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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

Human Virology

Webster Centre researchers, including Professor Andy Mercer, are working on a programme on human pathogenic viruses, drug targets, and potential therapeutics.

Immunity to bacterial infection

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

Mycobacterial diseases

Dunedin researchers Professors Greg Cook, Philip Hill and Frank Griffin are key leaders in a group of Otago scientists studying tuberculosis, and other mycobacterial diseases.

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