Dr Richard White BSc MSc PhD

Reader in Infectious Disease Modelling

About Richard White

Mathematical and statistical modelling of the transmission and control of infectious diseases


Richard G White (BSc, MSc, PhD) is Reader in Infectious Disease Modelling in the  Centre for the Mathematical Modelling of Infectious Diseases and the TB Centre at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He is Director of the TB Modelling and Analysis Consortium (TB MAC) and leads the TB Modelling Group.

Richard was awarded a BSc in Physics from Durham University and an MSc in Medical Demography from LSHTM. He was awarded a PhD in infectious disease modelling in 2006, led the establishment of the LSHTM’s Centre for the Mathematical Modelling of Infectious Diseases in 2007, and was awarded a Methodology Research Fellowship from the Medical Research Council in 2009.




Richard teaches on the mathematical modelling of the spread and control of infectious diseases in the UK and internationally. He organises the LSHTM Infectious Disease Modelling summer short course and MSc Module with Emilia Vynnycky (Public Health England), Adam Kucharski and Katie Atkins (LSHTM).

He is co-author of the introductory modelling textbook An Introduction to Infectious Disease Modelling published by Oxford University Press.


Richard's research focus is the mathematical and statistical modelling of the transmission and control of infectious diseases, particularly HIV and TB.

He has co-authored over 75 peer-reviewed scientific publications. He is currently principal investigator of five research grants: the 'TB Modelling and Analysis Consortium', the Modelling Core of the CREATE’ consortium (“Improving tuberculosis control in Africa: mathematical modeling of Consortium to Respond Effectively to the AIDS/TB Epidemic)”, “Estimating the impact of IPT and ART on TB incidence in general populations in South Africa” , "Respondent-driven sampling: Empirical evaluation and methodological developmentand", and “Calibration and analysis of complex models: methodological development and application to impact of ART in Africa”.

He is Associate Editor for the journal STI.

Research areas

  • Bacteria
  • Diagnostics
  • Disease control
  • Infectious disease policy
  • Methodology
  • Modelling
  • Public health
  • Social and structural determinants of health
  • Statistical methods


  • Demography
  • Epidemiology
  • Mathematical modelling
  • Statistics

Disease and Health Conditions

  • Infectious disease
  • Sexually transmitted disease
  • Tuberculosis


  • Latin America & Caribbean (all income levels)
  • Least developed countries: UN classification
  • Middle East & North Africa (all income levels)
  • North America
  • Sub-Saharan Africa (all income levels)
  • World


  • Botswana
  • Brazil
  • China
  • Kenya
  • Malawi
  • Netherlands
  • Qatar
  • South Africa
  • Switzerland
  • Tanzania
  • Uganda
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe
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