I am a research associate working in the MRC centre for Outbreak Analysis and Modelling in the Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology
My research focusses on providing academic insight and policy-relevant recommendations for applied questions in malaria control. I am particularly interested in pursuing research on the effectiveness, cost-effectiveness and implementation of malaria control interventions. I combine my background in vector biology, epidemiology, field-work and mathematical modelling to investigate questions of this nature with a practical focus.
I am currently working on a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation funded project to develop mathematical models in order to guide and evaluate malaria control and elimination programmes in malaria endemic areas. As part of this project I have been evaluating methods to improve global resource allocation to optimise funding of malaria interventions as well as country-specific intervention packages using a spatial model. I have also focussed on estimating cost-effective scale up of current and novel interventions against malaria across a diverse epidemiological landscape.
Alongside malaria, I have research interests in a number of neglected tropical diseases. I have designed and continue to be involved in the development of a transmission model of the Taenia solium, Cysticercosis disease system. I am an assistant supervisor of a PhD student working to further develop, fit and validate and link this model to programmatic costing data. My own PhD focussed on assessing and optimising the use of transgenic insects as a novel vector control technique and I have a continued interest in current and future vector-control solutions. I was also involved in field and lab work for a project investigating the host seeking behaviour of blackflies to improve models of Onchocerciasis.
et al., 2017, Assessing the impact of intervention strategies against Taenia solium cysticercosis using the EPICYST transmission model, Parasites & Vectors, Vol:10, ISSN:1756-3305
et al., 2017, Modelling the cost-effectiveness of introducing the RTS,S malaria vaccine relative to scaling up other malaria interventions in sub-Saharan Africa, Bmj Global Health, Vol:2, ISSN:2059-7908
et al., 2016, Onchocerciasis transmission in Ghana: the human blood index of sibling species of the Simulium damnosum complex, Parasites & Vectors, Vol:9, ISSN:1756-3305
et al., 2015, Assessment of the Impact of Potential Tetracycline Exposure on the Phenotype of Aedes aegypti OX513A: Implications for Field Use, Plos Neglected Tropical Diseases, Vol:9, ISSN:1935-2735
et al., 2015, Onchocerciasis Transmission in Ghana: Persistence under Different Control Strategies and the Role of the Simuliid Vectors, Plos Neglected Tropical Diseases, Vol:9, ISSN:1935-2735