Professional background

Dr. Nandini Shetty qualified from St. John’s Medical College & Hospital, Bangalore, India in 1979. After three years as an anesthetist she chose to specialise in clinical microbiology in 1983, obtaining an MD in 1987, the MRCPath in 1994 and FRCPath in 2003. 

In 1999 she obtained the diploma in hospital infection control (DipHIC) from University of London; and in 2004 she completed the MSc in epidemiology and statistics also from University of London. 

Nandini has experience in the practice of clinical microbiology and infection control both in India and in the UK. 

In 1998 she was appointed consultant microbiologist working jointly for the NHS and Public Health England (PHE). At PHE, Nandini is the clinical services lead for the bacteriology reference department; her portfolio also includes leadership of post-graduate medical training in PHE and clinical governance in PHE’s reference microbiology services.

She is an examiner and question setter for the Royal College of Pathologists and has been instrumental in crafting the new microbiology / infectious diseases curriculum for specialist training. She is the UK’s deputy focal point for microbiology at the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and an expert on antimicrobial resistance and stewardship at WHO.

Research interests

  • Management of infections in the ICU and the neonatal unit
  • Obstetric, perinatal and neonatal infections
  • Public health response to pandemics and epidemics
  • Epidemiology of hospital acquired infections
  • Control strategies for the emergence of antimicrobial resistance



Shetty N, Tang J and Andrews J 2009. "Infectious Diseases: Pathogenesis, Prevention and Case Studies"  Wiley-Blackwell, USA.

Tang JW, Shetty N, Lam TY. Influenza. Chapter in Antimicrobial Therapy and Vaccines, Apple Trees Productions; USA  3rd  edition 2011

Selected Publications (last 5 years):

  1. Flatt A, Shetty N. Seroprevalence and risk factors for toxoplasmosis among antenatal women in London: a re-examination of risk in an ethnically diverse population. The European Journal of Public Health 2012; doi: 10.1093/eurpub/cks075
  2. H. Wilcox; N. Shetty; W. N. Fawley; M. Shemko; P. Coen; A. Birtles; M. Cairns; M. D. Curran; K. J. Dodgson; S. M. Green; K. J. Hardy; P. M. Hawkey; J. G. Magee; A. D. Sails; M. W. D. Wren. Changing epidemiology of Clostridium difficile infection following the introduction of a national ribotyping based surveillance scheme in England Clinical Infectious Diseases 2012;55:1056-63.
  3. Moran Gilad J, Chand M, Brown C, Shetty N, Morris G, Green J, Jenkins C, Ling C, Mclauchlin J, Harrison T, Goddard N, Brown K,  Bolton FJ and Zambon M. Microbiological aspects of public health planning and preparedness for the 2012 Olympic Games. Epidemiology and Infection, 2012; 4:2142-5
  4. Cairns MD, Stabler RA, Shetty N, Wren BW. The continually evolving Clostridium difficile species Future Microbiol. 2012; 7: 945–957
  5. Planche TD, Davies KA, Coen PG, Finney JM, Monahan IM, Morris KA, O'Connor L, Oakley SJ, Pope CF, Wren MW, Shetty NP, Crook DW, Wilcox MH. Differences in outcome according to Clostridium difficile testing method: a prospective multicentre diagnostic validation study of C difficile Lancet Infect Dis. 2013; 13:936-45.
  6. McCloskey B, Endericks T, Catchpole M, Zambon M, McLauchlin J, Shetty N, Manuel R, Turbitt D, Smith G, Crook P, Severi E, Jones J, Ibbotson S, Marshall R, Smallwood CA, Isla N, Memish ZA, Al-Rabeeah AA, Barbeschi M, Heymann DL, Zumla A. London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games: public health surveillance and epidemiology. 2014;383:2083-9.
  7. Dabrera G, Vickers A, Conaglen P, Evlampidou I, Lamagni T, Shetty N, Verlander N, Hill R, Gobin M, Campbell R, Zhao H, Johnson A, Ellis J, Lackenby A, Pichon B, Oliver I, Kearns A, Pebody R. Risk factors for fatality in Panton-Valentine leukocidin-producing Staphylococcus aureus pneumonia cases, England, 2012-2013.. J Infect. 2014;69:196-9
  8. De SK, Shetty N, Kelsey M. How to use… blood cultures. Arch Dis Child Educ Pract Ed. 2014; 99:144-51.
  9. Netto MC, Whitten M, Shetty N. Post-partum sepsis. British Journal of Hospital Medicine.2015; 76: C118- C121
  10. Tang JW, Wilson, Shetty N, Noakes CJAerosol-transmitted infections - a new consideration for public health and infection control teams. Curr Treat Options Infect Dis. 2015; DOI 10.1007/s40506-015-0057-1