Ms Isabel Byrne

Research Fellow

United Kingdom

I am a Research Fellow and staff PhD candidate, currently based at the School in London. I am part of the Drakeley Group in the Department of Infection Biology. My interests are in spatial epidemiology of vector-borne diseases, and I primarily work with malaria.

I am currently working and undertaking my PhD under the EU horizons and UKRI funded PvSTATEM project in Ethiopia and Madagascar. Here, I am investigating the impacts of spatial heterogeneity of disease on randomised control trials, along with providing research support to the project.

From 2020-2023 I worked on various projects as a Research Assistant. I was part of the Improving Human Health (IHH) flagship of Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH) research programme. This research programme was funded by CGIAR (Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research). I was investigating whether the breeding sites of the malaria vector Anopheles funestus can be identified using drones and satellite data. Additionally, I was part of the team working on Freedom From Infection: Measuring the Absence of Malaria Infection, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. I provided statistical and spatial analysis support, specifically on serological data from Laos PDR.


Department of Infection Biology
Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases


Malaria Centre


I teach across several courses at LSHTM and outside.

At LSHTM I have lectured for the joint LSHTM and Royal Veterinary Collect One Health MSc in the Situation Analysis and Systems Thinking module. I have been a facilitator for 3135 Spatial Epidemiology. I have been a moderator & assessor for 3176 Integrated Vector Management. I have supervised multiple research projects for students from MSc courses at LSHTM and the Royal Veterinary College.

At University College London I have facilitated practicals in the Applied Infectious Disease Epidemiology MSc.


Spatial epidemiology
Geostatistical modelling
Vector-borne disease
Research Area
GIS/Spatial analysis
Serology, vaccines
Disease and Health Conditions
Vector borne diseases
Sub-Saharan Africa (all income levels)

Selected Publications

Serological evaluation of risk factors for exposure to malaria in a pre-elimination setting in Malaysian Borneo.
BYRNE, I; William, T; Chua, TH; PATTERSON, C; Hall, T; Tan, M; Chitnis, C; Adams, J; Singh, SK; Singh, SK; GRIGNARD, L; TETTEH, KK A; Fornace, KM; DRAKELEY, CJ;
Scientific reports
Mapping Malaria Vector Habitats in West Africa: Drone Imagery and Deep Learning Analysis for Targeted Vector Surveillance.
Trujillano, F; Garay, GJ; Alatrista-Salas, H; BYRNE, I; Nunez-Del-Prado, M; CHAN, K; Manrique, E; Johnson, E; Apollinaire, N; Kouame Kouakou, P; Oumbouke, WA; Tiono, AB; Guelbeogo, MW; LINES, J; Carrasco-Escobar, G; Fornace, K;
Remote sensing
Characterizing the spatial distribution of multiple malaria diagnostic endpoints in a low-transmission setting in Lao PDR.
BYRNE, I; Cramer, E; Nelli, L; Rerolle, F; Wu, L; PATTERSON, C; Rosado, J; Dumont, E; TETTEH, KK A; Dantzer, E; Hongvanthong, B; Fornace, KM; Stresman, G; Lover, A; Bennett, A; DRAKELEY, C;
Frontiers in medicine
Technical Workflow Development for Integrating Drone Surveys and Entomological Sampling to Characterise Aquatic Larval Habitats of Anopheles funestus in Agricultural Landscapes in Côte d'Ivoire.
BYRNE, I; CHAN, K; Manrique, E; LINES, J; Wolie, RZ; Trujillano, F; Garay, GJ; Del Prado Cortez, MN; Alatrista-Salas, H; Sternberg, E; COOK, J; N'Guessan, R; Koffi, A; Ahoua Alou, LP; Apollinaire, N; MESSENGER, LA; KRISTAN, M; Carrasco-Escobar, G; Fornace, K;
Journal of environmental and public health
Environmental and spatial risk factors for the larval habitats of Plasmodium knowlesi vectors in Sabah, Malaysian Borneo.
BYRNE, I; Aure, W; Manin, BO; Vythilingam, I; Ferguson, HM; DRAKELEY, CJ; Chua, TH; FORNACE, KM;
Scientific reports
Landscape drives zoonotic malaria prevalence in non-human primates.
Johnson, E; Sunil Kumar Sharma, R; Ruiz Cuenca, P; BYRNE, I; Salgado-Lynn, M; Suraya Shahar, Z; Col Lin, L; Zulkifli, N; Dilaila Mohd Saidi, N; DRAKELEY, C; Matthiopoulos, J; Nelli, L; Fornace, K;
Climate change, malaria and neglected tropical diseases: a scoping review.
Klepac, P; Hsieh, JL; Ducker, CL; Assoum, M; Booth, M; BYRNE, I; Dodson, S; Martin, DL; Turner, CM R; Van Daalen, KR; Abela, B; Akamboe, J; Alves, F; Brooker, SJ; Ciceri-Reynolds, K; Cole, J; Desjardins, A; Drakeley, C; Ediriweera, DS; Ferguson, NM; Gabrielli, AF; Gahir, J; Jain, S; John, MR; Juma, E; ... Fall, IS.
Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Understanding and maximising the community impact of seasonal malaria chemoprevention in Burkina Faso (INDIE-SMC): study protocol for a cluster randomised evaluation trial.
Moreno, M; Barry, A; Gmeiner, M; Yaro, JB; Sermé, SS; BYRNE, I; Ramjith, J; Ouedraogo, A; Soulama, I; GRIGNARD, L; SOREMEKUN, S; Koele, S; Ter Heine, R; Ouedraogo, AZ; Sawadogo, J; Sanogo, E; Ouedraogo, IN; Hien, D; Sirima, SB; BRADLEY, J; Bousema, T; DRAKELEY, C; Tiono, AB;
BMJ open
Malaria seroepidemiology in very low transmission settings in the Peruvian Amazon.
Fernandez-Camacho, B; Peña-Calero, B; Guillermo-Roman, M; Ruiz-Cabrejos, J; Barboza, JL; Bartolini-Arana, L; Barja-Ingaruca, A; Rodriguez-Ferrucci, H; Soto-Calle, VE; Nelli, L; BYRNE, I; Hill, M; Dumont, E; GRIGNARD, L; Tetteh, K; Wu, L; Llanos-Cuentas, A; DRAKELEY, C; Stresman, G; Carrasco-Escobar, G;
Scientific reports
Landscape drives zoonotic malaria prevalence in non-human primates
Johnson, E; Kumar Sharma, RS; Cuenca, PR; BYRNE, I; Salgado-Lynn, M; Shahar, ZS; Lin, LC; Zulkifli, N; Mohd Saidi, ND; DRAKELEY, C; Matthiopoulos, J; Nelli, L; Fornace, K;
eLife Sciences Publications, Ltd
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