Jennie completed her PhD in wildlife parasitology at the University of Salford (2005 – 2010). After four years in industry at United Research Services as an ecological consultant (2008 – 2012) she secured a postdoctoral position at the Emerging Pathogens Institute, University of Florida (2012 – 2015). Here she focussed on the transmission ecology of Japanese encephalitis virus in Bangladesh before moving to LSTM to work with Prof. Steve Torr on tsetse and trypanosomiasis (2015 – 2020).
Jennie combines data produced by field- and laboratory-based research with statistical and dynamical modelling to address:
- How ecological and environmental context influences vector population and pathogen transmission dynamics
- Implications of vector and pathogen evolution for transmission ecology
- Consequences of anthropogenic change for pathogen transmission and control
Her aim is to contribute to new and improved methods for vector-borne disease surveillance and control, with a focus on the trypanosomiases and mosquito-borne viruses.
Current research projects
MRC 2021 - 2024. Strengthening Resilience against Sleeping Sickness in Malawi (STRESS) (Co-I)
NERC Highlight Topics 2021 - 2025. Identifying inter-epizootic transmission routes of Rift Valley fever virus in Tanzania to inform targeted control strategies for outbreak response (PI)
MRC Career Development Award 2022 - 2027. From alternative hosts to alternative interventions: identifying drivers of epidemic dynamics for Japanese encephalitis virus in Bangladesh (PI)
Joshua Longbottom PDRA
Module co-convenor TROP741 MSc Tropical Disease Biology