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Professor Déirdre Hollingsworth


Joint appointment
Mathematics Institute & School of Life Sciences

The Zeeman Institute

Office: Senate House: : 331
Email: Deirdre dot Hollingsworth at warwick dot ac dot uk

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Teaching Responsibilities 2017/18: None

Life Sciences: LF307 One World Health and Neglected Tropical Diseases, LF211 Immunology and Epidemiology.

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. The NTD modelling consortium published a collection of quantitative analyses to support the achievement of neglected tropical disease goals in Parasites and Vectors in October 2015 and a collection of model comparisons in Epidemics in 2017.

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 am 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. We have weekly seminars which are open to attendees from across the university.

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. 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. I am also interested in supervising undergraduate projects in mathematics and life sciences, both as part of your course or as part of the URSS scheme.

Research Fellows: The University of Warwick is very supportive of research fellows, both those who are applying for research fellowships and those who already hold them. Both the School of Life Sciences and the Mathematics Institute have a track record of success in applications and give extensive support prior to application and for interviews. Please get in touch if you're interested in joining Warwick.

Outreach and Public Engagement:

  • Public lecture: "Eliminating infectious diseases – are some easier than others?", International Centre for Mathematical sciences, Edinburgh, 2016.
  • Royal Institution Mathematics Masterclasses: One of a series of half-day, weekend sessions for secondary school children to learn about how maths is used and developed beyond school. Designed a session on mathematics of infectious diseases and analysing data.
  • Soapbox Science: Interactive event modelled around "Speakers' Corner" where scientists stand on a soapbox for an hour on the South Bank in London enthusing the public about science.
  • Maths & Beyond : Interactive 1 hour lectures for Year 10 and 11 pupils for the Further Maths Support Centre based at the University of Warwick.
  • Standing up for Science, Sense about Science: The Voice of Young Science Standing up for Science media workshops encourage early career researchers to get their voices heard in public debates about science. During the workshops we discuss concerns about speaking to the public and confront misconceptions about how the media works.
  • Public lecure: "Surviving the Next Pandemic", Edinburgh Science Festival, 2013; "contemporary, fascinating and very engaging" according to Edinburgh's The Student.

Other appointments:

Honorary Lecturer, Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, School of Public Health, Imperial College London.

Honorary Research Fellow, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.

Fellow, Institute of Mathematics and its Applications


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.

Group members:


Alex Bishop, PhD student in Complexity, focussed on soil-transmitted helminths and lymphatic filariasis, co-supervised by Thomas House.

Lloyd Chapman, Research Fellow in the NTD modelling consortium, focussed on dynamics of visceral leishmaniasis in the Indian sub-continent, closely collaborating with Graham Medley and Orin Courtenay.

Alison Cooper, Research Fellow on EPSRC GCRF project working on seasonal dynamics.

Ron Crump, Research Fellow in the NTD modelling consortium, focussed on the dynamics of leprosy, closely collaborating with Graham Medley.

Emma Davis, PhD student in MathSys, focussed on soil-transmitted helminths and lymphatic filariasis, co-supervised by Matt Keeling.

Hajnal Farkas, Project manager, NTD Modelling consortium.

Sarah Jervis, Research Fellow in the NTD modelling consortium, focussed on statistical questions across the diseases we study.

Mel Munang, PhD student in the School of Life Sciences, focussed on tuberculosis, co-supervised by Graham Medley and Martin Deadicoat.

Tim Pollington, PhD student in MathSys, focussed on visceral leishmaniasis, co-supervised by Lloyd Chapman.

Joaquin Prada, Research Fellow in the NTD modelling consortium, focussed on mathematical and modelling questions across the diseases we study.