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.