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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

Presence of donor-encoded centromeric KIR B content increases the risk of infectious mortality in recipients of myeloablative, T-cell deplete, HLA-matched HCT to treat AML.
Bultitude WP; Schellekens J; Szydlo RM; Anthias C; Cooley SA; Miller JS; Weisdorf DJ; Shaw BE; Roberts CH; Garcia-Sepulveda CA
2020
Bone Marrow Transplantation
Ocular Chlamydia trachomatis infection, anti-Pgp3 antibodies and conjunctival scarring in Vanuatu and Tarawa, Kiribati before antibiotic treatment for trachoma.
Butcher R; Handley B; Garae M; Taoaba R; Pickering H; Bong A; Sokana O; Burton MJ; Sepúlveda N; Cama A
2020
Journal of Infection
Trachoma, anti-Pgp3 serology and ocular Chlamydia trachomatis infection in Papua New Guinea.
Macleod CK; Butcher R; Javati S; Gwyn S; Jonduo M; Abdad MY; Roberts CH; Keys D; Koim SP; Ko R
2020
Clinical infectious diseases : an official publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
An e-registry for household contacts exposed to multidrug resistant TB in Mongolia.
Naker K; Gaskell KM; Dorjravdan M; Dambaa N; Roberts CH; Moore DAJ
2020
BMC medical informatics and decision making
Conjunctival Microbiome-Host Responses Are Associated With Impaired Epithelial Cell Health in Both Early and Late Stages of Trachoma.
Pickering H; Palmer CD; Houghton J; Makalo P; Joof H; Derrick T; Goncalves A; Mabey DCW; Bailey RL; Burton MJ
2019
FRONTIERS IN CELLULAR AND INFECTION MICROBIOLOGY
THE PREVALENCES OF COMMON INFECTIOUS SKIN DISEASES IN THE BIJAGOS ARCHIPELAGO, GUINEA-BISSAU
Sammut T; Teixeira Da Silva Cassama E; Gomes Cabral M; Goncalves A; Roberts C; Last A; Marks M; Walker S
2019
TRANSACTIONS OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY OF TROPICAL MEDICINE AND HYGIENE
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