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Professor Déirdre Hollingsworth

Teaching Responsibilities 2017/18: None

Teaching responsibilities in Life Sciences 2017/18: LF307 One World Health and Neglected Tropical Diseases, LF211 Immunology and Epidemiology.

I am a senior group leader at the Big Data Institute, University of Oxford.

Research Interests:
I am an infectious disease epidemiologist who uses mathematical models and statistical analyses to study the evolution and transmission dynamics of infectious diseases with the aim of informing the design of more effective control interventions. I am particularly interested in neglected tropical diseases, a group of diseases which cause suffering amongst the poorest populations of the world. I am currently leading the NTD Modelling Consortium, an international network of neglected tropical disease modellers.

My research foci are lymphatic filariasis, visceral leishmaniasis and a group of intestinal worms (soil transmitted helminths or STHs) which affect a large number of children and adults in low income settings. I have ongoing interests in and the transmission and evolution of HIV in both Africa and European/North American settings as well as malaria and influenza.

Infectious disease modelling at Warwick: I was formerly deputy director of the Zeeman Institute for Systems Biology and Infectious Disease Epidemiology Research (SBIDER), a cross-department, interdisciplinary group which has a long, prestigious history in research to understand and predict the spread and control of infectious diseases.

Students: If you are interested in applying for an infectious disease modelling PhD, the Zeeman Institute is a partner in MathSys, an exciting new centre for doctoral training mathematics for real-world systems, which is funded by the EPSRC at Warwick. For non-EU/UK students there is limited funding for PhDs through the Chancellor's scheme, which is highly competitive and has a deadline in mid January. Further funding opportunities are available in the School of Life Sciences and the Mathematics Institute. You should contact the director and academic staff in the Zeeman Institute as potential supervisors.


A full publication list is available, with links to full texts, where available.

Other databases (with varying levels of access and links to full texts): Pubmed, ORCID, Mendeley, Google Scholar, Research Gate, ResearcherID and Scopus.

Current PhD students in Warwick:

Alex Bishop, in Complexity, studying the dynamics of soil-transmitted helminths and lymphatic filariasis, co-supervised by Thomas House and Louise Dyson.

Emma Davis, in MathSys, studying the dynamics of soil-transmitted helminths and lymphatic filariasis, co-supervised by Matt Keeling.

Mel Munang, in the School of Life Sciences, studying the dynamics of tuberculosis in the UK, co-supervised by Graham Medley and Martin Deadicoat.

Tim Pollington, PhD student in MathSys, studying the dynamics of visceral leishmaniasis in the Indian sub-continent, co-supervised by Lloyd Chapman and Mike Tildesley.