Dr Britta Urban obtained her PhD at the University of Hamburg, Germany studying complement resistance in Entamoeba histolytica. In 1997, she joined Oxford University to investigate cellular immune responses to Plasmodium falciparum blood-stage malaria. She was awarded a Wellcome Trust Senior Research in Medecine Fellowship in 2006 and moved to the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research in Medecine Programme in Kilifi, Kenya to analyse immune responses to the major variant surface antigen expressed on infected erythrocytes, the P. falciparum erythrocyte membrane protein 1 (PfEMP1). In 2011, Dr. Urban returned to the UK and is now based at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine investigating cross-reactive T and B cell responses to PfEMP1. Her team continues to work on various aspects of cellular immunity to malaria and other infectious diseases.
Britta teaches on the MSc Tropical and Infectious Disease