Professor Helen Fletcher
Professor of Immunology, Global Challenges Research Fund Challenge Leader in Global Health and Director of International Development, UKRI
Helen Fletcher is a Professor of Immunology at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and Director of International Development, UKRI.
As Director of International Development Helen is responsible for the development of strategy and the delivery of the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) and Newton programmes.
Helen is a research group leader at LSHTM where she continues her research in Tuberculosis (TB) vaccines and immune correlates of risk. Since 2000 She has worked with scientists across Africa in The Gambia, Zambia, Ethiopia, Senegal, Kenya, South Africa and Uganda. Helen is co- Principal Investigator of The VALIDATE Network. An MRC/BBSRC GCRF funded Network of UK and LMIC scientists working to develop vaccines for TB, melioidosis, leishmaniasis and leprosy. Helen was Director of the TB Centre at LSHTM and in April 2018 joined UKRI on secondment as Challenge Leader in Global Health.
Helen has a Ph.D in Microbiology from the University of Leeds where she also completed her undergraduate degree. She is co-Editor of the journal Tropical Medicine and International Health and has written over 100 peer review research articles and chapters.
I am co-organizer of the Vaccine Immunology MSc module with and a tutor on the Distance Learning programme
My interests are in vaccine development for TB and identification of immune mechanisms important for protection from TB