Imperial College London


Faculty of MedicineSchool of Public Health

Visiting Researcher



+44 (0)20 7594 3217simon.ohanlon Website CV




VG26Medical SchoolSt Mary's Campus





I am a Research Associate in the Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, currently working in the Helminth Ecology Research Group on onchocerciasis (River Blindness). I recently completed a post-doc in the Fungal Disease Epidemiology research group, investigating the spatial epidemiology and population genomics of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (the amphibian-killing chytrid fungus). I used data from next-generation sequencing (Illumina HiSeq and MinION) to investigate the timing and origin of the expansion of this deadly fungus..

In my current role I work as part of the Neglected Tropical Disease Modelling Consortium (NTD MC) on a project to link geo-spatial mapping and transmission modelling to assess the impact of different intervention strategies against NTDs including onchocerciasis, lymphatic filariasis and sleeping sickness (Gambian human African trypanosomiasis) in Africa.

I am specifically using the onchocerciasis disease transmission model EPIONCHO to provide estimates of future trends in infection under different control scenarios. The main objectives of the project are:

  • to inform local authorities and national control programs about the efficiency of implementing suggested intervention schemes.
  • to identify areas that may require additional treatment to achieve the 2020 goals set by the WHO to eliminate these NTDs as a public health problem.

Recent Asian origin of amphibian Chytridiomycosis



Fisher MC, Ghosh P, Shelton JMG, et al., 2018, Development and worldwide use of non-lethal, and minimal population-level impact, protocols for the isolation of amphibian chytrid fungi, Scientific Reports, Vol:8, ISSN:2045-2322

O'Hanlon SJ, Rieux A, Farrer RA, et al., 2018, Recent Asian origin of chytrid fungi causing global amphibian declines, Science, Vol:360, ISSN:0036-8075, Pages:621-+

Valenzuela-Sanchez A, O'Hanlon SJ, Alvarado-Rybak M, et al., 2018, Genomic epidemiology of the emerging pathogen Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis from native and invasive amphibian species in Chile, Transboundary and Emerging Diseases, Vol:65, ISSN:1865-1674, Pages:309-314

Bates KA, Clare FC, O'Hanlon S, et al., 2018, Amphibian chytridiomycosis outbreak dynamics are linked with host skin bacterial community structure, Nature Communications, Vol:9, ISSN:2041-1723

Cano J, Basanez M-G, O'Hanlon SJ, et al., 2018, Identifying co-endemic areas for major filarial infections in sub-Saharan Africa: seeking synergies and preventing severe adverse events during mass drug administration campaigns, Parasites & Vectors, Vol:11, ISSN:1756-3305

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