Flow cytometry in the BSL3 laboratory at MORU, Bangkok. (Photo © MORU 2014/Gerhard Jörén)

People continue to die around the world from infections for which there is no vaccine. A greater understanding of immunity to a range of infectious diseases is desirable to improve diagnostics, treatments and vaccine design, especially for intra-cellular organisms which are harder to prevent and cure. Immunology research at MORU includes characterization of the innate response and assays of cellular immunity to diseases such as Staphylococcus aureus, melioidosis, scrub typhus and vivax malaria.

Key questions currently being addressed include:

Separating blood from patients with melioidosis for immunology assays at MORU, Ubon Ratchathani. (Photo © MORU 2014/Gerhard Jörén)

We have a state-of-the-art immunology laboratory including flow cytometer at MORU Bangkok housed within the BSL3 facility, and small satellite immunology laboratories in Ubon Ratchathani and Chiang Rai with facilities for cell culture. We enjoy close links with the Faculty of Tropical Medicine at Mahidol University with an active teaching programme in immunology.