Prior to submitting an application for admission, you must secure a potential supervisor. Details of the School’s academics can be found below – please note, when contacting a supervisor email is the preferred method.

It can be confusing to contact several supervisors at once and we recommend you contact one supervisor at a time.

The following details should be included in your initial email:

  • Your proposed research - including a research proposal would be beneficial, however, it is not essential
  • How the chosen supervisors’ experience or knowledge is relevant to your research
  • A copy of your CV
  • Your relevant experience/background in the field of your chosen research
  • Your desired start date (if known) 
  • How you intend to fund the Degree
  • How you intend to fund the Degree

***Supervisors are unlikely to reply if you have not included all the details listed above***

Many supervisors receive a large number of emails each day, so please be patient whilst waiting for a response. We recommend applicants send a follow-up email if no response has been received within a three week period.

Alternatively, applicants who have identified a suitable supervisor can contact the PhD Administrator if they have not received a response to their initial email.

Supervisor list

Dr David Aanensen

Staff profile
Job title:
Senior Lecturer, Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology
Research Interests: Microbial Genomics and Genomic Epidemiology, Translational bioinformatics for public and global health

Sir Roy Anderson

Staff profile
Job title:
Professor in Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology
Research Interests: Host interaction between pathogens and the immune system; spread, persistence and transmission dynamics of genotypes within pathogen populations; impact and control of diseases within communities.

Dr Toby Andrew

Staff profile
Job title:
Lecturer in Human Genetics, Department of Genomics of Common Disease
Research interests: Genetics of metabolic disease and common myopia, with an emphasis on mitochondrial function.

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Dr Toby Andrew

Staff profile
Job title:
Lecturer in Human Genetics, Department of Genomics of Common Disease
Research interests: Genetics of metabolic disease and common myopia, with an emphasis on mitochondrial function.

Dr Nimalan Arinaminpathy

Staff profile
Job title: Senior Lecturer in Population Biology, Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology
Research interests: The interface between health/economic systems and infectious diseases, particularly in the context of human tuberculosis. This includes understanding how health systems shape the control of infectious diseases and studying financing mechanisms for the supply of drugs to countries in need.

Professor Deborah Ashby

Staff profile
Job title Chair in Medical Statistics and Clinical Trials, Imperial Clinical Trial Unit
Research interests: Clinical trials, risk-benefit decision making for medicines, and the utility of Bayesian approaches in these areas.

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Professor Paul Aylin

Staff profile
Job title: Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health, Department of Primary Care and Public Health.
Research interests: Using routinely collected administrative data to explore variations in the quality and safety of healthcare with the aim of improving patient care

Professor Maria-Gloria Basanez

Staff profile
Job title: Professor of Neglected Tropical Diseases, Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology
Research interests: Epidemiology and control of helminthiases in general, and population biology of indirectly-transmitted macroparasites in particular, with emphasis on River Blindness. My interests range from vector biology and transmission studies, to development of mathematical models to aid control policy.

Dr Marta Blangiardo

Staff profile
Job title: Senior Lecturer in Biostatistics, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Research interests: Bayesian modelling of exposure to air pollutants, integration of air pollution concentration from different sources; Bayesian hierarchical models for combining individual and ecological data in epidemiological studies; Bayesian measurement error models.

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Professor Marie-Claude Boily

Staff profile
Job title: Professor of Mathematical Epidemiology, Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology
Research interests: The use of mathematical models to understand the spread of HIV/STI, to evaluate prevention strategies and to validate and improve epidemiological study designs and analysis.

Dr R Alex Bottle

Staff profile
Job title: Senior Lecturer, Department of Primary Care and Public Health
Research interests: Using routinely collected data to explore variations in health service quality and safety with the aim of improving patient care

Dr Josip Car

Staff profile
Job title: Reader in Primary Care and eHealth, Department of Primary Care and Public Health
Research interests: eHealth, mHealth, health systems and population health research

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Dr Marc Chadeau

Staff profile
Job title: Lecturer in Statistical Bioinformatics, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Research interests: The application of novel statistical approaches to answer biologically/epidemiologically-driven questions. Main focuses include computationally efficient models for profiling from high-throughput platform and dynamic models for disease progression.

