Dr Michael Marks
MRCP DTM&H PhD
I am an NIHR Clinical Lecturer in infectious diseases. My Phd, which was funded by the Wellcome Trust, focused on understanding the impact of azithromycin mass administration on treponemal infections as part of a strategy to eliminate yaws in the Solomon Islands including work on disease mapping and the evaluation of diagnostic tests. I was a lead investigator on a WHO sponsored trial of treatment of yaws in Ghana and Papua New Guinea and collaborate with Oriol Mitjà on studies to optimise community treatment strategies for yaws in PNG.
Following my PhD my research interests have expanded to include all of the human treponematoses including both Treponema pallidum subsp. pallidum (the causative agent of syphilis) whilst continuing my interest in T.pallidum subsp. pertenue (the causative agent of yaws). I collaborate with Professor Nick Thomson on the application of next-generation sequencing tools to our understanding in these important diseases.
I am involved in a number of studies on the the epidemiology and control of scabies, which is endemic in the Pacific region and has recently been adopted as an NTD by the World Health Organization. I collaborate with Andrew Steer, in Melbourne, and John Kaldor, in Sydney, on a number of studies to better understand the use of mass treatment strategies to control scabies in endemic communities.
As well as work on these specific NTDs I am interested in strategies for the integrated control of neglected tropical diseases. I am a lead investigator on several studies exploring the possibility of combining MDA programmes for multiple NTDs into a single intervention in Ethiopia and Papua New Guinea and work with Rachel Pullan's group on integrated case-finding for NTDs in Liberia.
Details of grants and work I have been involved in are also available on ORC-ID
Alongside my research work at LSHTM, I worked with Chrissy Roberts to establish and run the ODK@LSHTM service which supports the uptake of the ODK electronic data collection platform in research projects run by LSHTM worldwide.
I am the deputy module director of the recently established Neglected Tropical Diseases MSc module. I teach on both the London Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (DTM&H) and the East African DTM&H (LSHTM). I am also a tutor on the malaria module for the MSc Infectious Diseases by Distance Learning (LSHTM).
- Yaws: Epidemiology, community treatment strategies, diagnostics and modelling
- Scabies: Epidemiology, community treatment strategies
- NTDs: Integrated Case Finding & Mass Drug Administration Strategies
- Treponema pallidum: Sequencing, host-pathogen interactions