Dr Chris Pinto
BVetMed DVM MSc PhD
in Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR - One Health)
15-17 Tavistock Place
Chris Pinto is a veterinarian from Peru. Currently, she works at the Global Health and Development department of the Public Health and Policy Faculty conducting a systematic review applying a One Health approach 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). Chris is currently the Head of the Clinical and Veterinary Sciences Pillar at the Antimicrobial Resistance Centre, and the Educational Lead of the Fleming Fund fellows at the school.
Chris obtained her 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) where she also obtained a Diploma of Advanced studies (D.E.A.) prior to the doctorate. Her PhD thesis focused on the molecular epidemiology of respiratory bacterial infections affecting lambs in abattoirs. Chris received a 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.
Chris was an assistant professor of Veterinary Microbiology at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the National University of San Marcos - UNMSM (Lima, Peru) 2011-2014. She has also collaborated as a professor in the subjects of Immunology and Bacterial pathogenesis.
Chris has ten years of experience working initially as a graduate assistant, and then as a research assistant and assistant professor at the Veterinary Microbiology Laboratory at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, San Marcos National University (Lima, Peru). She has worked conducting research in bacterial diseases affecting various 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, Epidemiology, Antimicrobial Resistance, Animal Health and Public Health (Zoonoses).