Dr Kiesha Prem


Assistant Professor


Keppel Street
United Kingdom

I am an infectious disease modeller at LSHTM. I received my PhD in Public Health from the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health (SSHSPH) at the National University of Singapore (NUS), where I have a secondary appointment. From 2019 to 2021, I chaired the seminars at the Centre for the Mathematical Modelling of Infectious Diseases (CMMID) at LSHTM.


Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology
Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health


Centre for the Mathematical Modelling of Infectious Diseases (CMMID)


With Professor Mark Jit, I helped design and coordinate Health Decision Science, a recommended course for MSc Public Health (Health Economics and Health Services and Management) and MSc Health Policy Planning & Finance. I also lecture on the Public Health and Epidemiology module, a core module for the undergraduate Public Health major at NUS. I have conducted several courses: I have lectured at and facilitated data analysis and biostatistics R workshops — at the University of Public Health (Yangon, Myanmar), Mahidol University (Bangkok, Thailand), UCSI University (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) — and infectious disease modelling workshops — at LSHTM, NUS and Ministry of Health (Brunei). I facilitated a Health Technology Assessment workshop for health professionals jointly organised by the NUS and the Health Intervention and Technology Assessment Program (HITAP). I also lead the Mathematics and Public Health course with secondary school students in Singapore. 


I supervise undergraduate and postgraduate students at LSHTM and NUS.


As an infectious disease modeller, my research interests involve building computational models to understand the population impact and cost-effectiveness of interventions against infectious diseases. I led the development and updates of the global age- and location-specific contact synthetic contact matrices for contact-transmissible infections. I am also involved in several modelling studies to evaluate the cost-effectiveness and feasibility of the global eradication of vaccine-type human papillomavirus. I provide technical expertise to the national Tuberculosis and HIV programmes and other local partners in Cambodia, where we evaluate active case-finding modalities and interventions to improve treatment outcomes.
In my secondary appointment at NUS, I lead the NUS public health research office in Lao PDR, where we collaborate with Lao Tropical & Public Health Institute and the University of Health Sciences of Lao PDR.


Research Area
Sexual health
Global Health
Health economics
GIS/Spatial analysis
Mathematical modelling
Operational research
Disease and Health Conditions
Human papillomavirus (HPV)
East Asia & Pacific (all income levels)

Selected Publications

Recent economic evaluation of 1-dose HPV vaccination uses unsupported assumptions.
Burger E; Baussano I; Kim JJ; Laprise J-F; Berkhof J; Schiller JT; Canfell K; Prem K; Brisson M; Jit M
SARS-CoV-2 antibodies protect against reinfection for at least 6 months in a multicentre seroepidemiological workplace cohort.
Finch E; Lowe R; Fischinger S; de St Aubin M; Siddiqui SM; Dayal D; Loesche MA; Rhee J; Beger S; Hu Y
PLoS Biology
Changes in social contacts in England during the COVID-19 pandemic between March 2020 and March 2021 as measured by the CoMix survey: A repeated cross-sectional study.
Gimma A; Munday JD; Wong KLM; Coletti P; van Zandvoort K; Prem K; CMMID COVID-19 working group; Klepac P; Rubin GJ; Funk S
PLoS medicine
Mean contacts by age and date
Gimma A; Munday JD; Wong KLM; Coletti P; Van Zandvoort K; Prem K; Klepac P; Rubin GJ; Funk S; Edmunds WJ
The importance of saturating density dependence for population-level predictions of SARS-CoV-2 resurgence compared with density-independent or linearly density-dependent models, England, 23 March to 31 July 2020.
Nightingale ES; Brady OJ; CMMID Covid-19 working group; Yakob L
Euro surveillance : bulletin Europeen sur les maladies transmissibles = European communicable disease bulletin
Economic Evaluation of Community Tuberculosis Active Case-Finding Approaches in Cambodia: A Quasi-Experimental Study.
Teo AKJ; Prem K; Wang Y; Pande T; Smelyanskaya M; Gerstel L; Chry M; Tuot S; Yi S
International journal of environmental research and public health
Prevalence and Determinants of Vaginal Infection With Human Papillomavirus Among Female University Students in Vietnam.
VAN Trang N; Prem K; Toh ZQ; Viet Ha BT; Ngoc Lan PT; Tran HP; Pham QD; VAN Khuu N; Jit M; Luu DT
In vivo (Athens, Greece)
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