Imperial College London

Dr Laura Cooper

Faculty of MedicineSchool of Public Health

Research Associate in Epidemiology







Building E - Sir Michael UrenWhite City Campus





I use mathematical modelling and statistics to answer practical questions about vaccine impacts, infectious disease transmission and outbreak response to help improve public health in resource-limited settings. I have worked on a variety of vaccine-preventable infectious diseases, primarily bacterial meningitis and polio.

I am currently working on the epidemiology of vaccine-derived polioviruses as a research associate in the Vaccine Epidemiology Research Group with Dr. Isobel Blake and Dr. Nick Grassly.

Listen to my colleague Dr. Sam Okiror and myself talking about how population immunity has changed since 2016 and how best to respond to polio outbreaks in Africa. Link here

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Gray E, Cooper L, Bandyopadhyay A, et al., 2023, The origins and risk factors for serotype-2 vaccine-derived poliovirus (VDPV2) emergences in Africa during 2016-2019, Journal of Infectious Diseases, Vol:228, ISSN:0022-1899, Pages:80-88

Cooper LV, Bandyopadhyay AS, Gumede N, et al., 2022, Risk factors for the spread of vaccine-derived type 2 polioviruses after global withdrawal of trivalent oral poliovirus vaccine and the effects of outbreak responses with monovalent vaccine: a retrospective analysis of surveillance data for 51 countries in Africa, Lancet Infectious Diseases, Vol:22, ISSN:1473-3099, Pages:284-294

Cooper LV, Ronveaux O, Fernandez K, et al., 2019, Spatiotemporal Analysis of Serogroup C Meningococcal Meningitis Spread in Niger and Nigeria and Implications for Epidemic Response, Journal of Infectious Diseases, Vol:220, ISSN:0022-1899, Pages:S244-S252

Cooper LV, Stuart JM, Okot C, et al., 2019, Reactive vaccination as a control strategy for pneumococcal meningitis outbreaks in the African meningitis belt: Analysis of outbreak data from Ghana, Vaccine, Vol:37, ISSN:0264-410X, Pages:5657-5663

Cooper LV, Robson A, Trotter CL, et al., 2019, Risk factors for acquisition of meningococcal carriage in the African meningitis belt, Tropical Medicine & International Health, Vol:24, ISSN:1360-2276, Pages:392-400

Cooper L, Kristiansen PA, Christensen H, et al., 2019, Meningococcal carriage by age in the African meningitis belt: a systematic review and meta-analysis, Epidemiology and Infection, Vol:147, ISSN:0950-2688

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