Professor Emily Webb

MMath MSc PhD

of Medical Statistics and Epidemiology


Keppel Street
United Kingdom

+44 (0)207 9272012

My background is in Mathematics and Medical Statistics. I joined the LSHTM in October 2008 after previously working in statistical genetics at the Institute of Cancer Research.


Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health
Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology


Malaria Centre
Centre for Maternal Adolescent Reproductive & Child Health (MARCH)
TB Centre
Vaccine Centre


I co-organise (with Rein Houben and Lois Kim) the distance-learning module EPM202 (Statistical Methods in Epidemiology). I also teach on the in-house courses Statistics for Epidemiology and Population Health (STEPH) and Statistical Methods in Epidemiology (SME). I am a tutor for both the Epidemiology and Medical Statistics MSc courses.


I am Deputy Director of the MRC International Statistics and Epidemiology Group (ISEG), and am co-theme leader (with Tansy Edwards) for ISEG's work on emerging and neglected diseases. My current research focuses on the design and analysis of intervention and observational studies in the fields of helminths, tuberculosis and child health, with a particular interest in cluster randomised trials.

I work with the Immunomodulation and Vaccines (I-VAC) Programme at the MRC/UVRI and LSHTM Uganda Research Unit. I am the trial statistician on the Entebbe Mother and Baby Study (EMaBS). This birth cohort, located in Entebbe, Uganda, investigates the impact of helminth infections and their treatment during pregnancy on birth outcomes, illness and allergy events during infancy, and on immunological responses to childhood vaccinations. I also co-lead the Co-Host study which is investigating the imapct of early-life and current exposures on responses to SARS-CoV-2 among EMaBS participants. I am a co-investigator on the POPVAC programme, which aims to understand population differences in vaccine response and to determine how vaccine effectiveness can be optimised for tropical low-income countries (LICs), based on trials in urban and rural populations in Uganda. I additionally provide statistical supervision and capacity building to other members of the I-VAC team.

I was trial statistician on the HomeACF Study, a household cluster randomised trial of active case finding for HIV and TB, preventive treatment against TB, and ART initiation to prevent TB disease and transmission, in South Africa. I am also the trial statistician for the ABAaNA early intervention trial, which investigates the feasibility and effectiveness of early intervention for young infants at high risk of neurodevelopmental delay and disability in Uganda.

I lead the EDCTP-funded ENTRANT fellowship scheme which is providing epidemiology and outbreak preparedness training to 15 public health practitioners from Botswana, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia. I currently have doctoral students working on statistical modelling of vaccine responses among Uganda adolescents, impact of fatty meal co-administration and double-dosing on albendazole effectivenesss, and the use of advanced statistical methods to assess survival and disease progression among participants with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in low and middle income countries.

Research Area
Child health
Clinical trials
Complex interventions
Infectious disease policy
Adolescent health
Capacity strengthening
Randomised controlled trials
Genetic epidemiology
Disease and Health Conditions
Infectious disease
Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs)
South Africa
Sub-Saharan Africa (all income levels)

