Hilary Bower


Research Fellow
UK Public Health Rapid Support Team


Keppel Street
United Kingdom

0207 927 2524

I am an epidemiologist with extensive field experience in Africa and Asia. I am currently part of a10-person UK Public Health Rapid Support Team established by LSHTM and Public Health England to respond to, and carry out research in, epidemic diseases and outbreaks. My research interests are emerging and epidemic infectious diseases and improving outbreak responses and interventions.

During 2014-15, I was deployed as with Medecines Sans Frontieres and LSHTM in Sierra Leone as an epidedemiologist and a clinical trial manager (EBOVAC-Salone), and led LSHTM field research into transmission and asymptomatic infection in Ebola survivor households.

Before joining LSHTM, I spent 8 years in field positions with MSF in locations including South Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Chad, Uzbekistan, India, Myanmar and Pakistan, and three years in MSF headquarters positions in Amsterdam and New York.

I have Masters in Epidemiology and in Public Health for Developing Countries from LSHTM and a BA in Political Science from Canterbury University, NZ.


Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology
Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health


Centre for Evaluation
Health in Humanitarian Crises Centre


I tutor on Basic Epidemiology and the Epidemiology and Control of Communicable Diseases module in LSHTM and have contributed to Masters teaching on outbreak response in Sierra Leone


Ebola transmission, asymptomatic infection, seroprevalence surveys

Aetiology of severe undifferentiated febrile illness

Humanitarian health care

Research Area
Complex interventions
Public health
Systematic reviews
Disease control
Global Health
Mixed methods
Implementation research
Qualitative methods
Operational research
Disease and Health Conditions
Infectious disease
Pandemic diseases
Emerging Infectious Disease
Tropical diseases
Zoonotic disease

Selected Publications

Asymptomatic infection and unrecognised Ebola virus disease in Ebola-affected households in Sierra Leone: a cross-sectional study using a new non-invasive assay for antibodies to Ebola virus.
Glynn, J.R. ; Bower, H. ; Johnson, S. ; Houlihan, C.F. ; Montesano, C. ; Scott, J.T. ; Semple, M.G. ; Bangura, M.S. ; Kamara, A.J. ; Kamara, O. ; Mansaray, S.H. ; Sesay, D. ; Turay, C. ; Dicks, S. ; Wadoum, R.E. ; Colizzi, V. ; Checchi, F. ; Samuel, D. ; Tedder, R.S. ;
Lancet Infect Dis
Delivery of an Ebola Virus-Positive Stillborn Infant in a Rural Community Health Center, Sierra Leone, 2015.
Bower, H. ; Grass, J.E. ; Veltus, E. ; Brault, A. ; Campbell, S. ; Basile, A.J. ; Wang, D. ; Paddock, C.D. ; Erickson, B.R. ; Salzer, J.S. ; Belser, J. ; Chege, E. ; Seneca, D. ; Saffa, G. ; Stroeher, U. ; Decroo, T. ; Caleo, G.M. ;
Am J Trop Med Hyg
Effects of Mother's Illness and Breastfeeding on Risk of Ebola Virus Disease in a Cohort of Very Young Children.
Bower, H. ; Johnson, S. ; Bangura, M.S. ; Kamara, A.J. ; Kamara, O. ; Mansaray, S.H. ; Sesay, D. ; Turay, C. ; Checchi, F. ; Glynn, J.R. ;
PLoS Negl Trop Dis
Exposure-Specific and Age-Specific Attack Rates for Ebola Virus Disease in Ebola-Affected Households, Sierra Leone.
Bower, H. ; Johnson, S. ; Bangura, M.S. ; Kamara, A.J. ; Kamara, O. ; Mansaray, S.H. ; Sesay, D. ; Turay, C. ; Checchi, F. ; Glynn, J.R. ;
Emerg Infect Dis
Deaths, late deaths, and role of infecting dose in Ebola virus disease in Sierra Leone: retrospective cohort study.
Bower, H. ; Smout, E. ; Bangura, M.S. ; Kamara, O. ; Turay, C. ; Johnson, S. ; Oza, S. ; Checchi, F. ; Glynn, J.R. ;
See all Hilary Bower's Publications