

Biographical Profile

Dr Everett is a Reader and Chancellors Fellow in Molecular Microbiology in the Medical Research Council Centre for Inflammation Research at the University of Edinburgh but based full time at the Malawi-Liverpool-Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Programme, one of 5 Wellcome Trust Major Overseas Programmes. He holds an Honorary Readership at the University of Liverpool.

His work includes hospital and community-based surveillance (carriage and invasive disease), microbiology, molecular biology and genomics/transcriptomics to provide new insights into the emergence, spread and evolution of these pathogens in Malawi and across Africa. He has a central role in a number of African and Global consortia including the Pneumococcal African Genomics (PAGe) consortium,  H3Africa Bioinformatics Network (H3ABioNet),  The Global Pneumococcal Sequencing (GPS) project, The African Network for Influenza Surveillance and Epidemiology (ANISE) and the International Severe and Emerging Respiratory Infection Consortium (ISARIC).

As part of his research he supervises postdoctoral, PhD and MSc candidates at Malawi Liverpool Wellcome Trust.

Malawi Liverpool Welcome Trust Clinical Research Program


Pneumococcal African Genomics (PAGe) Consortium

The Global Pneumococcal Sequencing (GPS) Project

The African Network for Influenza Surveillance and Epidemiology (ANISE)

The International Severe and Emerging Respiratory Infection Consortium (ISARIC)

H3Africa Bioinformatics Network (H3ABioNet)



More information on funding at Dean Everett's Research Explorer profile.