Professional background

Consultant in microbiology and infection at UCLH since 2000

Divisional clinical director for pathology from 2007 to 2009

Divisional clinical director for infection from 2009 - present

Senior lecturer in microbiology St Thomas' Hospital 1994 - 1999


Research interests

  • Infection in the immunosuppressed (not HIV)
  • Infection in haematological malignancy
  • Invasive fungal infection
  • Infection in neurosurgery
  • Infection in orthopedic surgery
  • Culture and behaviour of H
  • hospital staff in relation to infection control
  • Hospital design and infection control
  • Development of alternatives to alcohol and chlorine for control of hospital acquired infection
  • Translational implementation of infection control strategies and products


Selected publications (out of > 80, published or in press):


  • Zumla A, Al-Tawfiq JA, Enne V, Kidd M, Drosten C, Breuer J, Muller M, Hui D, Maurer M, Bates M, Mwaba P, Al-Hakeem R, Gray G, Gautret P, Al-Rabeeah A, Memish Z, Gant V. Rapid Point of Care Diagnostic Tests for Respiratory Tract Infections needs, advances and future prospects. Lancet Infectious Diseases. 2014 (11):1123-35.
  • Respiratory tract infections in the immunocompromised. Godbole G, Gant V. Curr Opin Pulm Med. 2013 May;19(3):244-50.
  • Thwaites GE, Gant V. Are bloodstream leukocytes Trojan Horses for the metastasis of Staphylococcus aureus? Nature Rev Microbiol: 2011 : 9; 215-22. 2011
  • Tissari P, Zumla A, Tarkka E, Mero S, Savolainen L, Vaara M, Aittakorpi A, Laakso S, Lindfors M, Piiparinen H, Mäki M, Carder C, Huggett J, Gant V Accurate and rapid identification of bacterial species from positive blood cultures with a DNA-based microarray platform: an observational study. Lancet: 2010: 375; 224-30
  • Gant VA, Wren MW, Rollins MS, Jeanes A, Hickok SS, Hall TJ. Three novel highly charged copper-based biocides: safety and efficacy against healthcare-associated organisms. J Antimicrob Chemother. 2007 Aug;60(2):294-9


  • The Application of Neural Networks to Clinical Medicine. eds. Dybowski R and Gant VA. 493pp. Cambridge University Press. July 2007. ISBN: 9780521001335