Prof Karl Staples, academic career development lead for our NIHR BRC (respiratory and critical care theme)

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A respiratory scientist with a background in immunology, Karl leads the respiratory and critical care education and training theme within the BRC.

Supporting respiratory researchers

An experienced supervisor of both science and medical students undertaking research projects at all levels, Karl is also the CES representative in the Faculty of Medicine Graduate School. 

Impact of Infections

Karl is an expert in respiratory immunology with a special interest in the role of lung macrophages in health and disease. His major research focus is on the impact of viral and bacterial infections on chronic respiratory diseases such as asthma and COPD.


Karl began his career in respiratory research during his PhD at the National Heart and Lung Institute. He joined the University of Southampton in 2006 and was appointed to a Lectureship in 2016. He was promoted to Associate Professor in the Faculty of Medicine in 2018. He is currently the Meetings Secretary for the British Association for Lung Research.