Professor Punam Mangtani

of Epidemiology


Keppel Street
United Kingdom

+44 (0)20 7927 2057

I am a professor of epidemiology at LSHTM with specialist areas work focusing on the epidemiological aspects of 'flu, TB, other respiratory infections including coronoviruses, livestock related zoonoses and post-licensure aspects of vaccines.

I joined the School on an MRC training fellowship after completing an MSc in epidemiology here. As a lecturer here I received a Wellcome Trust Valuing People award. Prior to this I was a lecturer in General Practice and had also worked at the Public Health England (formerly the Health Protection Agency).

I have a research background that includes the epidemiology of influenza and other vaccine-preventable infections. I am an honorary consultant at Public Health England. I am also a member of the pneumococcal subcommittee of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation and have been a member of WHO's Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety.


Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health
Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology


TB Centre
Vaccine Centre


As part of my role, I am also a faculty research degrees director. I was until recently one of the course directors for the MSc Epidemiology (face-to-face) programme. I teach on a number of courses at the School, including short courses in epidemiology and the epidemiological evaluation of vaccines each summer.


My main research areas of interest are the epidemiology of vaccine preventable diseases, mainly influenza, other respiratory infections, TB, hepatitis and more recently spill-over zoonotic infections and SARS-CoV-2. My work has included the efficacy and effectiveness of BCG and influenza vaccines and on vaccine safety in pregnancy. I led work on assessing factors affecting the efficacy of BCG vaccine and duration of protection of BCG. I have carried out work on a seroepidemiological study of human brucella in India, and a similar multi-centre study in West Africa.

I currently work on several studies including as a co-investigator on the Coronavirus School Infection Survey. This is a study in partnership with Office for National Statistics and Public Health England. Based on 150 schools in England I co-lead on the epidemiology and transmission of the infection within schools. I also lead on the human aspects of transmission and control of avian influenza and corononviruses eg on UKRI funded studies on the transmission SARS-CoV-2 infection in traditional food markets, on MersCoV in Jordan, and on avian influenza in the GCRF OneHealth Poultry Hub.

I am interested in and have experience of interdisciplinary research to consider and respond to issues that are multifaceted e.g. an appreciation of the role of economics in the control of vaccine preventable diseases, the role of nutritional changes and cancer with migration and currently one-health approaches with veterinary and social sciences on drivers for, as well as the control and prevention of zoonotic infections and the transmission and impact of SARS-CoV-2 in schools.

Research Area
Disease and Health Conditions
Infectious disease
Pandemic diseases
Emerging Infectious Disease
Respiratory disease
Zoonotic disease
United Kingdom
European Union
Middle East & North Africa (all income levels)
South Asia
Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)

Selected Publications

Frequency and patterns of exposure to live poultry and the potential risk of avian influenza transmission to humans in urban Bangladesh.
Berry I; Rahman M; Flora MS; Greer AL; Morris SK; Khan IA; Sarkar S; Naureen T; Fisman DN; Mangtani P
Scientific reports
Effectiveness of Influenza Vaccination in Preventing Hospitalization Due to Influenza in Children: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis.
Boddington NL; Pearson I; Whitaker H; Mangtani P; Pebody RG
Clinical infectious diseases : an official publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
Seroprevalence and Risk Factors of Coxiella burnetti infection in the general population of Senegal
Djomo PN; Diop SN; Dieye NL; Wotodjo A-N; Kim M; Ba E; Guitian J; Mangtani P
Risk Factors for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus Infection among Camel Populations, Southern Jordan, 2014-2018.
Holloway P; Gibson M; van Doremalen N; Nash S; Holloway T; Letko M; Cardwell JM; Al Omari B; Al-Majali A; Abu-Basha E
Emerging infectious diseases
The prevalence and risk factors for human Brucella species infection in a cross-sectional survey of a rural population in Punjab, India.
Mangtani P; Berry I; Beauvais W; Holt HR; Kulashri A; Bharti S; Sagar V; Nguipdop-Djomo P; Bedi J; Kaur M
Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Seasonal Influenza Vaccination During Pregnancy and the Risk of Major Congenital Malformations in Live-born Infants: A 2010-2016 Historical Cohort Study.
Peppa M; Thomas SL; Minassian C; Walker JL; McDonald HI; Andrews NJ; Kempley ST; Mangtani P
Clinical infectious diseases : an official publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
Evaluation of potential risk of transmission of avian influenza A viruses at live bird markets in response to unusual crow die‐offs in Bangladesh
Rahman M; Mangtani P; Uyeki TM; Cardwell JM; Torremorell M; Islam A; Samad MA; Muraduzzaman AKM; Giasuddin M; Sarkar S
Influenza and other respiratory viruses
Effectiveness of BCG Vaccination Against Mycobacterium tuberculosis Infection in Adults: A Cross-sectional Analysis of a UK-Based Cohort.
Katelaris AL; Jackson C; Southern J; Gupta RK; Drobniewski F; Lalvani A; Lipman M; Mangtani P; Abubakar I
Journal of Infectious Diseases
A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Practices Exposing Humans to Avian Influenza Viruses, Their Prevalence, and Rationale.
Fournié G; Høg E; Barnett T; Pfeiffer DU; Mangtani P
The American journal of tropical medicine and hygiene
The duration of protection of school-aged BCG vaccination in England: a population-based case-control study.
Mangtani P; Nguipdop-Djomo P; Keogh RH; Sterne JAC; Abubakar I; Smith PG; Fine PEM; Vynnycky E; Watson JM; Elliman D
International journal of epidemiology
The Relationship Between School Holidays and Transmission of Influenza in England and Wales.
Jackson C; Vynnycky E; Mangtani P
American journal of epidemiology
Study Design
Mangtani P
Infectious Disease Epidemiology
Safety of immunization during pregnancy: a review of the evidence of selected inactivated and live attenuated vaccines.
Keller-Stanislawski B; Englund JA; Kang G; Mangtani P; Neuzil K; Nohynek H; Pless R; Lambach P; Zuber P
Effect of BCG vaccination against Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection in children: systematic review and meta-analysis.
Roy A; Eisenhut M; Harris RJ; Rodrigues LC; Sridhar S; Habermann S; Snell L; Mangtani P; Adetifa I; Lalvani A
BMJ (Clinical research ed)
Interventions for avian influenza A (H5N1) risk management in live bird market networks.
Fournié G; Guitian J; Desvaux S; Cuong VC; Dung DH; Pfeiffer DU; Mangtani P; Ghani AC
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
School closures and influenza: systematic review of epidemiological studies.
Jackson C; Vynnycky E; Hawker J; Olowokure B; Mangtani P
BMJ open
Protection by BCG vaccine against tuberculosis: a systematic review of randomized controlled trials.
Mangtani P; Abubakar I; Ariti C; Beynon R; Pimpin L; Fine PEM; Rodrigues LC; Smith PG; Lipman M; Whiting PF
Clinical infectious diseases
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