MRC GIDA must be the primary focus and research home, with fellowships based at the St Mary’s campus at Imperial College.

Primary supervisors must be within MRC GIDA, and eligible primary supervisors are listed below. Please get in touch directly with relevant supervisors to discuss your project and research interests as early as possible to allow sufficient time to develop your research and training proposals.

Applicants must have the agreement of their proposed supervisors prior to submitting an application.

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  • Professor Sir Roy Anderson

    Sir Roy Anderson

    Research interests

    Neglected Tropical Diseases. Interdisciplinary studies at the interface between medicine, biology, mathematics and computation.

  • Dr Nimalan Arinaminpathy

    Nimalan Arinaminpathy

    Research Interests

    Mathematical and statistical tools to study the spread and control of human tuberculosis, with a focus on India and South Asia. I have equal interest in both basic science and policy-focused questions.

  • Professor Maria-Gloria Basanez

    Maria-Gloria Basanez

    Research interests

    - Epidemiology and modelling of onchocerciasis and loiasis.
    - Epidemiology and modelling of chagas disease.
    - Epidemiology and modelling of taeniasis and cysticercosis.

  • Dr Samir Bhatt

    Samir Bhatt

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    Dr Samir Bhatt

    Research interests

    Development and application of inferential mathematical models to address policy-relevant questions about infectious diseases. My main areas of research concern Malaria and HIV. Methodologically, I am interested in spatial statistics, Gaussian processes, kernel machines and machine learning.

  • Professor Marie-Claude Boily

    Professor Marie-Claude Boily

    Research interests

    HIV and STI transmission and prevention, including vaccination, modelling, simulation of clinical trials and epidemiological studies (particularly multi-infection systems); prevention of STI and HIV among key populations; and fitting methods.

  • Professor Kalipso Chalkidou

    Kalipso Chalkidou

    Research interests

    Helping governments build technical and institutional capacity for using evidence to inform health policy as they move towards Universal Healthcare Coverage. I am interested in how local information, local expertise and local institutions can drive scientific and legitimate healthcare resource allocation decisions.

  • Dr Thomas Churcher

    Dr Thomas Churcher

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    Dr Thomas Churcher

    Research interests

    Developing an understanding of the best way to kill mosquitoes and eliminate vector-borne diseases through targeting transmission. My work concentrates on malaria though interests span a number of other parasitic infections as I believe much can be learnt from drawing parallels between different host-parasite systems.

  • Dr Lesong Conteh

    Dr Lesong Conteh

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    Dr Lesong Conteh

    Research interests

    - The economics of malaria.
    - Exploring the interface between infectious disease modelling and health economics.
    - Investigating the use of research outputs to inform resource allocation.

  • Dr Anne Cori

    Anne Cori

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    Dr Anne Cori

    Research interests

    Developing statistical methods to understand dynamics of epidemics and inform control policies.  I am interested in developing methods to be used in real time, for a range of pathogens, to characterise transmissibility, detect changes in transmission patterns and predict outbreak trajectories.

  • Dr Nicholas Croucher

    Nick Croucher

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    Dr Nicholas Croucher

    Research interests

    Evolutionary epidemiology of diverse bacterial pathogens, particularly Streptococcus pneumoniae. Understanding this pathogen's population genetics is critical when designing vaccines targeting its variable antigens, particularly when aiming to inhibit the spread of highly invasive and multidrug-resistant strains.

  • Professor Christl Donnelly

    Professor Christl Donnelly

    Research interests

    The interface of epidemiology and statistics to understand the transmission and control of infectious diseases, especially in outbreaks. The work involves coordinated statistical analysis and transmission modelling, bringing together skills from biostatistics, mathematical modelling, computing, ecology and demography.

  • Dr Ilaria Dorigatti

    Ilaria Dorigatti

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    Dr Ilaria Dorigatti

    Research interests

    Arbovirus analysis and modelling

  • Dr Jeff Eaton

    Dr Jeff Eaton Imperial College London

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    Dr Jeff Eaton

    Research interests

    My research involves developing new mathematical models, statistical methods, and surveillance data sources to understand trends in HIV epidemics in sub-Saharan Africa and their impact on population health, characterize HIV transmission dynamics, and evaluate the impact of intervention programmes.

