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PhD projects

1. Discovery of novel therapies for infection, inflammatory diseases or cancer
2. Understand host immune response during bacterial infection and sepsis
3. Role of microbiota during diseases

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Dr Murphy Wan is a Senior Lecturer in Biomedical Sciences within the School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences at University of Portsmouth.

Her current research focuses largely on discovery of novel therapies for infectious diseases or cancer, through understanding of the complex interplay between diet/pathogens, immune system as well as gut microbiome. Her projects involve integration of different molecular approaches and omics technologies for in-depth investigation of disease mechanisms and discoveries of novel biomarkers that can be translated in future clinical settings.

Her current research projects include:

- development of colon-targeted delivery approach for colon cancer

- exploring the potential of natural compounds as novel cancer therapeutics

- investigating the immunological potential of molecules excreted from bacteria and their potential therapeutic effects in human diseases

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Dr Murphy Wan welcomes MRes and PhD students. Please email to discuss further.

Research Interests

1. Discovery and development of novel therapies against infection, inflammatory diseases and cancer;

2. Exploring how the microbiota affect host immunity to diseases;

3. Emphasis on integration of different omics technologies for in-depth investigation of disease mechanisms and discoveries of novel biomarkers.

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

Education/Academic qualification

BSc (Hons), Food and Nutritional Sciences, The University of Hong Kong

MPhil, Nutritional Toxicology, The University of Hong Kong

Ph.D., Toxicology, Microbiology and Immunology, The University of Hong Kong

External positions

Researcher/Senior Scientist, Lund University

Aug 2018 → …

Postdoctoral Fellow, The University of Hong Kong

Jan 2015Jul 2018


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