Dr John Chambers

Staff profile
Job title: Reader in Cardiovascular Epidemiology, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Research interests: Investigation of genetic and environmental mechanisms underlying obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and related phenotypic disturbances in Indian Asians

Dr Thomas Churcher

Staff profile
Job title: Lecturer in Infectious Disease Dynamics, Department of infectious Disease Epidemiology
Research interests: Use of mathematical models to understand the epidemiology and control of malaria. Of particular interest is how the biology of the parasite will influence the resilience of the parasite to the success of different control interventions.

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Dr Lachlan Coin

Staff profile
Job title: Senior Lecturer in Statistical Genomics, Department of Genomics of Common Disease
Research interests: Various statistical and mathematical problems in genomics. I am particularly interested in building mathematical models to identify genetic variants in high-throughput genomics data.

***Please note, Dr Coin is currently based aboard and will only be available to act as a second supervisor***

Dr Lesong Conteh

Staff profile
Job title: Senior Lecturer in Health Economics, Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology
Research interests: The economics of malaria; the market for community health workers; perceptions of quality in health care delivery; the interface between economic and dynamic disease modelling.

Dr David Cox

Staff profile
Job title: Senior Lecturer, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Research interests: Genetic epidemiology of disease risk and progression, particularly in cancer, using genome-wide data from prospective and case cohorts. Additional interests include the psycho-social impacts of communicating genetic risk, and how this may influence behaviour of the healthy patient and their interactions with their clinicians

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Dr Amanda Cross

Staff profile
Job title: Senior Lecturer in Cancer Epidemiology, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Research interests: Gastrointestinal malignancies and etiologic studies of lifestyle factors and cancer risk.

Professor Frank De Wolf

Staff profile
Job title: Chair in Clinical Retovirology, Department of Infectious Diseases Epidemiology
Research interests: Human immunodeficiency virus infections.

Dr Xavier Didelot

Staff profile
Job title: Lecturer in Pathogen Genetics, Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology
Research interests: Analysis of genomic data in order to improve our understanding of bacterial evolution, epidemiology, ecology and pathogenicity.

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Professor Christl Donnelly

Staff profile
Job title: Professor of Statistical Epidemiology, Department of infectious Disease Epidemiology
Research interests: Combining statistical and biomathematical methods to analyze epidemiological patterns of infectious diseases; outbreak response; Ebola, SARS, pandemic influenza, bovine tuberculosis (TB), diseases of livestock and wildlife.

Professor Paul Elliott

Staff profile
Job title: Chair in Epidemiology and Public Health Medicine, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Research interests: Environmental epidemiology and small area health statistics, genetic and molecular epidemiology, gene-environment interactions, nutritional epidemiology - high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease, cohort studies and biobanking, non-ionising radiation and health.

Dr Evangelos Evangelou

Staff profile
Job title: Senior Lecturer, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Research interests: Genetic/molecular Epidemiology, meta-analysis of large-scale genetic data, empirical research methodology, assessment of biases in primary studies and meta-analyses

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Professor Majid Ezzati

Staff profile
Job title: Chair in Global Environmental Health, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Research interests: Exposure to, and health effects of, environmental, behavioural, nutritional, and metabolic risk factors and their interventions at the population level.

Professor Alan Fenwick

Staff profile 
Job title: Professor of Tropical Parasitology, Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology
Research interests: Schistosomiasis, intestinal helminths and other Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs)

Professor Neil Ferguson

Staff profile
Job title: Head of Department, Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Director of the MRC Centre for Outbreak Analysis and Modelling
Research interests: Epidemiology, evolution and control of infectious diseases (notably dengue, influenza, ebola and malaria), mathematical modelling, statistical inference in epidemiology

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Dr Filippos Filippidis

Staff profile
Job title: Lecturer in Public Health, Department of Primary Care and Public Health
Research interests: Epidemiology of tobacco use and tobacco control policies, health-related behaviours (diet, physical activity etc.) and their association with cardiovascular disease and other chronic diseases.

Professor Matthew Fisher

Staff profile
Job title: Professor of fungal Disease Epidemiology, Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology
Research interests:Using an evolutionary framework to investigate the biological and environmental factors that are driving emerging fungal diseases in both human, wildlife and plant species. My group generates large population genomic datasets and uses innovative analytical techniques to understand diseases spanning a variety of outbreak settings that include most of the worlds biomes: this research involves broad collaborations worldwide and is widely translated into policy.

Professor Christophe Fraser

Staff profile
Job title: Professor of Theoretical Epidemiology, Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology
Research interests: The population biology of infectious diseases; developing applied methods for use in the public health arena, using a spectrum of tools ranging from simple mathematical models to complex computer simulations.

