Dr Laith Yakob BSc MSc DPhil

Assistant Professor in Disease Vector Biology

Background

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.

Affiliation

Centres

Teaching

Laith is Deputy Course Director for the MSc in Medical Parasitology and in Medical Entomology for Disease Control (MEDiC). 

Research

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:

2017-2021
ZIKAPLAN: Zika Preparedness Latin American Network
ERC-funded Consortium (PI Annelise Wilder-Smith; large network of Co-Is including Yakob).

2016-2020
Mosquito biting behaviour and arboviral transmission: interactions between intrinsic host preferences and local environmental conditions
MRC (PI Yakob; Co-I Walker).

2016-17
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).

2016-17
Royal Society/Wolfson Foundation (PI Logan; Co-Is: Cameron, Lines, Rogers, Rowland, Sutherland, Walker, Yakob).

 

Research areas

  • Climate change
  • Complex interventions
  • Decision analysis
  • Disease control
  • Global Health
  • Helminths
  • Insects
  • Modelling
  • Outbreaks
  • Parasites
  • Protozoa
  • Systematic reviews
  • Vector control

Disciplines

  • Entomology
  • Epidemiology
  • Mathematical modelling
  • Parasitology
  • Vector biology

Disease and Health Conditions

  • African trypanosomiasis
  • Dengue
  • Diarrhoeal diseases
  • Emerging Infectious Disease
  • Hospital acquired infection
  • Infectious disease
  • Influenza
  • Malaria
  • Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs)
  • Pandemic diseases
  • Respiratory disease
  • Schistosomiasis
  • Tropical diseases
  • Vector borne disease
  • Zoonotic disease
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