Centre for Health and Bioinformatics


Professor Muzlifah Haniffa

Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow in Clinical Science, Lister Institute Prize Fellow, Professor of Dermatology and Immunology



Muzlifah Haniffa is a dermatologist pioneering the applications of single cell genomics technologies to understand tissue homeostasis, immunity and disease pathogenesis.  A major research goal of her laboratory is to decode the development and functional maturation of the human immune system.  

Muzz was elected to the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2020. Her work has been recognised by a number of awards including the Foulkes Foundation Medal (2019), ACTERIA Prize awarded by the European Federation of Immunological Societies (2018), Lister Institute Research Prize (2016), European Society for Dermatology Research LEO Pharma Research Foundation Silver Award (2013), British Society for Investigative Dermatology Young Investigator Award (2012) and the Sue McCarthy Prize (runner-up) for the UK Medical Research Society Young Investigator Award (2009).  She was a previous recipient of a Wellcome Trust Intermediate Clinical Fellowship (2010-2015) and an Action Medical Research Training Fellowship (2005-2008).  

She leads a Wellcome Trust funded public engagement programme called Inside Skin, an interdisciplinary dialogue between science and art relating to skin and the immune system in collaboration with the Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts and Culture Lab.  A video tour of her exhibition and interview are available through the following links:  https://vimeo.com/182069076 and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fqarWQm0jLQ.  

Muzz is an Associate Faculty at Wellcome Sanger Institute.  She is passionate about training and mentoring the next generation of clinicians and research scientists.  


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


Research Group members:

Research assistant: Emily Stephenson, Issac Goh, Justin Engelbert

PhD students: James Fletcher, David Dixon, Daniel Maunder, Simone Webb

Post-doctoral research associate: Peter Vegh, Dorin-Mirel Popescu, Kile Green, Rachel Botting

Academic Clinical Lecturer: Gary Reynolds, Laura Jardine

Clinical research trainees: Katie Best, Beth Poyner, Meghan Acres

Alumni: Naomi McGovern, Merry Gunawan