Professor Chris Drakeley


of Infection & Immunity


Keppel Street
United Kingdom



Chris Drakeley is a Professor of Infection & Immunity at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. He has more than 25 years experience of working on malaria with much of his time spent working overseas in a variety of African countries including Tanzania & The Gambia. His research centres on developing a better understanding of malaria transmission of parasites in different settings. This includes studies aimed at understanding the fundamentals of malaria transmission dynamics including risks factors for transmission in endemic populations and defining the infectious reservoir of malaria. His group is involved in the comparison and optimisation of approaches to measure transmission with a focus on serological markers for exposure to infection. These components are linked together by the evaluation of strategies designed to reduce and block transmission including transmission blocking vaccines and drugs. 



Immunology and Infection Department
Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases


Malaria Centre


Research Area
Disease control
Spatial analysis
Disease and Health Conditions
Caribbean small states
East Asia & Pacific (developing only)
Latin America & Caribbean (all income levels)
Middle East & North Africa (developing only)
Pacific island small states
Sub-Saharan Africa (all income levels)

Selected Publications

Asymptomatic and submicroscopic carriage of Plasmodium knowlesi malaria in household and community members of clinical cases in Sabah, Malaysia.
Fornace, K.M.; Nuin, N.A.; Betson, M.; Grigg, M.J.; William, T.; Anstey, N.M.; Yeo, T.W.; Cox, J.; Ying, L.T.; Drakeley, C.J.;
J Infect Dis
Assessing the infectious reservoir of falciparum malaria: past and future.
Stone, W.; Gonçalves, B.P.; Bousema, T.; Drakeley, C.;
Trends Parasitol
Novel serologic biomarkers provide accurate estimates of recent Plasmodium falciparum exposure for individuals and communities.
Helb, D.A.; Tetteh, K.K.; Felgner, P.L.; Skinner, J.; Hubbard, A.; Arinaitwe, E.; Mayanja-Kizza, H.; Ssewanyana, I.; Kamya, M.R.; Beeson, J.G.; Tappero, J.; Smith, D.L.; Crompton, P.D.; Rosenthal, P.J.; Dorsey, G.; Drakeley, C.J.; Greenhouse, B.;
Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A
Serology describes a profile of declining malaria transmission in Farafenni, The Gambia.
van den Hoogen, L.L. ; Griffin, J.T. ; Cook, J. ; Sepúlveda, N. ; Corran, P. ; Conway, D.J. ; Milligan, P. ; Affara, M. ; Allen, S.J. ; Proietti, C. ; Ceesay, S.J. ; Targett, G.A. ; D'Alessandro, U. ; Greenwood, B. ; Riley, E.M. ; Drakeley, C. ;
Malar J
Assessing the impact of next-generation rapid diagnostic tests on Plasmodium falciparum malaria elimination strategies.
Slater, H.C. ; Ross, A. ; Ouédraogo, A.L. ; White, L.J. ; Nguon, C. ; Walker, P.G. ; Ngor, P. ; Aguas, R. ; Silal, S.P. ; Dondorp, A.M. ; La Barre, P. ; Burton, R. ; Sauerwein, R.W. ; Drakeley, C. ; Smith, T.A. ; Bousema, T. ; Ghani, A.C. ;
Single dose primaquine for clearance of Plasmodium falciparum gametocytes in children with uncomplicated malaria in Uganda: a randomised, controlled, double-blind, dose-ranging trial
Eziefula, A.C.; Bousema, T.; Yeung, S.; Kamya, M.; Owaraganise, A.; Gabagaya, G.; Bradley, J.; Grignard, L.; Lanke, K.H.W.; Wanzira, H.; Mpimbaza, A.; Nsobya, S.; White, N.J.; Webb, E.L.; Staedke, S.G.; Drakeley, C.
The Lancet Infectious Diseases
Identification of Hot Spots of Malaria Transmission for Targeted Malaria Control.
Bousema, T.; Drakeley, C.; Gesase, S.; Hashim, R.; Magesa, S.; Mosha, F.; Otieno, S.; Carneiro, I.; Cox, J.; Msuya, E.; Kleinschmidt, I.; Maxwell, C.; Greenwood, B.; Riley, E.; Sauerwein, R.; Chandramohan, D.; Gosling, R.;
J Infect Dis
See all Professor Chris Drakeley's Publications