Punam Mangtani

Associate Professor
Clinical, in Epidemiology


Keppel Street
United Kingdom

+44 (0)20 7927 2057

I joined the school on an MRC training fellowship  after completing an MSc in epidemiology here. As a lecturer here I also had the 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 in the epidemiology of influenza and other vaccine-preventable infections as well as cancer studies in migrants. 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 the Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety.


Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology
Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health


Tuberculosis (TB) Centre
Vaccine Centre


I am one of the two course directors for MSc Epidemiology (face-to-face). 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 such as influenza, pneumonia, TB and hepatitis as well as reproductive health. My current work is on the effectiveness of BCG and influenza vaccines and on vaccine safety in pregnancy. I lead on work  assessing factors affecting the efficacy of BCG vaccine and duration of protection of BCG. I am also currently working on a seroepidemiological study of human brucella in India that will inform a similar multi-centre study in West Africa.

I am interested in and have experience of interdisciplinary research to more effectively assess and respond to multifaceted issues e.g. the use of health economics for the control of vaccine preventable diseases, the role of nutritional changes and cancer with migration and currently one-health approaches with veterinary experts on the control and prevention of zoonotic infections such as brucella and avian influenza. 

Research Area
Disease and Health Conditions
Pandemic diseases
Respiratory disease
Zoonotic disease
United Kingdom
European Union
South Asia
Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)

Selected Publications

Protection by BCG against tuberculosis: a systematic review of randomised controlled trials.
Mangtani, P.; Abubakar, I.; Ariti, C.; Beynon, R.; Pimpin, L.; Fine, P.E.; Rodrigues, L.C.; Smith, P.G.; Lipman, M.; Whiting, P.F.; Sterne, J.A.;
Clin Infect Dis
School closures and influenza: systematic review of epidemiological studies.
Jackson, C. ; Vynnycky, E. ; Hawker, J. ; Olowokure, B. ; Mangtani, P. ;
BMJ Open
Interventions for avian influenza A (H5N1) risk management in live bird market networks
Fournie, G.; Guitian, J.; Desvaux, S.; Cuong, V. C.; Dung, D. H.; Pfeiffer, D. U.; Mangtani, P.; Ghani, A. C.
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
School closures and student contact patterns.
Jackson, C.; Mangtani, P.; Vynnycky, E.; Fielding, K.; Kitching, A.; Mohamed, H.; Roche, A.; Maguire, H.;
Emerg Infect Dis
Pandemic H1N1 infection in pregnant women in the USA.
Mangtani, P.; Mak, T.K.; Pfeifer, D.;
Influenza vaccination in pregnancy: current evidence and selected national policies
Mak, T.K.; Mangtani, P.; Leese, J.; Watson, J.M.; Pfeifer, D.
Lancet Infectious Diseases
A cohort study of the effectiveness of influenza vaccine in older people, performed using the United kingdom general practice research database.
Mangtani, P.; Cumberland, P.; Hodgson, C.R.; Roberts, J.A.; Cutts, F.T.; Hall, A.J.;
J Infect Dis
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