Professor Helen Fletcher
As Professor of Immunology at LSHTM I focus on Tuberculosis (TB) vaccines and immune correlates of risk. Since 2000 I have worked with scientists across Africa - in The Gambia, Zambia, Ethiopia, Senegal, Kenya, South Africa and Uganda.
I am also 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.
My Ph.D was in Microbiology from the University of Leeds, where I also completed my undergraduate degree. I'm co-Editor of the journal Tropical Medicine and International Health and have written over 100 peer review research articles and chapters.
In April 2018 I joined UKRI on secondment as Director of International Development. As Director of International Development I'm responsible for strategy and the delivery of the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) and Newton Funds.
Co-organizer of the Vaccine Immunology MSc module and a tutor on the IDM502 Tuberculosis Distance Learning programme
See here for a discussion of the global challenge of tuberculosis
And here is a video which describes some of the work we did on TB vaccine development
In this radio show we talk about how vaccines work