I am interested in the epidemiology and surveillance of zoonotic pathogens. I have worked previously in an urban slum setting, examining the zoonotic risks associated with urbanization and with rodent borne zoonoses particularly. Since moving to Glasgow I have been investigating the social and ecological impacts of several bacterial zoonotic diseases across different ecological settings in northern Tanzania. My current research focus is on brucellosis but I also work actively on other livestock associated pathogens including leptospirosis and Q fever amongst others.
I am currently working on the molecular epidemiology of brucellosis in northern Tanzania. The abstract, reprint and full text of my recent Science paper "Driving improvements in emerging disease surveillance through locally-relevant capacity strengthening" are now available.
My academic history includes:
2015 - present: Post-doctoral research associate, BBSRC, Molecular epidemology of brucellosis in northern Tanzania, Boyd Orr Centre for Ecosystem Health, University of Glasgow
2011-2015: Post-doctoral research associate, NIH/BBSRC Bacterial Zoonoses project, Boyd Orr Centre for Ecosystem Health, University of Glasgow
2011: Wellcome Trust VIP fellow, Boyd Orr Centre for Population and Ecosystem Health, University of Glasgow.
2010-2011: Post-doctoral research assistant, Department for International Development review project on global zoonosis surveillance activities, Boyd Orr Centre for Population and Ecosystem Health, University of Glasgow.
2010-2011: Post-doctoral research assistant, KEMRI/CDC/MCEIRS pandemic H1N1 surveillance project, Nairobi, Kenya
2007-2010: PhD, University of Edinburgh
2005-2006: MRes, University of Edinburgh