Dr Rebecca Harris

MBioch MSc PhD

Assistant Professor
of Infectious Disease Modelling and Epidemiology


Keppel Street
United Kingdom

Rebecca Harris is an Assistant Professor in TB mathematical modelling and epidemiology. Her research includes the development of mathematical models to assess the epidemiological impact of potential TB vaccines in China, India and sub-Saharan Africa, and the development of a novel low-cost app for spatial mapping of TB in low income settings without address systems to support the design of TB vaccine studies and public health programmes.

Rebecca was awarded an MBioch in Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry and an MSc in Global Health from the University of Oxford in 2008 and 2009, respectively. Subsequently, as Technical Officer in the Global Influenza Programme of the World Health Organization, Rebecca developed influenza management guidelines during the H1N1 pandemic. Prior to joining the School, Rebecca worked as a consultant Epidemiology Manager at GlaxoSmithKline Vaccines, developing epidemiological studies within the RTS,S post-approval plan, disease mapping for NTDs, and as lead epidemiologist for tuberculosis. She joined the School in 2013 as a PhD student, and became Assistant Professor in 2017.


Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology
Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health


Mathematical Modelling of Infectious Diseases
Tuberculosis (TB) Centre
Vaccine Centre


Rebecca's research focusses on developing mathematical models to estimate the epidemiological impact of promising new TB vaccines in high burden settings, with the goal of informing development of candidates with the greatest potential for future public health impact. Current work includes estimating future epidemiological changes in a range of TB epidemics (e.g. China, India, South Africa) and the potential impact of vaccines in these settings. 

To further support epidemiological needs in TB vaccine research, she has developed a spatial mapping app that can be used in clinical trial design and as part of public health programmes: TB ePAL (electronic PArticipant Locator). TB ePAL is a clinic-based tool to collect the location of a patient's place of residence in highly populous settings without addresses. The app is designed to be an easy to implement, low cost, and low resource alternative to GPS collection at the patient's home. The app has been designed and implemented through the MLW research centre in Blantyre, Malawi as part of the Hit TB Hard programme. 

Rebecca is part of the TB modelling team, and is involved with the TB CentreVaccine Centre and the Centre for the Mathematical Modelling of Infectious Diseases.

Research Area
Disease control
Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
Mobile technologies
Spatial analysis
GIS/Spatial analysis
Mathematical modelling
Disease and Health Conditions
South Africa
East Asia & Pacific (developing only)
Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)

Selected Publications

Age-targeted tuberculosis vaccination in China and implications for vaccine development: a modelling study
Harris R; Sumner T; Knight G; Cardenas V; Evans T; Chen C; White R
The Lancet Global Health
The way forward for tuberculosis vaccines
White R; Hanekom W; Vekemans J; Harris R
Lancet Respiratory Medicine
Disparities in access to diagnosis and care in Blantyre, Malawi, identified through enhanced tuberculosis surveillance and spatial analysis.
MacPherson P; Khundi M; Nliwasa M; Choko AT; Phiri VK; Webb EL; Dodd PJ; Cohen T; Harris R; Corbett EL
BMC medicine
Research and development of new tuberculosis vaccines: a review
Schrager LK; Harris RC; Vekemans J
The effect of early versus late treatment initiation after diagnosis on the outcomes of patients treated for multidrug-resistant tuberculosis: a systematic review.
Harris RC; Grandjean L; Martin LJ; Miller AJ; Nkang JE; Allen V; Khan MS; Fielding K; Moore DA
BMC infectious diseases
The effect of surgery on the outcome of treatment for multidrug-resistant tuberculosis: a systematic review and meta-analysis.
Harris RC; Khan MS; Martin LJ; Allen V; Moore DA; Fielding K; Grandjean L; LSHTM MDR-TB surgery systematic review group; Amini A; Buchanan R
BMC infectious diseases
Systematic review of mathematical models exploring the epidemiological impact of future TB vaccines.
Harris RC; Sumner T; Knight GM; White RG
Human vaccines & immunotherapeutics
Vaccination of health care workers to protect patients at increased risk for acute respiratory disease.
Dolan GP; Harris RC; Clarkson M; Sokal R; Morgan G; Mukaigawara M; Horiuchi H; Hale R; Stormont L; Béchard-Evans L
Emerging infectious diseases
Influenza vaccination for immunocompromised patients: systematic review and meta-analysis by etiology.
Beck CR; McKenzie BC; Hashim AB; Harris RC; University of Nottingham Influenza and the ImmunoCompromised (UN; Nguyen-Van-Tam JS; Zanuzdana A; Agboado G; Orton E; Enstone J
The Journal of infectious diseases
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