Dr Deirdre Walshe

Managing Editor of the Cochrane Infectious Diseases Group

Areas of Interest

Cochrane; systematic reviews; neglected tropical diseases; medical and veterinary entomology; host-parasite interactions; tsetse biology; copy editing; proofreading


Deirdre joined the Cochrane Infectious Diseases Group (CIDG) in November 2011 as an Associate Editor. At the CIDG editorial base, she provides assistance with various writing and editing tasks, including technical editing and copy editing of Cochrane Reviews. She is an accredited Cochrane copy editor. Furthermore, she is responsible for the workflow management of a portfolio of Cochrane Reviews. Currently, she is a member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP) and the Committee of Publication Ethics (COPE). She has completed an editorial and proofreading course at the London School of Publishing and undertaken volunteer work with Imperial College Press.

Prior to joining CIDG, Deirdre studied Natural Sciences, specialising in Biochemistry, at Trinity College Dublin. She completed an MSc in Biology and Control of Parasites and Disease Vectors and subsequently a PhD entitled “A Functional Genomic Approach to Understanding Tsetse-Trypanosome Interactions” at LSTM. As a postdoctoral research assistant based with the Vector Group at LSTM, she was involved in several laboratory-based projects investigating the immune system of the tsetse fly vector and also undertook some field-based research in Kenya.

Other relevant expertise

  • COPE member
  • SfEP member
  • Accredited Cochrane copy editor
  • Cochrane Copy Edit Support team member