  • Professor Neil Ferguson

    Professor Neil Ferguson

    Research interests

    - Dynamics and control of emerging (e.g. Ebola, MERS-CoV, Zika) and mosquito-borne (dengue, Zika, Yellow Fever, Chikungunya, malaria) infections.
    - Modelling methodology (spatial inference, large-scale simulation, machine learning).

  • Professor Matthew Fisher

    Professor Matthew Fisher

    Research interests

    Patterns and processes leading to increases in emerging fungal pathogens and antifungal resistance wordwide. Specialising in the use of cutting-edge genomic tools, analysis and modelling to track fungal pathogens and their resistance to drugs in immunosuppressed clinical populations.

  • Dr Tini Garske

    Tini garske

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    Dr Tini Garske

    Affiliations

    - The global burden of yellow fever and its contributing transmission routes.
    - Outbreak analysis.
    - Impact of childhood vaccinations on the global disease burden.

  • Professor Azra Ghani

    Professor Azra Ghani

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    Professor Azra Ghani

    Research interests

    Malaria transmission dynamics, control and elimination . The main focus of my current research is to develop models that can inform policies on how, where and when to implement different interventions against malaria to aid local elimination, and eventual eradication, of the parasite.

  • Professor Nicholas Grassly

    Professor Nicholas Grassly

    Research interests

    Infant intestinal microbiome and immune response; Causes of oral vaccine failure (rotavirus and poliovirus); Epidemiology of polio eradication and endgame strategy; Deep sequencing of sewage for poliovirus surveillance; Epidemiology and evolution of enteroviruses; Phylodynamic methods; Typhoid epidemiology in India

  • Professor Simon Gregson

    Professor Simon Gregson

    Research interests

    Field-based studies to evaluate public health interventions to reduce the spread and demographic impact of HIV, co-infections and comorbidities in populations in sub-Saharan Africa.

  • Professor Timothy Hallett

    Professor Timothy Hallett

    Research interests

    Global health analytics. Conducting data analysis, mathematical modelling and economic evaluation to inform decision making in health. Particular interests in HIV, Hepatitis B and C, health system strengthening and resource allocation in Africa and Asia.

  • Dr Katharina Hauck

    Dr Katharina Hauck

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    Dr Katharina Hauck

    Research interests

    The economics of infectious diseases and the evaluation of complex public health interventions. Specialising in the economics of HIV/AIDS, health system performance, priority setting and cost-effectiveness analysis, economic impact of epidemics, and the role of individual behaviour in infectious disease transmission.

  • Dr Thibaut Jombart

    Dr Thibaut Jombart, Imperial College London

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    Dr Thibaut Jombart

    Research interests

    Development of methodology and operational tools for outbreak response.

  • Dr Kris Murray

    Dr Kris Murray, Imperial College London

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    Dr Kris Murray

    Research interests

    The role of the environment and environmental change in influencing health outcomes in humans and wildlife, mostly looking at infectious disease risks.

  • Dr Lucy Okell

    Dr Lucy Okell, Imperial College London

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    Dr Lucy Okell

    Research interests

    Malaria epidemiology and modelling, specifically drugs, diagnostics and drug resistance.

  • Professor Steven Riley

    Professor Steven Riley, Imperial College London

    Research interests

    Transmission of human pathogens. Conducting field studies, analysing data and using mathematical models to look at public health questions: how does our pattern of social contacts affect the transmission of respiratory infections? How much more severe is one strain of influenza than another?

  • Dr Erik Volz

    Dr Erik Volz, Imperial College London

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    Dr Erik Volz

    Research interests

    Molecular epidemiological surveillance methods for infectious diseases. Developing new computational tools and mathematical models to use a combination of genetic, behavioural and clinical data to improve surveillance and forecasting.

  • Dr Patrick Walker

    Patrick Walker

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    Dr Patrick Walker

    Research interests

    Using mathematical models to understand the impact of interventions on malaria transmission and associated burden of disease, and to establish the optimal packages of interventions to achieve malaria elimination milestones.  I also have a strong research focus looking at the effects of malaria during pregnancy.

  • Dr Peter White

    Dr Peter White

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    Dr Peter White

    Research interests

    Health systems research, statistical analysis and mathematical modelling of the epidemiology of, and the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of interventions against, sexually transmitted infections (particularly gonorrhoea and Mycoplasma genitalium), tuberculosis, and influenza.