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Professor Philippe Froguel

Staff profile
Job title: Chair in Genomic Medicine, Department of Genomics of Common Disease
Research interests: The genetics and epigenetics of diabetes and obesity, metabolomics and personalised medicine

Professor Azra Ghani

Staff profile
Job title: Chair in infectious Disease Epidemiology, Department of infectious Disease Epidemiology
Research interests: Epidemiology, control and elimination of malaria focusing on the development and application of mathematical models

Professor Nicholas Grassly

Staff profile
Job title: Professor of Infectious Disease and Vaccine Epidemiology, Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology
Research interests: Infectious diseases, particularly intestinal infections, and the role of vaccines in their prevention.

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Professor Simon Gregson

Staff profile
Job title: Professor in Demography and Behavioural Science, Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology
Research interests: The dynamics of spread, impact and control of HIV epidemics in sub-Saharan Africa

Dr John Gulliver

Staff profile
Job title: Senior Lecturer in Environmental Science, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Research interests: Modelling and measuring environmental exposures with a focus on air pollution and noise; innovative methods in using GIS for personal exposure modelling, application of environmental sensors in exposure studies, modelling historic air pollution exposure for use in studies on lifecourse epidemiology.

Dr Marc Gunter

Staff profile
Job title: Reader in Cancer Epidemiology, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Research interests: The role of metabolic and endocrine pathways in cancer development and prognosis.

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Professor Timothy Hallett

Staff profile
Job title: Professor Global Health, Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology
Research interests: The development and application of mathematical models for the heterosexual HIV epidemic in sub-Saharan Africa.

Dr Anna Hansell

Staff profile
Job title: Clinical Senior Lecturer, Assistant Director of the SAHSU, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Research interests: Environmental epidemiology and small area studies. Main research interests are in health effects of noise and air pollution exposures, respiratory epidemiology, impacts of the physical environment on health.

Dr Katharina Hauck

Staff profile
Job title: Senior Lecturer in Health Economics, Department of infectious Disease Epidemiology
Research interests: Economics of infectious diseases and empirical health economics, specifically economics of healthcare systems that aim to control infectious disease, cost-effectiveness analysis of dynamic disease transmission models, and incorporating human behaviour in models of infectious disease.

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Dr Susan Hodgson

Staff profile
Job title: Lecturer in Environmental Epidemiology and Exposure Assessment, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Research interests: Exposure assessment, spatial epidemiology, routine health data analysis and biomarkers of exposure and effect

Professor Marjo-Riitta Jarvelin

Staff profile
Job title: Chair in Lifecourse Epidemiology, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Research interests:

Dr Thibaut Jombart

Staff profile
Job title: Lecturer in Genetic Analysis, Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology
Research interests: Using simulations to understand which and how biological processes shape the genetic diversity observed in biological populations. Developing novel statistical approaches for extracting information from pathogen genomes and gain insights into the spatio-temporal dynamics of infectious diseases.

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Professor Azeem Majeed

Staff profile
Job title: Chair in Primary Care and Public Health and Head of Department, Department of Primary Care and Public Health
Research interests: Chronic disease management, particularly diabetes and cardiovascular disorders; health policy and the organisation and delivery of health care; the use of information for policy, planning and research; developing innovative methodologies for primary care and public health research using clinical and administrative databases; the use of new technology to improve health care.

Please note: Professor Majeed is currently unable to support any more students.

Professor Lefkos Middleton

Staff profile
Job title: Chair in Clinical Neurology, Neuroepidemiology and Aging Unit
Research interests: The respective role of genetic and environmental factors in the etiology of Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease and in prevention strategies for these diseases.

Dr Christopher Millett

Staff profile
Job title: Professor in Public Health, Department of Primary Care and Public Health
Research interests: Public health policy evaluation, with a particular interest in health inequality impact. The main areas of his research currently include tobacco control, active travel, improving the management of chronic disease, financial protection in health systems

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Dr Kris Murray

Staff profile
Job title: Lecturer in Global Change Ecology, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics/the Grantham Institute for Climate Change and the Environment
Research interests: Global environmental change impacts on health, climate change, adaptation and mitigation, infectious diseases, biogeography, biodiversity, snakebite, ecosystem services, health and well-being

Dr Teresa Norat

Staff profile
Job title: Principal Research Fellow, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Research interests:

Dr Pierre Nouvellet

Staff profile
Job title: Lecturer in Infectious Disease Modelling, Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology
Research interests: Epidemiology and ecology.

