Russell Dacombe is a senior research associate at the Liverpool School of Medicine (LSTM). Russell has a background in microbiology and holds an MSC in Medical Microbiology. He worked in the NHS for many years and then went on to manage research laboratories in Africa. He joined LSTM in 2005 and his research interests include laboratory capacity strengthening, in-vitro diagnostic evaluation and policy and regulatory analysis, development and implementation. He also coordinates the medical bacteriology module as part of the LSTM Master programme and lectures on a number of other courses.