Infectious disease epidemiology
Our research spans a wide range of disease areas, including influenza, emerging infectious diseases, polio, malaria, HIV, sexually transmitted infections, TB, neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), and bacterial and fungal infections.
Our collaborative environment supports integration and collaboration between staff undertaking field/intervention research and those working on mathematical and statistical modelling.
Public health translation is a key motivation for all staff working in this area.
Our three main approaches to tackling the research challenges are:
- mathematical modelling of infectious disease through a multidisciplinary approach to support policy planning and response operations against emerging and endemic disease threats
- genetics and evolution, with a focus on developing methods for the integrated analysis of epidemiological and sequence data, understanding the co-evolution of virulence and transmission fitness of HIV, and analysing the structure and evolution of bacterial populations
- global health interventions including one of the largest malaria modelling research groups world-wide and the Wellcome Trust funded Manicaland cohort study which researches behavioural determinants and evaluating interventions for the HIV epidemic in Zimbabwe