Associate Professor James Ussher
Associate Professor James Ussher research interest is infection and immunity. In particular, he is interested in mucosal associated invariant T (MAIT) cells, their role in antibacterial immunity, and how they might be harnessed to prevent or treat bacterial infection. He has been involved in several fundamental discoveries in MAIT cell biology.
Associate Professor Ussher is also interested in the antimicrobial resistance, in particular its rapid detection, characterisation, and transmission, especially in Enterobacteriaceae.
His clinical specialty is medical microbiology. In 2018 he was appointed as the Director of the Webster Centre for Infectious Diseases at the University of Otago.
- Clinical microbiology