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Webster Centre: Research

Our scope extends from molecular research to clinical, epidemiological, and pharmacological research on infectious diseases affecting animals, plants, and humans.

We have over sixty experts from four universities, and key Crown Research Institutes working to translate discoveries into practical applications against infectious diseases.

Key research areas

Applied and Molecular Immunology

Webster Centre scientist, Dr Jo Kirman, researches applied and molecular immunology.

Bacterial physiology and antimicrobial resistance

Webster Centre scientist, Professor Greg Cook, researches bacterial physiology and antimicrobial resistance

Human Virology: human papillomavirus

Webster Centre researcher, Associate Professor Merilyn Hibma, carries out human papillomavirus (HPV) and cancer

Human Virology: influenza virus:

Webster Centre researcher, Dr Matloob Husain, is working on a programme on human virology: influenza virus. 

Immunity to bacterial infection

Webster Centre scientist, Dr James Ussher, researches immunity to bacterial infection

Molecular virology and viral pathogenesis

Webster Centre Director, Professor Andy Mercer, researches molecular virology and pathogenesis.

Oral microbiology and antifungal drug resistance

Webster Centre researcher, Professor Richard Cannon, researches oral microbiology and antifungal drug resistance.

Pseudomonas in kiwifruit

Webster Centre scientists Associate Professor Russell Poulter and Professor Iain Lamont have been investigating the bacterial causes of diseases in New Zealand kiwifruit.

Structural biology of infectious diseases and antimicrobial development

Professor Kurt Krause carries out research on structural biology of infectious diseases and antimicrobial development.