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Centre for Tropical Medicine and Global Health, University of Oxford Melioidosis is a neglected tropical disease caused by the soil-dwelling bacteria Burkholderia pseudomallei. Patients present with a range of clinical syndromes including pneumonia, sepsis and abscesses, and the in-hospital mortality is 40% in Thailand. Melioidosis is endemic in Southeast Asia and Northern Australia but it is widespread across the tropics and a recent estimate puts the annual global death toll at 89,000 which is higher than Dengue.

Susanna Dunachie


Professor Susanna Dunachie is an infectious diseases physician with a research focus on characterising the immune response for vaccine development for tropical diseases including melioidosis, malaria and scrub typhus. From 2011 until 2015 she was based at the Wellcome Trust-Mahidol University-Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Programme in Bangkok.

She has now set up a laboratory at the Peter Medawar Building for Pathogen Research in Oxford to support the ongoing Thai programme and to further explore the phenotype of the adaptive response to B. pseudomallei. Susanna is also an active consultant in Tropical Medicine and Infectious Diseases at Oxford University Hospitals.

Watch Susanna Dunachie's interview on Tropical Immunology