Following the completion of a BSc in Mathematical Sciences at the University of Bath, I undertook an MSc (Medical Statistics) and PhD (titled ‘Spatial and spatio-temporal statistical methods and their applications in epidemiology’) at Lancaster University (2006-2011). Under the supervision of Professor Peter Diggle, throughout my PhD I became involved in a number of projects in which the primary focus was to develop and apply statistical models to spatially referenced epidemiological data ranging from meningococcal disease cases in Merseyside, leptospirosis in Brazil and Loa loa and meningitis in West Africa.
On completion of my PhD I began my role as a postdoctoral researcher within the Filariasis Programme Support Unit (FPSU) at LSTM, where I utilised statistics methods and GIS to support a range of operational research activities relating to NTD control and elimination, with a primary focus on lymphatic filariasis elimination and morbidity management. Whilst undertaking this role, I developed my interest in mobile health (or mhealth), and have led the development of a range of mhealth tools that enable community health workers to engage further in disease control activities.
In 2015 I was awarded an MRC Population Health Scientist Fellowship entitled ‘A Spatial Framework for Optimising Control at the Local Level: Coordinated strategies for Neglected Tropical Diseases and Malaria (FOCAL-NTD)’.
My MRC fellowship has two primary aims: (1) to develop novel statistical approaches to identify spatial heterogeneities in disease distribution over relatively small geographical areas in order to allow better targeting of disease interventions, (2) to develop appropriate mobile phone-based tools to enable local-level monitoring of disease control/elimination activities. These methods and tools are being applied to the control and elimination of lymphatic filariasis, schistosomiasis and human African trypanosomiasis.
I teach on several MSc modules at LSTM, teaching statistics, spatial epidemiology and geographical information systems (GIS). I have to date also supervised a number of MSc projects that have involved fieldwork in Malawi and Ghana.
Other relevant expertise, professional memberships etc.
Member of the Royal Statistical Society, the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, and the British Society of Parasitology