Pathogen diversity, host specificity and virulence
This theme aims to understand how pathogens infect their hosts and cause disease, as well as why some differ in virulence or in the range of hosts they can infect.
Such studies will improve our ability to predict the risk they pose, and lead to new strategies to detect, treat and prevent infection. In addition to identifying candidate antigens for novel vaccines and adjuvants, this strand of research will evaluate alternatives to antibiotics.
Examples of previous and current work in this area: