Sophie Owen

PhD Student

Before I joined LSTM in 2017, I worked as a research assistant in the Department of Oncology at the University of Oxford researching the pathogenesis of sepsis. I initially trained in biomedical science (BSc, The University of Sheffield, 2014) and immunology (MSc, Imperial College London, 2015).

I'm currently on a 4-year Medical Research Council (MRC) funded doctoral training programme (DTP) in the Centre for Drugs and Diagnostics Research supervised by Dr Emily Adams, Prof Luis Cuevas, and Dr Michelle Stanton on a project titled ‘development and evaluation of diagnostics for visceral leishmaniasis (VL) with a focus on people living with HIV and elimination settings.

We are currently working in collaboration with Médecins Sans Frontières and the Rajendra Memorial Research Institute of Medical Sciences in Patna, India.

I have conducted consultancy work for WHO-TDR on a VL diagnostics study in Bangladesh and India.

I am also carrying out assay development and evaluation in collaboration with the Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND), Geneva.


Oct 2018 – present: British Society of Parasitology