Dr Laith Yakob BSc MSc DPhil

Assistant Professor in Disease Vector Biology


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 Research Degree Coordinator for the Department of Disease Control. He also provides support for Medical Parasitology and for Medical Entomology for Disease Control (MEDiC) Masters students and is a tutor and examiner for MEDiC. Additionally, he is examiner for the One Health (infectious diseases) course and he teaches in the 'Analysis & Design of Research Studies', 'Critical Skills in Tropical Medicine', 'Vector Sampling, Identification & Incrimination', 'Vector Biology & Vector Parasite Interactions' and 'Integrated Vector Management' modules.

Research areas

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


  • 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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