Dr Emma Harding-Esch
BA(Hons) MPhil MSc PhD
I am an epidemiologist, with a focus on neglected tropical diseases (primarily trachoma) and sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
I obtained both my MSc (Control of Infectious Diseases) and PhD ("Trachoma control and elimination: Field studies in The Gambia and Senegal") from LSHTM, and led the field studies for the Partnership for the Rapid Elimination of Trachoma (PRET) trial in The Gambia. I also have experience of infectious disease surveillance, having been the Senior Enhanced Surveillance Scientist for CJD at Public Health England, and then a Principal Scientist in PHE's HIV/STI department. I was Senior Trials Coordinator for the eSTI2 Consortium, led by St George's, University of London, and subsequently the Programme Manager and Epidemiology Lead for the Applied Diagnostic Research and Evaluation Unit (ADREU - www.adreu.com), where I conducted several diagnostic evaluations to assess the performance, clinical and public health impacts of novel diagnostic technologies for STIs.
I returned to LSHTM in November 2017 as an Associate Professor and Chief Scientist for Tropical Data (www.tropicaldata.org), supporting national programmes to collect scientifically robust and standardised neglected tropical disease prevalence data, allowing interventions for disease elimination to be targeted and prioritised.
I am Co-Module Organiser for the Distance Learning module: Control of Infectious Diseases, and a Lead Educator for the Eliminating Trachoma MOOC (https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/eliminating-trachoma)
I also lecture on trachoma and mapping, am a facilitator on the Control of Sexually Transmitted Infections module, and supervise MSc summer projects.
I am interested in supervising doctoral students working on:
- The diagnosis, epidemiology and elimination of trachoma (and other neglected tropical diseases), including for post-validation surveillance.
- The epidemiology of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), evaluation of diagnostics for STIs and their public health impact.