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Dr Chris Pinto

BVetMed DVM MSc PhD

Research Fellow
in Antimicrobial Resistance (One Health)

Room
204

LSHTM
15-17 Tavistock Place
London
WC1H 9SH
United Kingdom

Tel.
+44 (0)20 7612 7909

Chris Pinto J. (BVetMed., D.V.M, MSc. in One Health, PhD) is a veterinarian with 12 years of experience in microbiological and molecular diagnosis of animal diseases and antimicrobial resistance (AMR). Her research has focused on animal bacterial infections, AMR, and zoonoses such as Salmonellosis and Leptospirosis. She has worked closely with farmers and communities in the Peruvian highlands, identifying determinants of infection in animals and humans. 

Currently, Chris works on the application of the One Health concept to AMR research, while supporting the activities and training of Fleming Fund fellows at the LSHTM. She has conducted a systematic review to identify WASH and biosecurity interventions at the systems and structures levels in animal agriculture that have the potential to reduce the burden of infections, and therefore reliance on antibiotics in the everyday lives of people living and working with animals in LMICs urbanised and rural landscapes. This is a collaborative project between the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI). This research is funded through the Improving Human Health (IHH) project from the Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH) Programme - CGIAR (Consultative Group For International Agricultural Research).

She was the Head of the Clinical and Veterinary Sciences Pillar at the Antimicrobial Resistance Centre from Jan 2021- Jul 2022. Chris is also the Educational Lead of the Fleming Fund fellows at the school.

 

Education

Chris obtained her bachelor degree in Veterinary Medicine (BVetMed) and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree at the National University of San Marcos - UNMSM (Lima, Peru). She obtained a scholarship from the European Union to undertake a PhD programme in Veterinary Sciences at the Animal Health department of the Veterinary Faculty at the Complutense of Madrid University (Madrid, Spain). Her PhD thesis focused on the molecular epidemiology of respiratory bacterial infections affecting lambs in abattoirs.

While working on zoonotic infetions she became interested in the interconnections between human and animal health, and received a postdoctoral fellowship from the Kuskaya Program for innovations in Global Health, run jointly by the Peruvian University Cayetano Heredia (Lima, Peru) and the University of Washington (Seattle, USA) funded by the Fogarty International Center for the National Institute of Health (NIH-USA) where she received specialised training in global health and conducted research applying the One Health concept to assess and prevent Echinococcosis (a parasitic zoonotic disease) in remote Andean communities of the Peruvian highlands.

Chris obtained a Master of Science in One Health (Infectious diseases) from the University of London (UK), in a joint program developed by the Royal Veterinary College of London (RVC) and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). Her research focused on testing and piloting a questionnaire to assess AMR awareness amongst human and animal health care professionals in Perú funded by the World Health Organization.

Affiliations

Faculty of Public Health and Policy
Department of Global Health and Development

Centres

Antimicrobial Resistance Centre (AMR)

Teaching

Currently she is part of the Applied Communicable Disease Control teaching team at the LSHTM. She also collaborates in the "Foundations of One Health" module of the MSc in One Health, ecosystems, humans, and animals programme at the Royal Veterinary College, and she is a supervisor of MSc students research projects.

As part of her global collaborations, she is an honorary professor in the subjects of Veterinary Microbiology, Bacterial Pathogenesis, and Ecology and Ecosystems preservations at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (UNMSM), Lima - Peru.

Chris was an assistant professor of Veterinary Microbiology at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the National University of San Marcos - UNMSM (Lima, Peru) from 2011-2014. She has also was the principal professor in the subjects of Immunology and Bacterial pathogenesis in the MSc in Animal Health at the UNMSM. 

Research

 

Chris has worked conducting research in bacterial diseases affecting a variety of animal species especially pigs, lambs, cows and small animals, and with different bacteria genera: Staphylococcus, Streptococcus, E.coli, Klebsiella, Pasteurella and Mannheimia.

She has also worked in antimicrobial resistance and zoonoses (including MRSA, Brucellosis, Anthrax, Salmonellosis, Leptospirosis and Echinococcosis). More recently, her work strongly focusses on antimicrobial resistance in humans and animals applying the One Health concept. She has collaborated with the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and LSHTM developing case studies and a web platform for the CGIAR AMR Hub.

Expertise: One Health, Infectious diseases, Bacteriology, Molecular Biology, Veterinary Epidemiology, Antimicrobial Resistance, Animal Health and Public Health (Zoonoses).

Research Area
Bacteria
Complex interventions
Diagnostics
Drug resistance
Hygiene
Sanitation
Systematic reviews
Water
Agriculture
Capacity strengthening
Disease control
Evidence use
Global Health
Outbreaks
Implementation research
Discipline
Genetic epidemiology
Molecular epidemiology
Bacteriology
Epidemiology
Immunology
Microbiology
Molecular biology
Social Sciences
Disease and Health Conditions
Infectious disease
Pandemic diseases
Emerging Infectious Disease
Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs)
Tropical diseases
Zoonotic disease
Country
Spain
Ethiopia
United Kingdom
Ghana
Kenya
Peru
Vietnam
Zimbabwe
Region
East Asia & Pacific (developing only)
Latin America & Caribbean (all income levels)
Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)