Dr Ashley Otter

Dr Ashley Otter

Visiting Specialist

School of Biomedical Sciences (Faculty of Health)



Dr Otter has been working within the Rare and Imported Pathogens Laboratory of the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) at Porton Down (formerly Public Health England). During this time, he has been involved in a wide range of research focused around clinical pathogen diagnostics. More recently, with the emergence of SARS-CoV-2, his work has focused on the research and understanding of immunity to SARS-CoV-2 infection and vaccinations. In 2022, Dr Otter was promoted to Principal Investigator of the Emerging Pathogen Serology lab at UKHSA, with his work spanning emerging pathogen immunology, serosurveillance and novel diagnostic technology.


  • 2011-2015: BSc Microbiology (with placement year) - Cardiff University
  • 2015-2019: PhD Molecular Microbiology - University of London

Professional membership

  • Microbiology Society
  • American Society for Microbiology

Roles on external bodies

  • Federation of Infection Societies, Microbiology Society Chair-Elect
  • Journal of Medical Microbiology, Editor