Dr Ruth McNerney PhD

in Pathogen Biology and Diagnostics


Ruth McNerney is an expert on tuberculosis. She is a member of the STOP TB Working Group on New Diagnostics and is a Director of TBAlert, the UK's TB charity that works in the UK, Africa and India. She is currently working on projects to improve access to affordable diagnostics in developing countries. Her previous research has included the development, adaptation and evaluation of tools for the control of tuberculosis. This includes diagnosis, detection of drug resistance, molecular epidemiology and whole genome sequencing. She also has an interest in transmission of the disease. She is experienced in molecular techniques, immunoassay, and previously developed a simple, rapid, low-cost test for drug susceptibility using bacteriophages. She has a strong interest in POC tests and has also developed patient based educational materials to assist diagnosis. She recently organised an international workshop on whole genome sequencing and drug resistant tuberculosis. She receives no financial support from LSHTM.  




Ruth McNerney teaches students studying control of infectious diseases, molecular biology of infectious diseases and chemotherapy and anti-microbial resistance.


Project: Improving Regulatory Oversight Of In-Vitro Diagnostics In The Developing World: Affordable access to in-vitro diagnostics through regulatory harmonization approaches. Funding from Grand Challenges Canada

Project: Improving access to medical products in developing countries through building capacity for local production and related technology transfer. Funding from WHO, through a grant from the European Union.


Research areas

  • Diagnostics
  • Drug resistance


  • Bacteriology
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular epidemiology
  • Operational research

Disease and Health Conditions

  • Infectious disease
  • Tuberculosis

Other interests

  • MDR TB
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