Dr Anu Goenka

BSc, MBChB, DFSRH, DTM&H, MRCGP, MRCPCH, PGDipPID, PhD, FHEA

  • F48 Biomedical Sciences Building
    University Walk
    University of Bristol
    BS8 1TD

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Research interests

I am a Senior Lecturer at Bristol Vaccine Centre and Honorary Consultant in Paediatric Immunology & Infectious Diseases at Bristol Royal Hospital for Children. I am also a NIHR CRN West of England Research Scholar.

My research explores how we can design new and better vaccines through understanding the function of immune cells that reside in the respiratory tract. I developed my interest in respiratory immunity while studying macrophage function in the laboratory of Professor Tracy Hussell during my PhD which was funded by fellowships from the Medical Research Council and European Society of Paediatric Infectious Diseases (ESPID). Now, I am interested in how we can develop a vaccine for group A Streptococcus (GAS) by profiling the antigen-specific response of respiratory lymphoid tissue. GAS infection is a neglected global disease that not only causes sore throat, but also kills more than half a million people every year by causing invasive infections and rheumatic heart disease.

Our laboratory research programme in mucosal immunity and group A Streptococcus vaccine antigen discovery is funded by grants from ESPID, Bristol & Weston Hospitals Charity and Spencer Dayman Meningitis Research. I have also contributed to COVID-19 research funded by the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute and the Grand Appeal

I also support and lead clinical vaccine trials, working alongside a large multidsciplinary team at Bristol Vaccine Centre. 

I contribute to both undergraduate and postgraduate teaching. Currently, I chair the ESPID Walter Marget Workshop as well as co-chair RCPCH Child Health in Low-Resource Settings. 

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