Mark joined Durham University in 2008 and is currently Senior Lecturer in the School of Medicine, Pharmacy and Health. Mark graduated from Imperial College with a BSc Hons in Zoology. He stayed on to complete a PhD in Biology focusing on the epidemiology of parasitic infections in developing countries, mainly in Africa. His interest in parasitology continues at Durham with collaborators drawn from within and outwith the University, taking an interdisciplinary approach that combines information from genetics, ecology, ethnography and immunology to yield novel inferences. Simultaneously, Mark has been using his epidemiological background to work in health-related themes of particular relevance to Durham University, including health inequalities in the UK and a broader range of health-related issues in developing countries. He is actively interested in developing methods of combining biomedical and social research, underpinned by epidemiological principles of study design and inference.