Dr Gabriela Gomez
Economics of Infectious Diseases
Gabriela has over ten years’ experience working in disease prevention and control in vulnerable populatons. She obtained her first degree in Biochemistry followed by a MPH at the University of Montpellier, France. After working in Tunisia and South London on projects looking at disease prevalence and prevention programmes tailored to ethnic minorities, she obtained her PhD at Imperial College. During this period, her research focused on STD prevention and control in sex worker populations in Peru. Following her PhD, she joined the Infectious Disease Epidemiology department at Imperial College as a post-doctoral researcher working on the development of theoretical frameworks of STD transmission and economic evaluations of new ARV-based technologies for HIV prevention. From 2011 to 2016, she led operational research projects evaluating prevention programs for key populations in sub-Saharan Africa. These programs include HIV prevention for truck drivers and sex workers in Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa; cardiovascular disease prevention in slums in Kenya and rural Nigeria; expansion of antiretroviral services (PrEP and immediate treatment) for female sex workers in South Afrcia, and ante-natal care interventions in rural Nigeria. In 2017, she joined the Social and Mathematical Epidemiology Group.
My research interests include economic evaluations of the scale-up of new/shortened/re-purposed regimens for first line or MDR treatment of TB, and, more broadly, the use of cost data and models in economic evaluations. I am a member of the TB Modelling and Analysis Consortium (TB MAC) and the Global Health Cost Consortium.