Anu Goenka



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I am a honorary clinical lecturer at the Lydia Becker Institute of Immunology and Inflammation, while completing my subspecialist clincial and academic training in Paediatric Immunology & Infectious Diseases at Bristol Royal Hospital for Children. 

My research explores how we can design new and better vaccines through understanding the function of immune cells that reside in the respiratory tract. I developed my interest in respiratory immunity while studying macrophage function in the laboratory of Professor Tracy Hussell during my PhD which was funded by fellowships from the Medical Research Council and European Society of Paediatric Infectious Diseases (ESPID). Now, I am interested in how we can develop a vaccine for group A Streptococcus (GAS) by profiling the antigen-specific response of respiratory lymphoid tissue. GAS infection is a neglected global disease that not only causes sore throat, but also kills more than half a million people every year by causing invasive infections and rheumatic heart disease.

My current research in group A Streptococcus vaccine antigen discovery is funded by grants from Above and Beyond and ESPID. I am also undertaking COVID-19 research funded by the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute and the Grand Appeal.

I also contribute to both undergraduate and postgraduate teaching. Currently, I chair the ESPID Walter Marget Workshop as well as co-chair RCPCH Child Health in Low-Resource Settings.


Lecturer - Global Health Intercalated BSc, University of Manchester

Lecturer & Co-chair - Child Health in Low-Resource Settings, RCPCH

Chair - ESPID Walter Marget Workshop

Instructor - Advanced Paediatric Life Support

Editorial Lead - RCPCH Vaccines in Practice (Highly Commended Communique Awards 2017)

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

British Paeditaric Allergy, Immunity & Infection Group

European Society for Immunodeficiencies

UK Primary Immunodeficiency Network

European Society for Paediatric Infectious Diseases

Children's HIV Association

International Child Health Group, RCPCH


BSc (1st Class Honours) History of Medicine UCL

MBChB University of Leeds

DTM&H Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine




PG Dip Paediatric Infectious Diseases (Distinction) University of Oxford

PhD (University of Manchester)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being


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