Dr Philippa Matthews

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Dr Philippa Matthews

Senior Research Fellow


Philippa Matthews is a clinical research fellow working in the Nuffield Department of Medicine Research, funded by the Wellcome Trust. She is also an honorary consultant in Infectious Diseases and Microbiology at Oxford University Hospitals.

Philippa is the author of a range of academic articles spanning her interests in clinical infection, epidemiology, and immunology. She has written and illustrated a textbook aiming to make topics in infection interesting, memorable and accessible: Tropical Medicine Notebook (ISBN 9780198737773).

She is interested in public engagement work, and has received Wellcome funding for her ‘Viral Footprints’ project to inspire interest in science and medicine .

Research Interests

Philippa’s research focuses on improving our understanding of the interplay between host and viral genetics in chronic viral infections, with particular interests in HIV and hepatitis B virus (HBV) in populations in sub-Saharan Africa.

She is also involved in a collaborative programme of work, funded by the BRC, to improve viral diagnostics in clinical laboratory practice, and is a member of the National Health Informatics Collaborative (NHIC) team to collate electronic clinical data for use in translational research.


Philippa supervises and co-supervises several students in the Nuffield Department of Medicine and Paediatrics. She delivers medical student teaching to undergraduate and postgraduate students through lectures, seminars, tutorials and on the wards, and is co-lead for the graduate medicine Infection and Immunity module. She contributes annually as an invited lecturer on the Diploma of Medical Care of Catastrophes (DMCC) course.