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Professor of Immunology and Infection, Edinburgh Napier University

Professor Peter Barlow is Chair of Immunology and Infection within the School of Applied Sciences at Edinburgh Napier University.

Peter’s interests lie in studying the human innate immune system with a view to developing novel therapeutics for infections. He is particularly interested in studying the activities of Host Defence Peptides (HDP), principally in the context of viral infections, such as rhinovirus and influenza. He currently holds funding from the MRC for a study investigating the antiviral and immunomodulatory properties of HDP in Dengue Virus infection

Peter is passionate about public engagement with science and is Media Spokesperson for the British Society for Immunology. He also writes regularly for The Conversation and undertook a British Science Association Media Fellowship in the summer of 2018 with BBC Scotland.

Speaking about his own work, and the work of others, he has been interviewed by, or had comments published in, a number of outlets including BBC News, Sky News, BBC Radio, Scientific American, ITN News, STV News, Scotland Tonight, BBC Countryfile Winter Diaries, LBC Radio, The Daily Mail, The Telegraph, The Herald, The Scotsman, The Daily Express, The Daily Record, The Edinburgh Evening News, Deadline News, Yahoo News, ABC News (USA), NBC News (USA), CBS News (USA), The Atlanta Journal and Constitution (USA), Washington Post (USA), Fox News (USA), The New York Post (USA), The Associated Press, Agence France Presse, Newsweek, The Scientist, Voice of America News (USA, France) and in online platforms The Huffington Post & IFL Science.


  • 2019–present
    Professor of Immunology & Infection, Edinburgh Napier University
  • 2017–2019
    Associate Professor in Immunology & Infection, Edinburgh Napier University
  • 2013–2017
    Reader in Immunology & Infection, Edinburgh Napier University
  • 2011–2013
    Lecturer and Principal Investigator in Immunotoxicology, Edinburgh Napier University
  • 2009–2011
    Postdoctoral research fellow, US Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)
  • 2005–2009
    Postdoctoral research fellow, Centre for Inflammation Research, University of Edinburgh