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Dr John O’Donoghue

Staff profile
Job title: Senior Lecturer in eHealth and Deputy Director in Global eHealth, Department of Primary Care and Public Health.
Research interests: The development and evaluation of mHealth (Apps) and eHealth applications (including smart devices, wearable technology etc), the assessment of Data Quality (DQ) and its impact on healthcare delivery including patient safety, sustainable eHealth systems for developed and developing countries, eLearning for healthcare professionals as part of capacity building and sustainability.

Dr Robert Perneczky

Staff profile
Job title: Reader in Cognitive Impairment and Dementia, Neuroepidemiology and Aging Unit
Research interests: Dementia, biomarkers, neuroepidemiology, Alzheimer, Parkinson, neuroimaging, genetics.

Dr Inga Prokopenko

Staff profile
Job title: Senior Lecturer in Human Genomics, Department of Genomics of Common Disease
Research interests: Genetics of co-morbid states, including type 2 diabetes, cancer, Parkinson’s disease and depression, glycaemic traits and growth phenotypes, through large-scale genome-wide association studies, their meta-analyses based on genotyping, imputation and sequencing in combination with omics data. Development of methods for the multi-phenotype and high-dimensional data analysis; applications of these methods to multi-platform omics data within large-scale studies.

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Professor Salman Rawaf

Staff profile
Job title: Director of WHO Collaborating Centre, Department of Primary Care and Public Health
Research interests: Health systems organisation and management, primary care organisation, public health, NCD, training and medical education, and translation of research findings

Professor Elio Riboli

Staff profile
Job title: Director of the School of Public Health
Research interests: Cancer epidemiology, Nutrition, nutritional and metabolic status.

Dr Steven Riley

Staff profile
Job title: Professor in the Ecology and Epidemiology of Infectious Disease, Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology
Research interests: The transmission of human pathogens. He conducts field studies, analyses data and uses mathematical models to look at scientific questions that are relevant to public health

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Dr Lesley Rushton

Staff profile
Job title: Reader in Primary Care, Department of Primary Care and Public Health
Research interests: Finding better ways to prevent, detect and treat childhood illness

Dr Sonia Saxena

Staff profile
Job title: Reader in Primary Care, Department of Primary Care and Public Health
Research interests: Finding better ways to prevent, detect and treat childhood illness

Dr Korbinian Strimmer

Staff profile
Job title: Reader in Biostatistics and Computational Biology, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Research interests: Methods in statistics and machine learning for analyzing large scale high-dimensional omics and other life science data

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Dr Mireille Toledano

Staff profile
Job title: Senior Lecturer in Epidemiology, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Research interests: Environmental and spatial epidemiology, with particular interests in non-ionizing radiation, reproductive outcomes, and early life environmental exposures.

Dr Joanna Tzoulaki

Staff profile
Job title: Senior Lecturer, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Research interests: Prediction and prognostic models for chronic diseases, environmental and genetic determinants of cardiovascular and metabolic diseases, empirical research methodology, assessment of biases in primary studies and meta-analyses

Professor Paolo Vineis

Staff profile
Job title: Chair in Environmental Epidemiology, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Research interests: Molecular epidemiology, exposomics. Social epidemiology, poverty, economic crisis and health. Cancer epidemiology. Models of carcinogenesis. Air pollution. Epigenetics. Metabolomics. Adductomics.

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Dr Erik Volz

Staff profile
Job title: Lecturer in Population Biology of Infectious Diseases, Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology
Research interests: Interaction of epidemiological dynamics and evolution of pathogens

Professor Helen Ward

Staff profile
Job title: Professor of Public Health, Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology
Research interests:

Dr Petra Wark

Staff profile
Job title: Assistant Director of Global eHealth Unit, Department of Primary Care and Public Health
Research interests: The use, development and characteristics of dietary and lifestyle assessment using web-based instruments, wearable devices and apps.

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Dr Peter White

Staff profile
Job title: Reader, Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, and Head of the Modelling and Economics Unit at Public Health England
Research interests: Health systems research and mathematical modelling of the epidemiology of, and (cost-) effectiveness of, interventions against, sexually transmitted infections (including HIV), TB, and influenza.

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