Prof Punam Mangtani

Professor in Epidemiology

United Kingdom

+44(0)207 927 2057

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

I joined the School on an MRC training fellowship after completing an MSc in epidemiology. 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 Public Health England (formerly the Health Protection Agency).

I have a research background that includes the epidemiology of influenza, TB as well as other vaccine-preventable infections. I am an honorary consultant at UKHSA. 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.


Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology and International Health
Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health


Centre for Maternal Adolescent Reproductive & Child Health
TB Centre
Vaccine Centre


As part of my role as a member of staff I am a faculty research degrees director. I have been a course director for the MSc Epidemiology (face-to-face) programme, and am currently a tutor and exam board member. I teach on a number of courses at the School, including the masters in Edepimiology core and advanced modules as well as the the two short courses each summer on epidemiology and the epidemiological evaluation of vaccines.


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

I 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.

Key words: easonal, pandemic and avian influenza; COVID-19; MersCoV; influenza and BCG vaccines; zoonoses

Research Area
Public health
Disease and Health Conditions
Avian influenza
United Kingdom
South Asia
East Asia & Pacific (developing only)
Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)
European Union

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
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; MANGTANI, P; Munster, VJ; Guitian, J;
Emerging infectious diseases
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
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
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; Guitian, J; McGiven, J; Kaur, P; Singh Gill, JP; Grover, GS; Kumar, R;
Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
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, AK M; Giasuddin, M; Sarkar, S; Alamgir, AS M; Salimuzzaman, M; Flora, MS;
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
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, JA C; Abubakar, I; SMITH, PG; FINE, PE M; VYNNYCKY, E; Watson, JM; Elliman, D; Lipman, M; RODRIGUES, LC;
International journal of epidemiology
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