One-quarter of the world’s population is infected with the bacterium that causes tuberculosis. Most of these people will not show symptoms. In some people, the disease becomes ‘active’, causing symptoms and spread of the bacterium.


Our researchers are revealing why tuberculosis persists in the body, and how the immune system can be triggered to eliminate the infection.

Our tuberculosis research

Our researchers are investigating how tuberculosis-causing bacteria evade the immune system. This information is being used to develop new strategies to boost the immune response to chronic tuberculosis infection.

Dr Marc Pellegrini
Above: Dr Marc Pellegrini’s lab is researching why tuberculosis persists in the body.
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