Areas of interest
Infectious disease modelling.
Prior to joining LSTM, Deirdre was a research fellow at Imperial College London in the Medical Research Centre for Outbreak Analysis and Modelling in the Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, where she worked on the transmission dynamics and evolution of influenza, severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), HIV, malaria and soil transmitted helminths (STHs).
Deirdre is an honorary lecturer at Imperial College, London, and an honorary member of the London Centre for Neglected Tropical Disease Research (LCNTDR). She is a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications.
Deirdre is interested in using mathematical models and statistical analysis to inform the design of effective control interventions for infectious diseases, including neglected tropical diseases, HIV, malaria and outbreaks of directly transmitted pathogens..
Deirdre’s research on estimating transmission rates for HIV, both in early infection and due to variability of viral load in later infection, has been highly cited and influential in HIV control policy. She is particularly interested in finding new ways of estimating transmission rates from existing data. Her publications in this area are focussed on the dynamics of HIV in both sub-Saharan Africa and the northern hemisphere.
Deirdre’s more recent work on the dynamics of soil transmitted helminths (STHs) is focussed around understanding the drivers of the speed and extent of ‘bounce-back’ in infections following a drop in infections due to mass treatment. This research is aimed at addressing the policy question of who to treat and how often to treat to get the biggest impact. She has on-going collaborations with Simon Brooker (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine) and Roy Anderson (London Centre for Neglected Tropical Disease Research) through a Gates Foundation funded grant in this area.