Professor Daniel Bausch



Keppel Street
United Kingdom

I am a physician and virologist trained in internal medicine, infectious diseases, tropical medicine, and public health. I specialize in the research and control of emerging tropical viruses, with over 25 years’ experience in sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, and Asia combating viruses such as Ebola, Marburg, Lassa, hantavirus, and SARS coronavirus.

I have the privilege of serving as the Director of the United Kingdom Public Health Rapid Support Team (UK-PHRST), the primary arm of Her Majesty’s Government to provide and coordinate the UK’s public health response to outbreaks in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Created in 2016, the UK-PHRST is a unique collaboration between LSHTM and Public Health England, with academic partners at the University of Oxford and King’s College London. The UK-PHRST’s tripartite remit includes outbreak response, conducting research on outbreak-prone diseases, and building capacity for outbreak response in LMICs. In this way we seek to “put out the fire”, figure out why it started, and keep it from starting again.

Before taking on the UK-PHRST Directorship and joining LSHTM I worked at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland (Technical Lead, Epidemic Clinical Management Department), U.S. Naval Medical Research Unit No. 6 in Lima, Peru (Head, Virology and Emerging Infections Department), Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine in New Orleans, USA (Professor of Tropical Medicine) and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Chief, Viral Special Pathogens Epidemiology Unit and Commissioned Corps Medical Officer).

I am the Scientific Programme Chair of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, a Fellow of the U.K. Faculty of Public Health and a member of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene and a number of World Health Organisation (WHO) committees, including serving as the UK Representative on the WHO Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network Steering Committee. I have also served as consultant for a number of science and public health organizations, including the United Nations and U.S. National Institutes of Health, National Academy of Medicine and Agency for International Development. I have published nearly 200 manuscripts and textbook chapters and am a reviewer and editor for numerous scientific journals and societies.

Recognizing that biomedical advances are only half the challenge, I am a strong advocate for health and human rights to ensure that the tools, innovations, and systems we strive to create through our work in the sciences truly translate to better health for those most in need, especially in LMICs. Toward that end, in 1995 I co-founded the human rights-oriented NGO Doctors for Global Health.

I am fluent in English (native tongue), French and Spanish.


Department of Disease Control
Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases


Vaccine Centre
Health in Humanitarian Crises Centre
Centre on Climate Change and Planetary Health


While my duties as UK-PHRST Director do now allow for a full teaching load, I am a frequent guest lecturer, including the LSHTM’s DTM&H course and the new MOOC on Disease Outbreaks in LMICs. I also advise a number of DrPH and MSc students.


The UK-PHRST research programme covers a broad portfolio of laboratory and applied epidemiologic, clinical, social science, and implementation research on outbreak-prone diseases, the majority conducted with partners in LMICs in Africa and Asia. My particular interests and areas of expertise are on Ebola, Marburg, and Lassa viruses. A major current focus is the clinical trial of an experimental vaccine for Ebola virus disease in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Lastly, I am interested in One Health research, in particular the effects of climate change and anthropogenic habitat perturbation on zoonotic diseases.

Research Area
Climate change
Clinical care
Clinical guidelines
Clinical trials
Complex interventions
Health inequalities
Infectious disease policy
Public health
Health workers
Capacity strengthening
Disease control
Global Health
Implementation research
Randomised controlled trials
Molecular epidemiology
Operational research
Disease and Health Conditions
Infectious disease
Emerging Infectious Disease
Democratic Republic of the Congo
East Asia & Pacific (developing only)
Europe & Central Asia (developing only)
Latin America & Caribbean (developing only)
Middle East & North Africa (developing only)
Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)

Selected Publications

Posterior Segment Ophthalmic Manifestations in Ebola Survivors, Sierra Leone.
Berry DE; Bavinger JC; Fernandes A; Mattia JG; Mustapha J; Harrison-Williams L; Teshome M; Vandy MJ; Shantha JG; Yeh S
Factors associated with delayed presentation to healthcare facilities for Lassa fever cases, Nigeria 2019: a retrospective cohort study.
Chandra NL; Bolt H; Dan-Nwafor C; Ipadeola O; Ilori E; Namara G; Olayinka AT; Ukponu W; Iniobong A; Amedu M
BMC Infectious Diseases
Precision Physical Distancing for COVID-19: An Important Tool in Unlocking the Lockdown.
Bausch DG
The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
In-Flight Transmission of SARS-CoV-2.
Choi EM; Chu DKW; Cheng PKC; Tsang DNC; Peiris M; Bausch DG; Poon LLM; Watson-Jones D
Emerging infectious diseases
Shifting the paradigm: using disease outbreaks to build resilient health systems
Durski KN; Osterholm M; Majumdar SS; Nilles E; Bausch DG; Atun R
BMJ Global Health
Lassa Fever Induced Hearing Loss: The Neglected Disability of Hemorrhagic Fever.
Ficenec SC; Percak J; Arguello S; Bays A; Goba A; Gbakie M; Shaffer JG; Emmett SD; Schieffelin JS; Bausch D
International journal of infectious diseases : IJID : official publication of the International Society for Infectious Diseases
Keep Politics out of Funding Decisions for Medical Research and Public Health.
Rosenthal PJ; Bausch DG; Goraleski KA; Hill DR; Jacobson JA; John CC; Breman JG
The American journal of tropical medicine and hygiene
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