About us

Preventing Global Disease

The St George’s Vaccine Institute is an independent, non-commercial, academic institution, which is part of St George’s University of London

25 Years Experience

The St George’s Vaccine Institute is an independent, non-commercial, academic institution, which is part of St George's, University of London and is co-located, and works closely with, the Clinical Research Facility @ St George’s University Hospital NHS Trust. It focuses on the epidemiology of vaccine-preventable diseases, human clinical trials of paediatric, pregnancy and adult vaccines and also studies vaccines against infectious diseases plaguing the most underprivileged members of the world.

Opened in 1996

The first phase opened in 1996 as a combined clinical, scientific and educational facility, with the final official opening in 1998 by HRH The Princess Royal (November 1998 | The Royal Family). In 2006, Professor David Lewis, Director of the Institute commissioned a sundial and entrance mural to Marion Brandis. The sundial celebrated the work of the Institute over the last ten years and illustrated research on the diseases that had already been conquered, followed by those currently at the research stage and was officially unveiled by HRH The Princess Royal.

The Vaccine Institute was relocated to Jenner Wing in 2014 and the sundial remained outside Ingleby House, St George’s University of London. To learn more about the sundial, please follow the button below.


The St George’s Vaccine Institute works closely with the Centre for Neonatal and Paediatric Infection. Professor Mike Sharland and Dr Julia Bielicki lead the Anti-microbial Resistance (AMR) team, which focuses on research to optimise the use of antimicrobials to prevent and treat newborn and child infections. Professor Kirsty Le Doare leads the Vaccinology team, which focuses on assessing safety and effectiveness of vaccines, sero-epidemiology studies and studies assessing serocorrelates of protection against disease in Group B Streptococcus (GBS) and COVID-19. 

The St George’s Vaccine Institute also collaborates with the wider Institute for Infection and Immunity at St George’s University of London. 

Collaboration with UKPVG

St George’s Vaccine Institute is also part of The UK Paediatric Vaccine Group (UKPVG), an independent network of research institutions which, through collaboration, aims to further education, training and high quality research in the field of paediatric vaccines.

The Vaccine Institute welcomes students to do short projects with the team.

Get Involved

Volunteers in research are essential. If you would like to subscribe to our healthy volunteers database or to our Patient and Public Involvement group.

You can view the report from our Participant in Research Experience Survey (PRES) 2021/22.