Professor Richard White


of Infectious Disease Modelling

Richard G White (BSc, MSc, PhD) is Professor of 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 LSHTM 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.


Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology
Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health


Mathematical Modelling of Infectious Diseases
Tuberculosis (TB) Centre


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 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 TB and HIV.

He has co-authored around 100 peer-reviewed scientific publications. He is currently PI or LSHTM PI of 6 research grants: 'Determining the importance of different locations to Mycobacterium tuberculosis transmission in high tuberculosis burden settings' (MRC), 'A Clinical Trial of a Correlate of Risk Targeted Screen & Treat Strategy to Impact TB Control' (BMGF), 'The development of a mathematical modelling framework to predict the best dose in humans for TB vaccines using animal data' (Aeras), the 'TB Modelling and Analysis Consortium' (BMGF), 'Methods for allocative efficiency of the Global Fund TB, HIV and Malaria Country Grants' (USAID), 'Data utilization and modelling to support TB control policy and practice in South Africa' (BMGF).

He is on the Editorial Board for STI, an Invited Editor for PNAS, and a permanent reviewer for Lancet Respiratory Medicine

Richard welcomes PhD proposals in TB modelling.

Research Area
Infectious disease policy
Public health
Social and structural determinants of health
Statistical methods
Disease control
Mathematical modelling
Disease and Health Conditions
Infectious disease
Sexually transmitted disease
United Kingdom
United States
South Africa
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)

Selected Publications

Age- and Sex-Specific Social Contact Patterns and Incidence of Mycobacterium tuberculosis Infection.
Dodd, P.J. ; Looker, C. ; Plumb, I.D. ; Bond, V. ; Schaap, A. ; Shanaube, K. ; Muyoyeta, M. ; Vynnycky, E. ; Godfrey-Faussett, P. ; Corbett, E.L. ; Beyers, N. ; Ayles, H. ; White, R.G. ;
Am J Epidemiol
Effect of pre-exposure prophylaxis and combination HIV prevention for men who have sex with men in the UK: a mathematical modelling study.
Punyacharoensin, N. ; Edmunds, W.J. ; De Angelis, D. ; Delpech, V. ; Hart, G. ; Elford, J. ; Brown, A. ; Gill, O.N. ; White, R.G. ;
Lancet HIV
Feasibility of achieving the 2025 WHO global tuberculosis targets in South Africa, China, and India: a combined analysis of 11 mathematical models.
Houben, R.M. ; Menzies, N.A. ; Sumner, T. ; Huynh, G.H. ; Arinaminpathy, N. ; Goldhaber-Fiebert, J.D. ; Lin, H.H. ; Wu, C.Y. ; Mandal, S. ; Pandey, S. ; Suen, S.C. ; Bendavid, E. ; Azman, A.S. ; Dowdy, D.W. ; Bacaër, N. ; Rhines, A.S. ; Feldman, M.W. ; Handel, A. ; Whalen, C.C. ; Chang, S.T. ; Wagner, B.G. ; Eckhoff, P.A. ; Trauer, J.M. ; Denholm, J.T. ; McBryde, E.S. ; Cohen, T. ; Salomon, J.A. ; Pretorius, C. ; Lalli, M. ; Eaton, J.W. ; Boccia, D. ; Hosseini, M. ; Gomez, G.B. ; Sahu, S. ; Daniels, C. ; Ditiu, L. ; Chin, D.P. ; Wang, L. ; Chadha, V.K. ; Rade, K. ; Dewan, P. ; Hippner, P. ; Charalambous, S. ; Grant, A.D. ; Churchyard, G. ; Pillay, Y. ; Mametja, L.D. ; Kimerling, M.E. ; Vassall, A. ; White, R.G. ;
Lancet Glob Health
Tuberculosis control in South African gold mines: mathematical modeling of a trial of community-wide isoniazid preventive therapy.
Vynnycky, E. ; Sumner, T. ; Fielding, K.L. ; Lewis, J.J. ; Cox, A.P. ; Hayes, R.J. ; Corbett, E.L. ; Churchyard, G.J. ; Grant, A.D. ; White, R.G. ;
Am J Epidemiol
Impact and cost-effectiveness of new tuberculosis vaccines in low- and middle-income countries.
Knight, G.M.; Griffiths, U.K.; Sumner, T.; Laurence, Y.V.; Gheorghe, A.; Vassall, A.; Glaziou, P.; White, R.G.;
Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A
Quantifying HIV-1 transmission due to contaminated injections.
White, R.G.; Cooper, B.S.; Kedhar, A.; Orroth, K.K.; Biraro, S.; Baggaley, R.F.; Whitworth, J.; Korenromp, E.L.; Ghani, A.; Boily, M.C.; Hayes, R.J.;
Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A
See all Professor Richard White's Publications