All posts in Medical Microbiology

These woes ain’t Royal

By Phil Hefford, MSc Medical Microbiology 2012-13. During a whirlwind final week to the first term of Graduate Medical School, I find myself presenting amongst passionate early career researchers at a Royal Society conference, and reminded of the challenges we face in the complex field of Tropical Medicine.


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Reflections & Future Directions: Pursuing Medicine

It is trip number three to East Africa in as many years. My diet has succumbed to a delightful local bread-snack, eggs and, for my sins, that sugary brown fizzy “liquid” which is everywhere! I have lost weight, more because of my reluctance to fill myself with the local…

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Interviews from the field #1: “Mum’s the word” – with Nicole Yan

MSc Medical Microbiology alumnus Phil Hefford has been blogging about his recent experiences. In this post, Phil interviews fellow School alumna Nicole Yan, who studied the MSc Epidemiology, about her PhD research in Kenya. You can read more from Phil’s blog at 

I catch up with…

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Two Years on from LSHTM – What’s the Deal?

In the words of Jay-Z, allow me to re-introduce myself. My name is Phil Hefford, and exactly 2 years ago I was in Vietnam on a virus hunting mission, sent on orders by my LSHTM MSc Medical Microbiology summer project. A lot has happened since those young, yuppy…

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New Journeys, New Friends and New Discoveries

You can follow my other official (and personal) blog here:, or follow me on twitter: philandtropical


This is sort of an “all in one” miniramble, but nonetheless, let me update you on an eventful week.

At the research unit I’ve been working at this…

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A Virus for a Bigger Brain?

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Can a virus make your brain bigger? Well yes – quite literally so when we’re talking about Viral Encephalitis. A couple of case studies I’ve encountered on my journeys pushed me to find out more about this…

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Two Weeks into Viet Nam life

This is a post from just over a week ago, from my main personal blog, which you can follow at:


 (…Running on the sand dunes of Mui Ne…)

I’m two weeks into life in Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam. The food, as previously…

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H1 N1 virus

Summer project in Vietnam

Hello! I’m Phil, a student on the MSc Medical Microbiology course. Virology is where my biggest interest lies – it’s a slightly narcissistic view given that about half of our human genetic information actually came from viruses. This amazing fact that hints at a long and complex relationship between…

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