Dr Bowman is an epidemiologist with expertise in vector-borne diseases, particularly Aedes-borne arboviruses. He has spent over 10 years working in low- and middle-income countries on dengue, Zika and chikungunya, in particular managing field trials, capacity building, gathering primary data and on emergency deployment.
Dr Bowman is a Teaching Fellow here at Imperial College, Consultant Epidemiologist with the World Health Organisation and Chief Scientist at the British Exploring Society. He also lectures on arboviruses at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.
Dr Bowman read for an MSc in the Control of Infectious Diseases at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and joined the Department of Disease Control to work on behaviour change campaigns with Prof Val Curtis. Thereafter he moved to the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine where he read for a PhD in dengue epidemiology with Prof Philip McCall. This led to work with the World Health Organisation, implementing his PhD research on dengue outbreak early warning systems across Latin America and South-East Asia with Prof Piero Olliaro. Further work with WHO in West Africa during the Zika pandemic was complemented by collaborative policy outputs with the International Federation for the Red Cross, aimed at engaging communities in dengue control.
After securing competitive funding and working as a post-doc in Sweden, Dr Bowman then joined Imperial where he is currently developing modules for the Global Masters in Public Health and supervising MSc students. Dr Bowman continues to consult for the World Health Organisation and is developing the Nepal National Guidelines for Dengue Prevention, Management and Control. In his spare time, Leigh can be found outdoors on expedition, leading scientists and engaging the next generation in remote wilderness environments with the British Exploring Society.
Dr Bowman is particularly interested in field epidemiology and is keen to understand how our interactions with the natural world can influence emerging disease and conservation practice; also whether vector control can sustainably limit arbovirus transmission.
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