Dr Debbie Nolder
BSc MSc PhD
Principal Scientific Officer
Debbie joined the School in 1995 as a PhD student after obtaining her MSc in clinical parasitology (LSHTM / Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine). She had previously been employed at the PHLS Central Public Health Laboratory, Colindale (now PHE Centre for Infections), as a Clinical Scientist working on the development of immuno- and molecular diagnostic tests for protozoa associated with HIV infection.
Debbie's PhD investigated the genetic diversity, population structure and evolution of Leishmania populations belonging to the South American subgenus, Viannia.
Debbie has experience in monoclonal antibody production, mammalian cell culture and the in vitro cultivation of a broad range of protozoa plus extensive experience in molecular- and immunological-based research and diagnostic techniques.
Debbie is an HCPC-registered biomedical scientist and is currently Lead BMS (molecular) in the PHE Malaria Reference Laboratory & LSHTM Diagnostic Parasitology Laboratory. Debbie has a specialist interest in development, validation and implementation of molecular diagnostic, typing and drug resistance assays for Plasmodium spp., Trypanosoma cruzi (Chagas disease), Acanthamoeba spp. (Acanthamoeba keratitis, AK) and Leishmania spp. infections.
LSHTM MSc units: lecturer on core Parasitology/Entomology, core Molecular Biology, Advanced Diagnostic Parasitology (module co-organiser), TMIH. Summer project supervisor. Tutor
LSHTM MSc (DBL): tutor for Parasitology (Advanced Unit).
LSHTM short-courses: DTM&H, DTN and other practical courses.
Training of visiting scientists, clinicians and BMSs in molecular diagnostics.
Molecular diagnostics and genotyping, LAMP, Pf drug resistance, RDT Pf HRP2/3 deletions - particularly in respect of Plasmodium spp. (malaria), Trypanosoma cruzi (Chagas disease), Acanthamoeba spp. (Acanthamoeba keratitis & Leishmania spp. (leishmaniasis).