Punam Mangtani

Associate Professor Clinical, in Epidemiology

About Punam Mangtani

Punam’s work is on post-licensure epidemiological aspects of flu and BCG vaccines amongst others.

Background

I joined the school on an MRC training fellowship  after completing an MSc in epidemiology here. As a lecturer here I also had the Wellcome Trust Valuing People award. Prior to this I was a lecturer in General Practice and had also worked at the Public Health England (formerly the Health Protection Agency).

I have a research background in the epidemiology of influenza and other vaccine-preventable infections as well as cancer studies in migrants. I am an honorary consultant at Public Health England. I am also a member of the pneumococcal subcommittee of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation and the Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety.

Affiliation

Centres

Teaching

I am one of the two course directors for MSc Epidemiology (face-to-face). I teach on a number of courses at the School including short courses in epidemiology and the epidemiological evaluation of vaccines each summer.

Research

My main research areas of interest are the epidemiology of vaccine preventable diseases such as influenza, pneumonia, TB and hepatitis as well as reproductive health. My current work is on the effectiveness of BCG and influenza vaccines and on vaccine safety in pregnancy. I lead on work  assessing factors affecting the efficacy of BCG vaccine and duration of protection of BCG. I am also currently working on a seroepidemiological study of human brucella in India that will inform a similar multi-centre study in West Africa.

I am interested in and have experience of interdisciplinary research to more effectively assess and respond to multifaceted issues e.g. the use of health economics for the control of vaccine preventable diseases, the role of nutritional changes and cancer with migration and currently one-health approaches with veterinary experts on the control and prevention of zoonotic infections such as brucella and avian influenza. 

Research areas

  • Bacteria
  • Immunisation
  • Vaccines
  • Viruses

Disciplines

  • Epidemiology
  • Immunoepidemiology

Disease and Health Conditions

  • Influenza
  • Pandemic diseases
  • Respiratory disease
  • Tuberculosis
  • Zoonotic disease

Regions

  • European Union
  • South Asia
  • Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)

Countries

  • Bangladesh
  • India
  • Senegal
  • United Kingdom
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