Research Groups in Infectious Disease Epidemiology
The Department conducts research in a broad range of subject areas and with a large number of collaborators, both within Imperial and externally:
Applied HIV Epidemiology (Dr Timothy Hallett)
We are interested in tracking the course of the global epidemic of HIV, understanding how transmission is supported, examining the potential to reduce the spread, and evaluating the impact of programmes.
Bioinformatics (Dr David Aanensen)
Our research focusses on the use and development of bioinformatic web applications for infectious disease microbiology. We provide global resources and analytic methods for the molecular typing of microbial pathogens of importance to public health.
Dynamics, evolution and control of epidemics (Professor Neil Ferguson OBE FMedSci)
Our research aims to improve understanding of the epidemiological factors and population processes shaping infectious disease spread in human and animal populations.
Emerging Fungal Infections (Dr Matthew Fisher)
Our research uses an evolutionary framework to investigate the biological and environmental factors that are driving fungal diseases in both human and wildlife species.
Evolutionary Epidemiology (Professor Christophe Fraser)
We develop theory on the dynamics of pathogen spread and evolution, we analyse epidemiological and genetic data, and we apply our findings to improve public health.
Helminth Ecology (Professor Maria-Gloria Basáñez)
We focus on epidemiology, evolution, and control of helminthiases generally, and population biology of indirectly-transmitted macroparasites particularly. Case studies include onchocerciasis, from vector biology and transmission to development of mathematical models.
Malaria (Professor Azra Ghani)
Malaria remains a leading cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide, the majority of which occur in sub-Saharan Africa. Malaria infection is caused by the Plasmodium parasite which is transmitted by the Anopheles mosquito when it feeds on humans.
Partnership for Child Development (Dr Lesley Drake)
Based on our experiences of school health programming and child development issues over the past ten years, PCD has become an internationally recognised expert organization in this field.
Sexually Transmitted Diseases (Professor Geoffrey Garnett)
Our research covers the epidemiology, evolution and control of sexually transmitted infections focussing on interpreting surveilance data, understanding patterns of risk behaviour and designing and evaluating interventions.
STI Prevention and Control (Professor Helen Ward)
Sexually transmitted infections remain a major health problem globally and locally. We are interested in a broad range of research tools to explore the epidemiology of STI with a view to informing interventions. We work closely with social scientists, clinicians, laboratory researchers and public health policy makers.
Understanding and Preventing HIV and STI Transmission (Dr Marie-Claude Boily)
Our work uses empirical data and different modelling techniques to study the determinants of STIs and HIV transmission. We aim to better understand STI and HIV/AIDS transmission and assess the impact of interventions.