Helen Savage

MRC DTP PhD Candidate

I studied Medicine at University of Sheffield from 2006 to 2011 and since graduating have undertaken an MSc in Global Health at the University of Manchester. I first came to LSTM in 2014 to study for the Diploma in Tropical Medicine. I have now been a practicing clinician for 10 years and I am currently a Specialist Registrar in Infectious diseases and Medical Microbiology in Severn Deanery (Bristol).

My research focuses on sampling for diagnostics and how these can be improved in clinical settings. I am currently working on self-sampling for SARS-CoV-2 in Liverpool, United Kingdom, with the Centre for Drugs and Diagnostics and research into self-taken oral swabs to diagnose TB in Zankli Research Centre, Nigeria.

My other interests are modelling and attitudes to infection, prevention and control to protect healthcare workers in low resource settings.

I am currently the student trustee on LSTM Board of Trustees. I also work as a mentor for Global Health Fellows as part of HEE Global Health Partnerships to undertake quality improvement projects and develop leadership skills.