Dr Raphaelle Metras
Honorary Assistant Professor
I am an infectious diseases epidemiologist, with specific research interests in studying the transmission of zoonotic pathogens, within animal populations, and from animals to humans.
I am a tenured INSERM researcher (CRCN) at the Pierre Louis Institute of Epidemiology and Public Heath (IPLESP UMRS-1136, Inserm, Sorbonne Université, Paris, France), in the Communicable Diseases Surveillance and Modelling group, and an Honorary Assistant Professor at LSHTM.
Initially trained as a veterinarian (Veterinary School of Lyon, France, 2002), I graduated with a PhD in veterinary epidemiology in 2013 (Bloosmbury colleges PhD studentship, Royal Veterinary College & LSHTM, London, UK). In 2013, I was awarded with a Sir Henry Wellcome postdoctoral fellowship, based at LSHTM, to pursue research studies on Rift Valley fever emergence in Mayotte.
My main research interest is to understand how zoonotic pathogens spread in animals populations and from animal to humans, with the aim of assessing how controlling diseases in animals reduces the burden of diseases in humans.
I have been mainly working on Rift Valley fever (RVF), an arboviral and zoonotic emerging disease, looking at factors and mechanisms underlying virus emergence, spatial spread, and persistence in animal populations, and spillover to humans. For this, I used a combination of methods, ranging from field data collection as part as epidemiological investigations (domestic and wild animals), to statistical spatial analyses, mathematical modelling, model fitting and inference.
Beyond RVF research, I have been involved in research on other vector-borne or zoonotic diseases, such as highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N1 in Africa and South-east Asia, European Bat 1 Lyssavirus in Spain, and cattle Ephemeroviruses in Mayotte.
I am currently working on the modelling of tick-borne zoonoses, such as Crimean Congo Hemorrhagic fever (CCHF), tick-borne encephalistis (TBE) and Lyme borreliosis.