Dr Laith Yakob BSc MSc DPhil
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Laith is an infectious disease ecologist with particular interest in vector-borne diseases. He obtained his BSc in Parasitology from University of Glasgow, his MSc in Modern Epidemiology from Imperial College London and his doctorate in Mathematical Modelling from University of Oxford. During his postdoctoral career in the US (University of California) and Australia (University of Queensland) he used modelling to understand the dynamics and strategise the control of infectious diseases across numerous, disparate systems. These include African highland malaria; Caribbean coral reef pathogens; healthcare-acquired Clostridium difficile; soil-transmitted helminths and schistosomes in the Philippines; dengue and chikungunya across Europe and SE Asia; Echinococcus multilocularis and E. granulosus zoonoses in China; and sexually transmitted infections in Australia.
Laith is Deputy Course Director for the MSc in Medical Parasitology and in Medical Entomology for Disease Control (MEDiC).
Laith is one of the founding eight core members of the UK Public Health Rapid Support Team, who support countries responding to and controlling disease outbreaks before they can develop into a global threat. He is also a founding member of the Antimicrobial Resistance Centre at LSHTM, where he acts as the disciplinary head for Epidemiology and Modelling.
ACTIVE RESEARCH PROJECTS:
ZIKAPLAN: Zika Preparedness Latin American Network
ERC-funded Consortium (PI Annelise Wilder-Smith; large network of Co-Is including Yakob).
Mosquito biting behaviour and arboviral transmission: interactions between intrinsic host preferences and local environmental conditions
MRC (PI Yakob; Co-I Walker).
ZIKA: surveillance, risk factors and vector management in Brazil
MRC/Newton/Wellcome Trust (PI Yakob; Co-Is: Brasil, Cameron, Edmunds, Funk, Lines, Logan, Rodrigues, Rowland, Walker).
Royal Society/Wolfson Foundation (PI Logan; Co-Is: Cameron, Lines, Rogers, Rowland, Sutherland, Walker, Yakob).
- Climate change
- Complex interventions
- Decision analysis
- Disease control
- Global Health
- Systematic reviews
- Vector control
- Mathematical modelling
- Vector biology
Disease and Health Conditions
- African trypanosomiasis
- Diarrhoeal diseases
- Emerging Infectious Disease
- Hospital acquired infection
- Infectious disease
- Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs)
- Pandemic diseases
- Respiratory disease
- Tropical diseases
- Vector borne disease
- Zoonotic disease
Zika virus outbreak in the Americas: the need for novel mosquito control methods.
Yakob, L. ; Walker, T. ;
Lancet Glob Health, 2016;
Co-distribution and co-infection of chikungunya and dengue viruses.
Furuya-Kanamori, L. ; Liang, S. ; Milinovich, G. ; Soares Magalhaes, R.J. ; Clements, A.C. ; Hu, W. ; Brasil, P. ; Frentiu, F.D. ; Dunning, R. ; Yakob, L. ;
BMC Infect Dis, 2016; 16(1):84
Heterogeneous and Dynamic Prevalence of Asymptomatic Influenza Virus Infections
Furuya-Kanamori, L.; Cox, M.; Milinovich, G.J.; Magalhaes, R.J.S.; MacKay, I.M.; Yakob, L.
Emerging Infectious Diseases, 2016; 22(6):1052-1056
Dynamic spatiotemporal trends of imported dengue fever in Australia.
Huang, X. ; Yakob, L. ; Devine, G. ; Frentiu, F.D. ; Fu, S.Y. ; Hu, W. ;
Sci Rep, 2016; 6:30360
How do biting disease vectors behaviourally respond to host availability?
Yakob, L. ;
Parasit Vectors, 2016; 9:468
Low risk of a sexually-transmitted Zika virus outbreak.
Yakob, L. ; Kucharski, A. ; Hue, S. ; Edmunds, W.J. ;
Lancet Infect Dis, 2016; 16(10):1100-2
Endectocide-treated cattle for malaria control: A coupled entomological-epidemiological model
Parasite Epidemiology and Control, 2016;
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