Dr Edward Parker
BA MSc PhD
in Vaccine Epidemiology
I completed a BA in Biological Sciences at Oxford University, an MSc in Laboratory Medicine at the University of Toronto, and a PhD in infectious disease epidemiology at Imperial College London.
My work considers factors that drive variation in uptake and effectiveness of vaccines.
There are two branches to my current research at LSHTM. As co-lead of Theme 1 ('Making the most of real-world data') for the NIHR Health Protection Research Unit in Immunisation, I use electronic health records to understand factors associated with vaccine uptake, effectiveness, and impact in the UK.
I also have a role in the Department of Clinical Research, where my work focuses on the possible contribution of the microbiome to infant oral vaccine response in low- and middle-income countries.
I am interested in data visualisation, and led the development of an interactive mapping tool to help contextualise the COVID-19 outbreak as well as LSHTM's COVID-19 vaccine tracker, which launched in April 2020. In late 2021, I acted as a consultant for the COVID-19 Working Group of the WHO's Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization.
Popular science writing:
A rise in deaths from preventable diseases must not be part of Covid-19's legacy, The Guardian, April 2020
Coronavirus outbreak: a new mapping tool that lets you scroll through timeline, The Conversation, February 2020
Andy Serkis’s Breathe is a haunting reminder of the pre-vaccine era, The Conversation, October 2017 (reprinted by The Independent)
Salk's swansong: renaissance of the injected polio vaccine, Science-based Medicine, October 2014