of Environmental Health & Microbiology
I am an Assistant Professor in the Environmental Health Group, a multidisciplinary group of scientists and engineers focused on water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) related research. I joined LSHTM in 2019 as a Marshall Sherfield Fellow. I have a background in environmental health microbiology and hold a PhD in environmental engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a Master of Science of Public Health from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health.
I am primarily interested in understanding the transmission of enteric pathogens in the environment, measuring their health impact, and evaluating WASH interventions aimed at reducing transmission and health risks in vulnerable populations. My main research project is the Maputo Sanitation (MapSan) trial, a health impact evaluation of an urban sanitation intervention in Maputo, Mozambique funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. I also support several other research projects in the Environmental Health Group including the SaniVac trial, an assessment of the role of sanitation conditions and health status (specifically concurrent enteric infection) on the immunogenicity of an oral rotavirus vaccine in infants in Maputo, Mozambique. I am also interested in the use of serologic markers of immune response to enteric pathogens as an alternative metric of enteric infection and a potential surveillance tool for measuring enteric pathogen transmission.