Dr Muz Haniffa
Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow in Clinical Science, Senior Lecturer and Honorary Consultant Dermatologist

  • Email: m.a.haniffa@ncl.ac.uk
  • Telephone: 0191 208 7632
  • Address: ICM
    Ground Floor William Leech Building
    Medical School
    Newcastle University
    NE2 4HH


Dr. Muzlifah Haniffa is a dermatologist with a research interest in immunology.  Her research programme is focused on understanding the functional heterogeneity of human mononuclear phagocytes, a family of white blood cells comprising dendritic cells, monocytes and macrophages, which initiate and regulate immune responses.  She has used functional genomics and comparative biology to align the human and mouse mononuclear phagocyte networks.  Muzlifah's research goal is to understand how mononuclear phagocytes regulate tissue homeostasis, immunity upon vaccination and their role in disease pathogenesis. This knowledge is essential for the development of new strategies to manipulate host immune response to improve vaccination and immunotherapeutic strategies.

Muzlifah was a previous recipient of a Wellcome Trust Clinical Intermediate Fellowship (2010-2015) and an Action Medical Research Training Fellowship (2005-2008).  Her work has been recognised by a number of awards including the Sue McCarthy Prize (runner-up) for the UK Medical Research Society Young Investigator Award (2009), the British Society for Investigative Dermatology Young Investigator Award (2012) and the European Society for Dermatology Research LEO Pharma Research Foundation Silver Award (2013).


1999                           BSc. (First Class Hons), MBBCh (Hons), University of Wales College of  Medicine 

2002                           MRCP, Royal College of Physicians London

2007                           Diploma in Epidemiology, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

2009                           PhD, Newcastle University

2010                           Certificate of Completion of Training in Dermatology


Group members: Gary Reynolds, Laura Jardine, David Dixon, Beth Poyner, Katie Best

Alumni: Naomi McGovern, Merry Gunawan