Dr Julian Tang

Julian Tang is a Consultant Virologist at the Leicester Royal Infirmary and Honorary Associate Professor in the Department of Respiratory Sciences.

Dr Tang’s research work centres on respiratory viruses – how they cause disease, how they spread and how they can be controlled – particularly focusing on aerosol and airborne transmission. He has developed international collaborative networks with other virologists, physicians, epidemiologists and engineers over the last 20 years to further this work.

Here in Leicester, one of his projects involves working with Professor Mike Barer on the use of 3D printed polyvinyl acetate strips in surgical masks to trap exhaled pathogens – including respiratory viruses. Currently, these masks are being developed for use in detecting SARS-CoV-2 in suspected COVID-19 patients before and as their symptoms develop. This early detection method has already been explored with TB, and can be extended further to other respiratory infections of clinical importance, such as influenza, RSV (respiratory syncytial virus) and parainfluenza viruses.