Dr Michael Marks


Assistant Professor


Keppel Street
United Kingdom

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.


Department of Clinical Research
Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases


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
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
Gambia, The
Papua New Guinea
Solomon Islands
Pacific island small states
Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)

Selected Publications

High burden and seasonal variation of paediatric scabies and pyoderma prevalence in The Gambia: A cross-sectional study.
Armitage EP; Senghore E; Darboe S; Barry M; Camara J; Bah S; Marks M; Cerami C; Roca A; Antonio M
PLoS neglected tropical diseases
Risk attitudes, risky sexual behaviours and willingness to test negative for syphilis using lottery-based financial incentives among Chinese men who have sex with men
Ong J; Li C; Fu H; Nie J; Tang W; Cheng W; Smith MK; Marks M; Yang B; Wang C
Sexually Transmitted Infections
Perceptions, attitudes and practices towards scabies in communities on the Bijagós Islands, Guinea-Bissau
Lopes MJ; Teixeira da Silva E; Ca J; Gonçalves A; Rodrigues A; Manjuba C; Nakutum J; D'alessandro U; Achan J; Logan J
Transactions of The Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Optimising the use of molecular tools for the diagnosis of yaws
Munson M; Creswell B; Kondobala K; Ganiwu B; Dede Lomotey R; Oppong P; Opoku Agyeman F; Kotye N; Diwura M; Ebenezer PA
Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Insights from mathematical modelling on the proposed WHO 2030 goals for scabies.
Marks M; McVernon J; Engelman D; Kaldor J; Steer A
Gates open research
Clinical and economic impact of implementing OVIVA criteria on patients with bone and joint infections in OPAT.
Marks M; Bell LCK; Jones I; Rampling T; Kranzer K; Morris-Jones S; Logan S; Pollara G
Clinical infectious diseases
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