Immunology of Infectious Disease

The Immunology of Infectious Disease Research Unit, based at the University of Cape Town’s Faculty of Health Sciences (within the Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine), studies infectious diseases, their similarities and the factors influencing immunity to disease.

Infectious diseases - like Tuberculosis (TB), African Trypanosomiasis, Leishmaniasis and Bilharziosis - are leading causes of death in many parts of the world and have a devastating impact on disadvantaged communities in the African (and South African) population as well as on the economy.

Key focus areas

  • Discovering ways to identify the genes and bacteria involved in both immunity and infection;
  • Developing vaccines for infectious diseases in Africa;
  • Producing effective and affordable treatments; and
  • Embracing a wide range of research methods to build capacity and training in infectious disease research.
Unit Director: Prof. Frank Brombacher, Ph.D.
For more information, visit the Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine's Website