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Claas Kirchhelle

Lecturer in the History of Medicine, University College Dublin

I am a Lecturer in the History of Medicine at University College Dublin and Martin Fellow at the University of Oxford's Martin School. My interdisciplinary research combines historical and biological approaches to analyse the global history of infectious diseases and the 20th century modification of our microbial environment.

Over the years, my research in Oxford has focused on the global history of antibiotic use, resistance, and regulation and the implications of history for antibiotic governance. I have curated award-winning exhibitions on the history of antibiotics ('Back from the Dead', 2016-2017) and the global resurgence of typhoid ('Alice in Typhoidland', 2020-2022). Sponsored by a Wellcome Trust University Award, my new research projects at UCD explore the history of animal welfare science as well as the global history of typhoid, epidemiological surveillance, and microbial collections.


  • –present
    Research Associate in History, University of Oxford