I trained in Zoology followed by a PhD in viral epidemiology, out of which developed an enduring interest in the transmission dynamics and control of human viral pathogens. A post-doc period at Imperial College was followed by two years at Oxford and then Warwick from 1995, which remains my home institution where I am a Professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology.

My research initially centred on vaccine-preventable diseases such as measles and HBV and involved collaborative studies in Ethiopia. In 2001, my interests shifted to the study of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) accompanying a move of scientific base to the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme (KWTRP) in Kilifi, Kenya.

This fascinating, antigenically diverse virus - a major cause of childhood pneumonia - remains a focus of my research up to today. Currently, I work within the Epidemiology and Demography Department, with research support primarily from a Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator Award.


Current Projects
  • Defining pathways of respiratory virus transmission leading to improved intervention strategies (Investigator Award in Biomedical Science)
    Funded by: Wellcome Trust, Project Start Date 01-07-2014 - Project End Date 30-06-2019

Selected Publications

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