Dr Chrissy h Roberts

Associate Professor

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
Keppel Street
United Kingdom

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, focused on research methodology, research about data and technological innovations for bench, field and computer based methods for public good.

As a research methodologist, I am particularly interested in understanding how emerging technology can be leveraged for the benefit of human health. Drawing on a diverse skills set, I apply mixed methods from epidemiology, laboratory sciences, data science & analytics to a broad range of public health problems. Current focus-points of my work centre on the development of electronic data systems for use in health emergencies and epidemics, on scalable low-cost laboratory diagnostics and on 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 was 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. I was also 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 was funded by a £22m grant from CEPI.

I was a co-investigator and lead of two work-packages on FIEBRE, a £10m UK Government (FCDO/UKAID) 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 GHLabs (formerly 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, Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust and Coalition for Operational Research on NTDs (COR-NTD). This work supported ministries of health in Fiji, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Kiribati and Papua New Guinea in their very successful public health programmes which aim to elimination of trachoma as a public health problem.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, my work moved in another new direction and I am currently focussing on research to better understand the opportunities, barriers and methods that can facilitate high quality mixed methods (qual/quant) research during health emergencies. The next phase of this work will look at the ethics of online survey based research and at how machine learning can support rapid analysis of anthropological data during health crises.

A substantial focus of my current work is the development of novel methods for data collection, processing, management and governance in global health research. Working exclusively in the open-source domain, I use emerging software and hardware to implement novel platforms for data science. This includes the creation of code which is available on my github repositories at and


Department of Clinical Research
Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases


Centre for Epidemic Preparedness and Response


I am the research degrees coordinator for LSHTM's Clinical Research Department

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.

I am the Exam Board Chair for the LSHTM Distance Learning Programme Postgraduate Certificate/Postgraduate Diploma/MSc in Infectious Diseases

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.


Multi-disciplinary and mixed methods research
Emerging technology
Data Science and Analytics
Electronic Data Collection Software
Clinical trials
Clinical Research Methodology
Neglected Tropical Diseases
Infectious Diseases
Research Area
Genetic Epidemiology
Molecular biology
Molecular epidemiology
Operational research
Data management
Data science
Mixed methods research
Research methodology
Disease and Health Conditions
Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs)
Non-communicable diseases
Pandemic diseases
Tropical diseases
Infectious diseases
Emerging infectious diseases

Selected Publications

Estimated impact of the UK soft drinks industry levy on childhood hospital admissions for carious tooth extractions: interrupted time series analysis.
Rogers, NT; Conway, DI; Mytton, O; ROBERTS, CH; Rutter, H; Sherriff, A; White, M; Adams, J;
BMJ nutrition, prevention & health
Dynamics of Trypanosoma cruzi infection in hamsters and novel association with progressive motor dysfunction
Langston, H; FORTES FRANCISCO, A; Doidge, C; ROBERTS, CH; Khan, AA; Jayawardhana, S; TAYLOR, MC; KELLY, JM; Lewis, MD;
PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
Dynamics of<i>Trypanosoma cruzi</i>infection in hamsters and novel association with progressive motor dysfunction
Langston, H; Francisco, AF; Doidge, C; ROBERTS, C; Khan, A; Jayawardhana, S; Taylor, M; Kelly, J; Lewis, M;
The UK Soft Drinks Industry Levy and childhood hospital admissions for asthma in England
Rogers, N; CUMMINS, S; Jones, C; Mytton, O; ROBERTS, C; Shaheen, S; Shah, SA; Sheikh, A; White, M; Adams, J;
KIR-HLA interactions extend human CD8+ T cell lifespan in vivo
Zhang, Y; Yan, AW; Boelen, L; Hadcocks, L; Salam, A; Gispert, DP; Spanos, L; Bitria, LM; Nemat-Gorgani, N; Traherne, JA; ROBERTS, C; Koftori, D; Taylor, GP; Forton, D; Norman, PJ; Marsh, SG; Busch, R; Macallan, DC; Asquith, B;
The Journal of clinical investigation
HLA-A, -B, -C, -DPB1, -DQB1 and -DRB1 allele frequencies of North Tanzanian Maasai.
Barton, A; Ramadhani, A; Mafuru, E; MTUY, T; Massae, P; Malissa, A; Derrick, T; Houghton, J; HARTE, A; Payne, T; Pickering, H; BURTON, MJ; ROBERTS, CH; HOLLAND, MJ;
Human immunology
Sequence based HLA-DRB1, -DQB1 and -DPB1 allele and haplotype frequencies in The Gambia.
Barton, A; Pickering, H; Payne, T; Faal, N; Sillah, A; HARTE, A; BAILEY, RL; MABEY, DC W; ROBERTS, CH; HOLLAND, MJ;
Human immunology
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