I completed my undergraduate and Masters' studies in Environmental Sciences and Engineering at the Swiss Institute for Technology Lausanne (EPFL, Switzerland) and then joined the Environmental Health doctoral program at Tufts University (Medford, MA, USA). In my PhD work, I combined laboratory and field methods to evaluate the efficacy and effectiveness of disinfection interventions in Ebola and cholera outbreak settings. I started in the Environmental Health Group at LSHTM in January 2019.
My research interests are related to the use of water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) interventions to reduce infectious disease transmission risks, including drug-resistant infections.
I lead a stepped-wedge cluster randomised trial to assess the impacts of large-scale water supply improvements on cholera and diarrhoeal disease incidence in Uvira (Democratic Republic of the Congo), in collaboration with local health authorities and OXFAM.
I also work on two studies developed in partnership with Action Contre la Faim: in Northern Senegal, I coordinate the TISA trial, which aims to assess the effectiveness of a simple WASH kit in terms of severe acute malnutrition (SAM) recovery rates in children treated as outpatients and I am a co-Principal Investigator on a multi-country observational study to identify risk factors for relapse following SAM recovery. Within these projects, I have developed exploratory sub-studies to investigate antimicrobial resistance (AMR) patterns among study participants.
At LSHTM, I am also the head of the Humanities & Environmental Sciences within the AMR Centre.