Professor of Theoretical Epidemiology
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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.
The metabolic, virulence and antimicrobial resistance profiles of colonising Streptococcus pneumoniae shift after PCV13 introduction in urban Malawi.
Obolski U. et al, (2023), Nat Commun, 14
Evolution of pathogen virulence: Studying the complex interplay of pathogen interactions, virulence and transmission helps us understand how they evolve and spread.
Gupta S., (2023), EMBO Rep
As Omicron Takes Hold and Other New Variants Arise, COVID-19 Testing Remains the Universally Agreed Tool to Effect Transition From Pandemic to Endemic State.
Miller MB. et al, (2022), Front Public Health, 10
Malaria infection and severe disease risks in Africa.
Paton RS. et al, (2021), Science, 373, 926 - 931
Fatal COVID-19 outcomes are associated with an antibody response targeting epitopes shared with endemic coronaviruses
McNaughton AL. et al, (2021)