Professor of Theoretical Epidemiology
- Harassment Officer
My main area of interest is the evolution of diversity in pathogens, with particular reference to the infectious disease agents that are responsible for malaria, influenza and bacterial meningitis. I use simple mathematical models to generate new hypotheses regarding the processes that determine the population structure of these pathogens. I work closely with laboratory and field scientists both to develop these hypotheses and to test them.
I have an interest in the public understanding of science and also in the connections between science and literature at the level of language and narrative.
Fatal COVID-19 outcomes are associated with an antibody response targeting epitopes shared with endemic coronaviruses
McNaughton AL. et al, (2021)
Convalescent plasma therapy for the treatment of patients with COVID-19: Assessment of methods available for antibody detection and their correlation with neutralising antibody levels.
Harvala H. et al, (2020), Transfus Med
Leveraging Epidemiological Principles to Evaluate Sweden's COVID-19 Response.
Baral S. et al, (2020), Ann Epidemiol
Detection of neutralising antibodies to SARS-CoV-2 to determine population exposure in Scottish blood donors between March and May 2020.
Thompson CP. et al, (2020), Euro Surveill, 25
SARS-CoV-2 antibody prevalence, titres and neutralising activity in an antenatal cohort, United Kingdom, 14 April to 15 June 2020.
Lumley SF. et al, (2020), Euro Surveill, 25