Derek Hood

Deafness – Otitis Media

I am a Senior Investigator Scientist at MRC Harwell. I am a microbiologist by training and since 2013 I have led a research programme that aims to utilise mouse models to study infectious and chronic middle disease (otitis media) that is associated with this most common cause of hearing loss in children. Genetically altered mice with otitis media allow us to investigate the genetics and pathways associated with the disease and infection with human bacterial otopathogens enable studies of host-microbial interactions and the immunobiology of acute infection. The mouse models also provide a useful means to test novel therapies to improve or prevent otitis media.

I obtained my BSc degree from the University of Edinburgh and my PhD degree from the University of Warwick. My interests outside work include doing things with the family, cycling, badminton, watching sport, cooking and reading.