Dr Michael Marks


Assistant Professor


Keppel Street
United Kingdom

0207 927 2566

I am an NIHR Clinical Lecturer in infectious diseases and general medicine. 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 am also involved in trials on the treatment of yaws in Ghana and Papua New Guinea and studies using sequencing to understand treponemal diversity. Alongside this I have an interest in 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. Alongside my work on these two specific NTDs I am involved in studies on integrated approaches to the management of neglected tropical diseases. 

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.

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.


Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases
Department of Clinical Research


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 Mass Drug Administration Strategies
  • Treponema pallidum: Sequencing, host-pathogen interactions
Research Area
Clinical care
Infectious disease policy
Sexual health
Disease control
Global Health
Impact evaluation
Mobile technologies
Implementation research
Randomised controlled trials
Mathematical modelling
Disease and Health Conditions
Infectious disease
Emerging Infectious Disease
Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs)
Sexually transmitted infection
Skin disease
Tropical diseases
Papua New Guinea
Solomon Islands
Pacific island small states
Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)

Selected Publications

Mathematical Modeling of Programmatic Requirements for Yaws Eradication.
Marks, M. ; Mitjà, O. ; Fitzpatrick, C. ; Asiedu, K. ; Solomon, A.W. ; Mabey, D.C. ; Funk, S. ;
Emerg Infect Dis
Diagnostics for yaws eradication: insights from direct next generation sequencing of cutaneous strains of Treponema pallidum.
Marks, M. ; Fookes, M. ; Wagner, J. ; Butcher, R. ; Ghinai, R. ; Sokana, O. ; Sarkodie, Y.A. ; Lukehart, S.A. ; Solomon, A.W. ; Mabey, D.C.W. ; Thomson, N. ;
Clin Infect Dis
Meta-analysis of the performance of a combined treponemal and non-treponemal rapid diagnostic test for syphilis and yaws.
Marks, M.; Yin, Y.P.; Chen, X.S.; Castro, A.; Causer, L.; Guy, R.; Wangnapi, R.; Mitjà, O.; Aziz, A.; Castro, R.; da Luz Martins Pereira, F.; Taleo, F.; Guinard, J.; Bélec, L.; Tun, Y.; Bottomley, C.; Ballard, R.C.; Mabey, D.C.;
Clin Infect Dis
A cross-sectional study of 'yaws' in districts of ghana which have previously undertaken azithromycin mass drug administration for trachoma control.
Ghinai, R. ; El-Duah, P. ; Chi, K.H. ; Pillay, A. ; Solomon, A.W. ; Bailey, R.L. ; Agana, N. ; Mabey, D.C. ; Chen, C.Y. ; Adu-Sarkodie, Y. ; Marks, M. ;
PLoS Negl Trop Dis
Global epidemiology of yaws: a systematic review.
Mitjà, O. ; Marks, M. ; Konan, D.J. ; Ayelo, G. ; Gonzalez-Beiras, C. ; Boua, B. ; Houinei, W. ; Kobara, Y. ; Tabah, E.N. ; Nsiire, A. ; Obvala, D. ; Taleo, F. ; Djupuri, R. ; Zaixing, Z. ; Utzinger, J. ; Vestergaard, L.S. ; Bassat, Q. ; Asiedu, K. ;
Lancet Glob Health
Impact of Community Mass Treatment with Azithromycin for Trachoma Elimination on the Prevalence of Yaws.
Marks, M. ; Vahi, V. ; Sokana, O. ; Chi, K.H. ; Puiahi, E. ; Kilua, G. ; Pillay, A. ; Dalipanda, T. ; Bottomley, C. ; Solomon, A.W. ; Mabey, D.C. ;
PLoS Negl Trop Dis
Challenges and key research questions for yaws eradication.
Marks, M.; Mitjà, O.; Vestergaard, L.S.; Pillay, A.; Knauf, S.; Chen, C.Y.; Bassat, Q.; Martin, D.L.; Fegan, D.; Taleo, F.; Kool, J.; Lukehart, S.; Emerson, P.M.; Solomon, A.W.; Ye, T.; Ballard, R.C.; Mabey, D.C.; Asiedu, K.B.;
Lancet Infect Dis
Haemophilus ducreyi Associated with Skin Ulcers among Children, Solomon Islands.
Marks, M. ; Chi, K.H. ; Vahi, V. ; Pillay, A. ; Sokana, O. ; Pavluck, A. ; Mabey, D.C. ; Chen, C.Y. ; Solomon, A.W. ;
Emerg Infect Dis
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