Professor David Dunne

Professor of Parasitology at Department of Pathology, University of Cambridge

Professor of Parasitology, Department of Pathology, University of Cambridge

Professor David Dunne is a Professor of Parasitology in Department of Pathology at the University of Cambridge. He heads up the project on Epidemiology and Immunology of Schistosomiasis and other Human Parasitic Diseases. He is also Director of the Cambridge THRiVE Committee, which is responsible for managing Cambridge cross-faculty resources to support African scientific research strengthening and career development; THRiVE stands for Training Health Researchers into Vocational Excellence in East Africa (see here).

His research interests include multidisciplinary studies on immunity to and the immunomorbidity of human schistosomiasis in disease endemic areas of sub-Saharan Africa; interactions between co-infecting parasites in man, including the exacerbating effects of co-exposure to schistosomiasis and malaria on hepatic disease in school-aged children; human IgE and IgE-mediated effector mechanisms in African populations and association with between immunity and susceptibility to schistosomiasis, and hookworm, and allergic diseases. This research is carried out in partnership with long-term collaborating scientists in Kenya, Uganda and Mali.

As well as various positions in the Department of Pathology here at Cambridge, Professor Dunne has also worked at the Centro de Pesquisas Rene Rachou -FIOCRUZ Belo Horizonte in Brazil, and at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.