Group Members

Richard White
Professor in Infectious Disease Modelling

Richard has a broad interest in the use of models to better understand the transmission, prevention, and care of TB. He has particular interests in the use of models to improve TB prevention and care decision making at global and country level, and to accelerate the development of new TB vaccines.

Richard is director of the TB Modelling and Analysis Consortium (TB MAC) 

Rein Houben
Associate Professor in Infectious Disease Epidemiology

Rein is a TB epidemiologist who applies modelling methods to address questions on latent TB infection and social determinants of TB, as well as to inform TB policy decisions. He provides epidemiological support for the TB Modelling and Analysis Consortium (TB MAC) and leads the development and implementation of TIME.

Emilia Vynnycky
Associate Professor

Emilia’s main interest is using mathematical models and molecular data to understand the natural history, epidemiology and control of TB.

Tom Sumner
Assistant Professor

Tom is interested in using models to predict and understand the impact of interventions. His current work is focused on the use of preventive therapy in high HIV prevalence settings.

Finn McQuaid
Assistant Professor in Infectious Disease Modelling

Finn is interested in using mathematical models to improve understanding of TB infection and prevention, including the role of latency in the natural history of TB, and the impact of vaccines in the context of drug resistant TB. He is also the secretariat epidemiologist for the TB Modelling and Analysis Consortium (TB MAC).

Nicky McCreesh
Assistant Professor in Infectious Disease Modelling

Nicky is interested in spatial aspects of Mtb transmission and TB case finding. She uses mathematical modelling and data analysis to investigate how a better understanding of the spatial distribution of key Mtb transmission sites and the households of TB cases can be used to develop targeted infection control and/or case finding interventions. She works primarily in high-TB, high-HIV sub-Saharan settings.

Marek Lalli
Research Fellow

Marek’s focus is developing components of the TIME model and its in-country application. He provides epidemiological support to National TB Programmes throughout the programming cycle and plays a key role in the country dialogue process. He models interventions from National Strategic Plans in TIME Impact to generate short and long-term projections of the TB epidemic and provides recommendations for discussion amongst stakeholders.

Debora Pedrazzoli
Research Fellow

Debora provides epidemiological and mathematical modelling support to countries during their submission to the Global Fund under the ‘New Funding Model’, by applying and developing the TIME model. She leads the development of TIME Economics, a module in TIME which is intended to address TB-specific allocative efficiency and cost-effectiveness questions.

Debora’s primary interest is in the socio-economic epidemiology of TB. Her research focuses on modelling the impact of social and structural drivers on TB epidemiology, and in evaluating interventions to address TB and social inequalities.

Rebecca Harris
Research Degree Student

Rebecca is an epidemiologist and mathematical modeller using modelling to estimate the impact of promising new TB vaccines in high burden settings, with the goal of informing development of candidates with the greatest potential public health impact. This will include modelling vaccine impact in settings with high rates of HIV-TB co-infection, and in low HIV-prevalence settings undergoing population ageing. She also has an interest in spatial epidemiology, and has developed ePAL, a low cost tool for spatial mapping of the place of residence of patients in low income settings without formal address systems.

Katherine Horton
Research Degree Student

Katherine’s work focuses on gender disparities in TB burden and access to or utilisation of diagnostic and treatment services. She is exploring the importance of addressing men’s burden of disease and disadvantage in TB care as an issue not only for men’s health and gender equity but for broader TB prevention and care.

Sophie Rhodes
Research Degree Student

Sophie is focusing on modelling to accelerate TB vaccine candidate selection. She will be using data on immune responses to varying doses of a new TB vaccine in animals and models to predict the same responses in humans using this data. She is collaborating with researchers at AERAS, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, INSERM and the University of Michigan.

Sean Cavany
Research Degree Student

Sean is using modelling to help optimise contact tracing strategies for UK TB control. He is working with researchers at Public Health England and LSHTM.

Christina Albertsen
TB MAC Project Manager

Christina has worked at The University of Westminster, and Imperial College before joining The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in October 2010. Her background is research grant administration, and project management and from June 2015, she will be the Administrator for the Consortium.

Kristian Godfrey
USAID Project Manager

Kristian’s background is in project management and administration in international development settings, and his role within the group is the coordination and management of the Methods for allocative efficiency of the Global Fund TB, HIV and malaria country grants project, funded by USAID.

Group members at other institutions

Pete Dodd
University of Sheffield

While at LSHTM, Pete used TB/HIV models to better understand the Zambia-South Africa TB and AIDS Reduction study and the role of contact patterns in TB transmission.

Pete is now an MRC fellowship holder at the School of Health and Related Research at the University of Sheffield, with particular interests in paediatric TB, burden estimation and health economics.

Gwen Knight
Imperial College

While at LSHTM she was working on projects looking at population level control measures for TB: the impact of future vaccines, control measures in South Africa and the benefit of shortened drug regimens. At the “bug” level she was working with UCL on antibiotic resistance within TB.

Gwen is now a Career Development Fellow at the HPRU in Healthcare Associated Infections and Antimicrobial Resistance at Imperial College London.

Former group members

Adrienne Keen

While at LSHTM, Adrienne’s used simulation modelling to facilitate interpretation of DNA fingerprints of M. tuberculosis isolates, for estimating the proportion of disease due to recent transmission and due to reactivation of older or imported M. tuberculosis infections. Adrienne is now a Senior Research Associate at MAPI.

Natascha Meunier

Natascha completed at PhD under the supervision of Richard White and Prof. Richard Kock (RVC), funded by a Bloomsbury Colleges PhD fellowship. Her project focused on bovine TB in African buffalo, Ugandan kob and cattle around the Queen Elizabeth National Park in western Uganda and the interactions of wildlife and livestock in this ecosystem. Natascha is now a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Edinburgh.

Olivia Ross-Hurst

While in the TB group, Olivia was Administrator of the TB Modelling and Analysis Consortium (TB MAC) . Olivia is now Overseas Projects Coordinator for the Mwanza Intervention Trials Unit (MITU) project at LSHTM.

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