Team

Rachel Pullan

Dr Rachel Pullan

Dr Rachel Pullan

Rachel is an Assistant Professor in Infectious Disease Epidemiology in the Department of Disease Control at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. Rachel leads the London Applied & Spatial Epidemiology Research (LASER) group which specialises in GIS, spatial analysis, and field-based research including large cluster randomised trials of public health interventions. LASER develop and maintain the Global Atlas of Helminth Infections.

As well as general issues in the design and evaluation of NTD control programmes, her work focuses on contextual issues influencing the effectiveness of interventions.

Rachel has a first degree from Imperial College London, and an MSc and PhD from LSHTM. She is the Associate Director of the London Centre for NTD Research, Associate Editor with PLOS NTDs and a member of the STH Advisory Committee.

Jorge Cano Ortega

Dr Jorge Cano Ortega

Dr Jorge Cano Ortega

Jorge is an Assistant Professor in Spatial Epidemiology currently working on a GAHI project modelling the spatial distribution of lymphatic filariasis in Africa. He is responsible for the development of the global lymphatic filariasis database and keeping this data repository up-to-date.He is also providing GIS support and training to African countries implementing NTD control. Jorge has broad experience in using GIS for environmental modelling and has conducted epidemiological and entomological surveys related to vector-borne diseases in Equatorial Guinea and Mozambique.

Jorge’s PhD focused on the spatial distribution of tsetse fly populations and risk modelling of sleeping sickness transmission in Equatorial Guinea.

Katherine Halliday

Dr Katherine Halliday

Dr Katherine Halliday

Kate is an Assistant Professor at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. The focus of her work is operational research in Africa, specifically the evaluation of school-based health interventions, with the aim of providing robust evidence to guide policy makers. She has experience in conducting large-scale randomised trials in The Gambia, Kenya and Malawi.  Kate is currently coordinating the Tumikia Project, evaluating the impact of alternative deworming delivery strategies on soil-transmitted helmith transmission in Kenya. She also provides trial oversight on the Learner Treatment Kit study, evaluating the impact of a school-based programme of malaria diagnosis and treatment on school attendance on southern Malawi.

Kate’s PhD focused on evaluating the impact of school-based intermittent screening and treatment (IST) for malaria on health and education outcomes in school children in Kenya, specifically exploring the heterogeneity in risk, impact and process of the intervention.

Stefan Witek-McManus

Stefan is a Research Assistant at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. His work is focused on school-based malaria control. He is currently coordinating the Learner Treatment Kit Study to evaluation of impact and cost-effectiveness of a school-based programme of malaria diagnosis and treatment by teachers in Zomba, Malawi. This project is being implemented by the Ministries of Health and Education with the support of Save the Children.

He has an MSc in Control of Infectious Diseases from LSHTM and his thesis focused on evaluating a training programme for school teachers in the use of malaria rapid diagnostic tests in Malawi.

Jessie K. Hamon

Jessie Hamon

Jessie Hamon

Jessie is a Project Manager at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She has experience managing health systems strengthening projects and operational research in Tanzania, Rwanda and South Africa. She currently manages several field-based research projects focused on NTD control programmes, including large cluster randomised trials.

Jessie completed a first degree at McGill University and received an MSc in Community Health from the Université de Montréal. Her thesis focused on community efforts to address violence against women and girls in rural South Africa.

William Oswald

Dr William Oswald

Dr William Oswald

Will is a Research Fellow in the Department of Disease Control in the Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. He is currently working on the TUMIKIA Project to evaluate the impact of alternative deworming delivery strategies on soil-transmitted helminth infection in Kenya.

Will has a Bachelor’s degree in history from Kenyon College and a Master of Health Science degree from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He completed his PhD in Epidemiology at Emory University, focusing on the determinants and effects of community sanitation for the control of trachoma and soil-transmitted helminth infection in Amhara Region, Ethiopia.

 

Emanuele Giorgi

Dr Emanuele Giorgi

Dr Emanuele Giorgi

Emanuele is an MRC Fellow in Biostatistics based at Lancaster University. He is a statistician working at the interface between statistical methodology development and applications to spatial epidemiology of tropical diseases. He is currently working on the development of geostatistical methods to combine disease prevalence data from different diagnostics procedure, with a particular focus on lymphatic filariasis infection. He is also involved in the Tumikia project, by developing zero-inflated geostatistical models for soil-transmitted helminths risk mapping. He is the lead developer of PrevMap, an open-source R package which implements state-of-the-art methods for prevalence mapping.

He completed his PhD in Statistics and epidemiology at Lancaster University under the supervision of Prof. Peter Diggle. He is currently a lecturer at the Ghana and Tanzania centres of the African Institute of Mathematical Sciences.

Stella Kepha

Dr Stella Kepha

Dr Stella Kepha

Stella is a Research fellow at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She has laboratory and field research experience in randomised controlled trials. Her research interests have focused on control of helminths and helminth-malaria interaction among school children. Currently she is based full-time at the TUMIKIA project in Kwale County, Kenya. The trial is evaluating different deworming delivery strategies on the control of helminth transmission.

Stella’s PhD investigated the impact of repeated deworming on the risk of malaria among school children, using an individually randomised, open labelled trial.

Anwar Musah

Anwar Musah

Anwar Musah

Anwar is a Research Assistant at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. His work is broadly focused on collating and managing prevalence records on STHs/schistosomiasis obtained from peer-reviewed publications and other sources into GAHI database, and developing maps for illustrating the distribution of helminthic infections across the African, Asian-Pacific and Latin-American regions.

Anwar has a MSc in Modern Epidemiology from Imperial College London. He has recently completed his PhD at the University of Nottingham. This research focused on the potential impacts of environmental exposures to toxic geochemical elements on cancer risk in the UK population.

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