Chris Chiu, Ph.D.

Imperial College London

About Chris Chiu, Ph.D.

Chris Chiu is an Infectious Diseases physician and Immunologist. He underwent his basic medical training at Cambridge and Oxford Universities, his PhD with Charles Bangham supported by a Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Training fellowship and post-doctoral training funded by an MRC Clinician Scientist fellowship, during which he furthered his research by working in Rafi Ahmed's group at Emory University. His research interests focus on pathogenesis and protective immunity in human respiratory viral infections, including respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), influenza and SARS-CoV-2. To discover why some people suffer life-threatening illness while others have only mild or asymptomatic infection, he has developed a set of unique experimental medicine techniques. He is an expert in human infection challenge studies and leads a group that uses infection and vaccination of volunteers as well as patient-centred research to investigate systemic and mucosal immunity against these infections. These highly specialised methods provide a unique opportunity to examine correlates and mechanisms of protection and disease severity in human beings. This is exemplified by his recent role as Chief Investigator of the first SARS-CoV-2 human challenge study in the world, which together with his other programmes aims to enhance our understanding of how respiratory viral illnesses may be better prevented and accelerate the development of more effective vaccines.