Dr Tom Sumner

Assistant Professor


I am an Assistant Professor in the Centre for Mathematical Modelling of Infectious Diseases and the TB Centre at LSHTM. I am also a member of the TB modelling group.

Before joining the school I worked at the Institute for Animal Health developing spatial models of the spread and control of vector-borne livestock diseases such as bluetonge and African Horse Sickness. Prior to this I obtained a PhD in computational biology from UCL.




I teach on the LSHTM short course "Introduction to Infectious Disease Modelling and Its Applications" and MSc module "Modelling & the Dynamics of Infectious Diseases" and am co-organiser of the related Distance Learning module with Rosalind Eggo and Raphaelle Metras


My research focuses on the use of mathematical models to study the transmission and control of tuberculosis. My current work involves developing tools to support TB control policy and practice in South Africa. I also have an interest in using mathematical modelling to try to understand the impact of interventions against TB/HIV in particular the use of preventive therapy.

Research areas

  • Disease control
  • Modelling


  • Epidemiology
  • Mathematical modelling
  • Mathematics

Disease and Health Conditions

  • Tuberculosis


  • Sub-Saharan Africa (all income levels)
  • World


  • South Africa
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