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Dr Chrissy Roberts

PhD AFHEA

Associate Professor
Lead Scientist, Global Health Analytics Group

Room
Room 307

LSHTM
Keppel Street
London
WC1E 7HT
United Kingdom

Tel.
+44 (0) 20 7 927 2913

I am an associate professor in LSHTM’s Clinical Research Department and the lead scientist of the LSHTM Global Health Analytics Group. Originally trained as a laboratory scientist, the majority of my work is now highly multi-disciplinary, involving bench, field and computer based research.

My team of epidemiologists, laboratory researchers and data scientists aim to leverage emerging technology for the benefit of human health. Our current focus-points are on the development of electronic data systems for use in emergencies and epidemics, scalable low-cost laboratory diagnostics and methods for integrated surveillance of infectious diseases. Through funding from the NIHR and DHSC, my group has recently been providing data collection and real time analytics support to two major evaluations of Ebola vaccines in DR Congo.

I am the principal investigator of the NIHR funded Emergency and Epidemic Data Kit project, which won the 2018 LSHTM Director's Award for Best Research Group and the 2017 LSHTM Director's Award for innovation in teaching and learning and to the taught experience. Since 2018, the EDK project team has worked closely with the WHO to control Ebolavirus in DR Congo, work that has led to the first licensure of an effective vaccine against Ebola. More recently we have worked with the WHO to study vaccines and therapeutics targeted against SARS-CoV2

I am a co-investigator and senior data coordinator on the flagship "Tujiokowe" (DRC-EB-001) trial, a major evaluation of Janssen pharmaceuticals' heterologous two dose ebola vaccine, which is funded by a £22m grant from CEPI.

I am a co-investigator and lead two work-packages on FIEBRE, a £10m DfID funded study on the causes of fever in Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs). I am also the principal investigator of the lab based Mos-Def study, a sister study to FIEBRE which is funded by a £360,000 grant from The Global Good Fund.

I previously led a major programme of research in to the epidemiology of trachoma in the Western Pacific Region, research that was funded by more than £800,000 in grants from the International Trachoma Initiative, Fred Hollows Foundation and Coalition for Operational Research on NTDs (COR-NTD).

Affiliations

Department of Clinical Research
Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases

Teaching

I have extensive teaching experience and I am involved in the LSHTM taught course and distance learning programme as well as supervising and mentoring research degree students.

I am the Module Organiser for the Distance Learning Module IDM-102 : Principles of Biology.

Along with my colleagues Michael Marks & Matthew MacGregor, I was the recipient of the  2017 LSHTM Director's Award for Excellence and innovation in the use of technology to enhance learning.

 

 

Research

An up to date list of my grants and research activities is available on ORCID

https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1064-5980

Research Area
Clinical trials
Decision analysis
Diagnostics
Human genetics
Innate immunity
Public health
Statistical methods
Vaccines
Disease control
Electronic health records
Evaluation
Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
Global Health
Immunisation
Methodology
Mixed methods
Mobile technologies
Older people's health
Outbreaks
Physical activity
Education
Discipline
Genetic epidemiology
Genomics
Immunoepidemiology
Molecular epidemiology
Anthropology
Biochemistry
Epidemiology
Genetics
GIS/Spatial analysis
Immunology
Microbiology
Molecular biology
Operational research
Statistics
Bioinformatics
Opthalmology
Disease and Health Conditions
Cancer
Eye diseases
Infectious disease
Leprosy
Trachoma
Blindness
Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs)
Sexually transmitted infection
Skin disease
Tropical diseases
Country
The Gambia
Guinea-Bissau
Senegal
Tanzania
Region
World

Selected Publications

Extremely high SARS-CoV-2 seroprevalence in a strictly-Orthodox Jewish community in the UK
Gaskell K; Johnson M; Gould V; Hunt A; Stone NRH; Waites W; Kasstan B; Chantler T; Lal S; Roberts C
2021
Salivary DNA loads for human herpes viruses 6 and 7 are correlated with disease phenotype in Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/ Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Lee J-S; Lacerda EM; Nacul L; Kingdon CC; Norris J; O'Boyle S; Roberts CH; Palla L; Riley EM; Cliff JM
2021
Transmission of COVID-19 in 282 clusters in Catalonia, Spain: a cohort study.
Marks M; Millat-Martinez P; Ouchi D; Roberts CH; Alemany A; Corbacho-Monné M; Ubals M; Tobias A; Tebé C; Ballana E
2021
The Lancet. Infectious diseases
Effect of repeated epilation for minor trachomatous trichiasis on lash burden, phenotype and surgical management willingness: A cohort study.
Habtamu E; Wondie T; Gobezie W; Tadesse Z; Gashaw B; Gebeyehu A; Roberts CH; Callahan EK; Macleod D; Burton MJ
2020
PLOS NEGLECTED TROPICAL DISEASES
Transmission of COVID-19 in 282 clusters in Catalonia, Spain: a cohort study
Marks M; Millat-Martinez P; Ouchi D; Roberts C; Alemany A; Corbacho-Monné M; Ubals M; Tobias A; Tebé C; Ballana E
2020
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