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Dr Clark Russell

ECAT Clinical Lecturer in Infectious Diseases


I am a speciality registrar in Infectious Diseases and Medical Microbiology (Regional Infectious Diseases Unit, Edinburgh) and a Wellcome-funded ECAT Clinical Lecturer at the University of Edinburgh (Centre for Inflammation Research, Edinburgh BioQuarter and Laboratory for Bacterial Evolution & Pathogenesis, The Roslin Institute).

Current Research Interests

My Ph.D. research project aims to gain insight from immune evasion adaptations of epidemic-associated Streptococcus pneumoniae clones to identify macrophage microbicidal mechanisms these successful pathogens have evolved to evade. Such host responses are likely to be critical for pneumococcal killing and could represent rational therapeutic targets. I am supervised by Prof. David Dockrell, Prof. Ross Fitzgerald and Dr. Kenneth Baillie (University of Edinburgh) and collaborate with Prof. Tim Mitchell (University of Birmingham).

This work is part of the MRC AMR Shield consortium, investigating novel host based antimicrobial responses to antimicrobial resistant bacteria. I am funded by an ‘ECAT/Wellcome Trust PhD Training Fellowship for Clinicians’ award.

I am also interested in antimicrobial stewardship, hospital-acquired pneumonia, endovascular infections in people who inject drugs, and bone infections.


BMedSci (Hons) 1st Class in Infectious Diseases, University of Edinburgh 2010

MBChB with Honours, University of Edinburgh 2013

MRCP (UK), Royal College of Physicians 2016

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