BSc MSc PhD
Upon completion of my MSc in Tropical Medicine and Parasitology at the University of Barcelona (Spain) in February 1997, I applied for a PhD fellowship as a medical entomologist in Equatorial Guinea linked at the Health Institute Carlos III (Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, Spain). I was working as a medical entomologist on a malaria control project on Bioko Island (Equatorial Guinea) conducting research and supporting activities of the National Malaria Control Programme. This project was extended at the rest of Equatorial Guinea territory and the research scopes were also expanded to other vector-borne diseases, including arboviruses and sleeping sickness. Thus, I conducted a wide range of epidemiological and entomological studies during seven years of stay in Equatorial Guinea. Between 2002 and 2008, I combined my activities as technical coordinator of the ISCIII research programme in Equatorial Guinea with my own PhD which focused on spatial analysis of sleeping sickness transmission in the main active foci of mainland Equatorial Guinea. More recently, I have also been collaborating as a medical entomologist in malaria vaccine trials ongoing in Mozambique (Manhiça Health Research Centre, CISM).
In 2004 and 2010, I attended two different masters GIS and remote sensing and additional short courses in spatial analysis that augment my entomological training and which I have been applying in malaria and sleeping sickness studies.
I have extensive experience of teaching in different master and short courses in several Spanish universities and teaching institutions in public health, including the prestigious National School of Public Health in Madrid. I have provided lectures on vector control and monitoring strategies on vector-borne diseases. At the LSHTM, I support PhD and MSc students in their projects on issues related to cartography, GIS processing and spatial analysis. I am co-organizing together with Dr. Rachel L Pullan the study module, Spatial Epidemiology in Public Health (3135), in which I am also providing lectures, practical sessions and running seminars.
My main research interest is the investigation of the spatial distribution of infectious diseases, particularly vector-borne diseases, and their underlying risk factors using a combination of multidisciplinary approaches that include epidemiology, statistics, geostatistics, cartography and remote sensing science. My previous experience includes studies on spatial distribution and monitoring of control interventions of malaria and sleeping sickness, and more recently lymphatic filariasis, podoconosis and intesified case management NTDs such as leprosy and Buruli ulcer. I have also taken part in large epidemiological studies to develop a global atlas of leishmaniasis, and more recently a global atlas of lymphatic filariasis within the Global Atlas of Helminth Infections project at the LSHTM.