Ms Nayantara Wijayanandana BA MA MSc

Research Degree Student

Background

I joined LSHTM as a Research Degree Student in January 2016 part-time while working at Sanofi Pasteur as Regional Epidemiologist AMESA (Africa, Middle-East, South Asia) on dengue and meningitis disease burden studies.

My prior health work experience includes working at the Malaria Consortium, The World Bank, Tufts-New England Medical Centre, and the Public Health Department of the Municipal Council in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

I did my MSc at LSHTM in PHDC in August 2007. I also have a MA in Communications & Technology at Georgetown University, and a BA in Biology from Clark University.

As an epidemiologist, I have focused exclusively on infectious disease epidemiology, specifically in Malaria, Dengue, and Meningitis. My research interests have also been in e-Health/mHealth initiatives, surveillance system strenthening, and projects working with community health workers.

Affiliation

Centres

Teaching

DL Tutor for Basic Epidemiology, Basic Statistics, Communicable Disease Control.

DL MSc Project Supervision.

Research

I am doing my PhD research project on dengue epidemiology in Sri Lanka: I am focusing on the transmission dynamics of dengue looking at the spatial heterogeneity, the transmission intensity, and the impact of population mobility.

Research areas

  • Child health
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Health workers
  • Mobile technologies
  • Modelling
  • Surveillance

Disciplines

  • Epidemiology
  • GIS/Spatial analysis
  • Mathematical modelling
  • Vector biology

Disease and Health Conditions

  • Dengue
  • Malaria
  • Meningitis

Regions

  • Middle East & North Africa (all income levels)
  • Middle East & North Africa (developing only)
  • South Asia
  • Sub-Saharan Africa (all income levels)

Countries

  • Sri Lanka

Other interests

  • Dengue Fever
  • mathematical modeling
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