Covering a variety of research areas and themes, we have experts to provide media and policymakers with evidence, analysis and comment on a wide range of issues relating to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Science of the virus

  • Professor Alan McNally: Microbial genomics with experience of working on H5N1 avian influenza research and surveillance, viral genomics and evolution, and experience in infectious disease epidemiology and transmission.
  • Professor Willem van Schaik: Molecular microbiology, the human microbiome and antibiotic resistance; able to comment on epidemiology and possible public health interventions to contain/minimise the spread of coronavirus.
  • Professor David Wraith: Immunology, specialising in autoimmunity and immunotherapy.
  • Dr Zania Stamataki: Viral immunologist, specialising in virus transmission, neutralising antibodies and persistent/chronic infection, particularly in the liver.
  • Professor Andrew Beggs: Molecular genetics, focusing on colorectal, oesophageal and sarcoma cancer biology and translational medicine. 
  • Professor Nick Loman: Research explores the use of cutting-edge genomics and metagenomics approaches to the diagnosis, treatment and surveillance of infectious disease.
  • Professor Robin May: Research centres on human infectious diseases, with a particular focus on the molecular basis of host-pathogen interactions. 

Public health

Legal and Political

  • Professor David H Dunn: US Politics and Foreign Policy, Trump Administration and the crisis, impact on global politics.
  • Professor Scott Lucas: US Politics and Foreign Policy, Trump Administration and the crisis.
  • Dr Alan Greene: Constitutional law, emergency powers and human rights.
  • Professor Karen Yeung: Data science, law and ethics, including the regulation and governance of, and through, new and emerging technologies.
  • John Tingle: Health law, including issues relating to patient safety.


  • Professor Heather Widdows: The ethics behind decisions about who to put at risk and what is an acceptable risk in relation to the COVID-19 crisis. 
  • Professor John Bryson: Understanding rapid adaptation during times of disruptive and radical change. This includes responsible citizenship and citizen-led end-user innovation and the development of alternative solutions in response to private and public sector failure.
  • Professor Colin Diamond: Education leadership/home-schooling during closed period.
  • Dr Merten Reglitz: The internet as a human right, political authority, global justice and intergenerational justice.
  • Dr Steve Hewitt: Security issues, surveillance, terrorism anti-Americanism, UK & American politics and conspiracy theories.

Business and economics

  • Professor David Bailey: Coronavirus and manufacturing, in particular the automotive industry, Economy and economic policy.

Energy and transportation