Professor Judith Glynn


Emeritus Professor
of Infectious Disease Epidemiology and former Head of Doctoral College

Keppel Street
United Kingdom

Judith Glynn left clinical medicine to come to the School in 1990 to do the MSc in Epidemiology. She went on to do a PhD (on the influence of infecting dose on severity of disease) and then joined the Karonga Prevention Study (now Malawi Epidemiology and Intervention Research Unit) to work on tuberculosis and HIV in Malawi.


Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health
Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology


Centre for Evaluation
Centre for Maternal Adolescent Reproductive & Child Health (MARCH)
TB Centre


Judith was Head of the Doctoral College before her retirement.

She has run courses on Molecular Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology and Control of Communicable Diseases, and taught on Extended Epidemiology


Her main research interests are understanding transmission of infections and determinants of disease severity, including the effects of age. Studies include: Ebola transmission; the susceptibility of young women to HIV; the relationship between schooling and health;  the impact of HIV on mortality and morbidity; HIV surveillance; the relationship between HIV and tuberculosis; molecular epidemiology of HIV and TB. 

She retired in 2021

Research Area
Complex interventions
Sexual health
Social and structural determinants of health
Adolescent health
Disease control
Mixed methods
Implementation research
Molecular epidemiology
Disease and Health Conditions
Sexually transmitted disease
Emerging Infectious Disease
Sexually transmitted infection
Sierra Leone
South Africa
Sub-Saharan Africa (all income levels)

Selected Publications

Early transmission and case fatality of Ebola virus at the index site of the 2013-16 west African Ebola outbreak: a cross-sectional seroprevalence survey.
Timothy JWS; Hall Y; Akoi-Boré J; Diallo B; Tipton TRW; Bower H; Strecker T; Glynn JR; Carroll MW
The Lancet. Infectious diseases
Early school failure predicts teenage pregnancy and marriage: A large population-based cohort study in northern Malawi.
Glynn JR; Sunny BS; DeStavola B; Dube A; Chihana M; Price AJ; Crampin AC
PloS one
Risk of Mycobacterium tuberculosis transmission in an antiretroviral therapy clinic.
Mzembe T; Mclean E; Khan PY; Koole O; Sichali L; Mwinuka V; Kayange M; Mzumara P; Dimba A; Crampin AC
AIDS (London, England)
Asymptomatic infection and unrecognised Ebola virus disease in Ebola-affected households in Sierra Leone: a cross-sectional study using a new non-invasive assay for antibodies to Ebola virus.
Glynn JR; Bower H; Johnson S; Houlihan CF; Montesano C; Scott JT; Semple MG; Bangura MS; Kamara AJ; Kamara O
The Lancet infectious diseases
Variability in Intrahousehold Transmission of Ebola Virus, and Estimation of the Household Secondary Attack Rate.
Glynn JR; Bower H; Johnson S; Turay C; Sesay D; Mansaray SH; Kamara O; Kamara AJ; Bangura MS; Checchi F
The Journal of infectious diseases
Ebola exposure, illness experience, and Ebola antibody prevalence in international responders to the West African Ebola epidemic 2014-2016: A cross-sectional study.
Houlihan CF; McGowan CR; Dicks S; Baguelin M; Moore DAJ; Mabey D; Roberts CH; Kumar A; Samuel D; Tedder R
PLoS medicine
Challenges in the Estimation of the Annual Risk of Mycobacterium tuberculosis Infection in Children Aged Less Than 5 Years.
Khan PY; Glynn JR; Mzembe T; Mulawa D; Chiumya R; Crampin AC; Kranzer K; Fielding KL
American journal of epidemiology
Exposure-Specific and Age-Specific Attack Rates for Ebola Virus Disease in Ebola-Affected Households, Sierra Leone.
Bower H; Johnson S; Bangura MS; Kamara AJ; Kamara O; Mansaray SH; Sesay D; Turay C; Checchi F; Glynn JR
Emerging infectious diseases
Deaths, late deaths, and role of infecting dose in Ebola virus disease in Sierra Leone: retrospective cohort study.
Bower H; Smout E; Bangura MS; Kamara O; Turay C; Johnson S; Oza S; Checchi F; Glynn JR
BMJ (Clinical research ed)
Sustained 10-year gain in adult life expectancy following antiretroviral therapy roll-out in rural Malawi: July 2005 to June 2014.
Price AJ; Glynn J; Chihana M; Kayuni N; Floyd S; Slaymaker E; Reniers G; Zaba B; McLean E; Kalobekamo F
International journal of epidemiology
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