Selected Publications

Epidemiology of Alcohol Misuse and Illicit Drug Use Among Young People Aged 15-24 Years in Fishing Communities in Uganda.
Kuteesa MO; Weiss HA; Cook S; Seeley J; Ssentongo JN; Kizindo R; Ngonzi P; Sewankambo M; Webb EL
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Maternal Latent Mycobacterium tuberculosis Does Not Affect the Infant Immune Response Following BCG at Birth: An Observational Longitudinal Study in Uganda.
Lubyayi L; Mawa PA; Nabakooza G; Nakibuule M; Tushabe JV; Serubanja J; Aibo D; Akurut H; Tumusiime J; Hasso-Agopsowicz M
Vitamin D Status Is Not Associated with Cognitive or Motor Function in Pre-School Ugandan Children.
Mutua AM; Nampijja M; Elliott AM; Pettifor JM; Williams TN; Abubakar A; Webb EL; Atkinson SH
Cross-reactive carbohydrate determinant-specific IgE obscures true atopy and exhibits ⍺-1,3-fucose epitope-specific inverse associations with asthma.
Nkurunungi G; Mpairwe H; Versteeg SA; van Diepen A; Nassuuna J; Kabagenyi J; Nambuya I; Sanya RE; Nampijja M; Serna S
Genital self-sampling compared with cervicovaginal lavage for the diagnosis of female genital schistosomiasis in Zambian women: The BILHIV study.
Sturt AS; Webb EL; Phiri CR; Mweene T; Chola N; van Dam GJ; Corstjens PLAM; Wessels E; Stothard JR; Hayes R
PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
Does Intensive Treatment Select for Praziquantel Resistance in High-Transmission Settings? Parasitological Trends and Treatment Efficacy Within a Cluster-Randomized Trial.
Tushabe JV; Lubyayi L; Sserubanja J; Kabuubi P; Abayo E; Kiwanuka S; Nassuuna J; Kaweesa J; Corstjens P; van Dam G
Open forum infectious diseases
Randomised controlled pilot feasibility trial of an early intervention programme for young infants with neurodevelopmental impairment in Uganda: a study protocol.
Nampijja M; Webb E; Nanyunja C; Sadoo S; Nalugya R; Nyonyintono J; Muhumuza A; Ssekidde M; Katumba K; Magnusson B
BMJ open
Do helminth infections underpin urban-rural differences in risk factors for allergy-related outcomes?
Nkurunungi G; Lubyayi L; Versteeg SA; Sanya RE; Nassuuna J; Kabagenyi J; Kabuubi PN; Tumusiime J; Zziwa C; Kizindo R
Clinical and experimental allergy
The Effect of Helminth Infections and Their Treatment on Metabolic Outcomes: Results of a Cluster-Randomized Trial.
Sanya RE; Webb EL; Zziwa C; Kizindo R; Sewankambo M; Tumusiime J; Nakazibwe E; Oduru G; Niwagaba E; Nakawungu PK
Clinical infectious diseases
Is birth weight associated with blood pressure among African children and adolescents? A systematic review.
Lule SA; Elliott AM; Smeeth L; Webb EL
Journal of developmental origins of health and disease
Are birthweight and postnatal weight gain in childhood associated with blood pressure in early adolescence? Results from a Ugandan birth cohort.
Lule SA; Namara B; Akurut H; Muhangi L; Lubyayi L; Nampijja M; Akello F; Tumusiime J; Aujo JC; Oduru G
International journal of epidemiology
Design and protocol for a pragmatic randomised study to optimise screening, prevention and care for tuberculosis and HIV in Malawi (PROSPECT Study).
MacPherson P; Webb EL; Lalloo DG; Nliwasa M; Maheswaran H; Joekes E; Phiri D; Squire B; Pai M; Corbett EL
Early Childhood Outcomes After Neonatal Encephalopathy in Uganda: A Cohort Study.
Tann CJ; Webb EL; Lassman R; Ssekyewa J; Sewegaba M; Musoke M; Burgoine K; Hagmann C; Deane-Bowers E; Norman K
Life-course of atopy and allergy-related disease events in tropical sub-Saharan Africa: A birth cohort study.
Lule SA; Mpairwe H; Nampijja M; Akello F; Kabagenyi J; Namara B; Nkurunungi G; Kizito D; Kahwa J; Muhangi L
Pediatric allergy and immunology
Initial Accuracy of HIV Rapid Test Kits Stored in Suboptimal Conditions and Validity of Delayed Reading of Oral Fluid Tests.
Choko AT; Taegtmeyer M; MacPherson P; Cocker D; Khundi M; Thindwa D; Sambakunsi RS; Kumwenda MK; Chiumya K; Malema O
PloS one
The Impact of an Intervention to Improve Malaria Care in Public Health Centers on Health Indicators of Children in Tororo, Uganda (PRIME): A Cluster-Randomized Trial.
Staedke SG; Maiteki-Sebuguzi C; DiLiberto DD; Webb EL; Mugenyi L; Mbabazi E; Gonahasa S; Kigozi SP; Willey BA; Dorsey G
The American journal of tropical medicine and hygiene
Helminths are positively associated with atopy and wheeze in Ugandan fishing communities: results from a cross-sectional survey.
Webb EL; Nampijja M; Kaweesa J; Kizindo R; Namutebi M; Nakazibwe E; Oduru G; Kabubi P; Kabagenyi J; Nkurunungi G
Uptake, Accuracy, Safety, and Linkage into Care over Two Years of Promoting Annual Self-Testing for HIV in Blantyre, Malawi: A Community-Based Prospective Study.
Choko AT; MacPherson P; Webb EL; Willey BA; Feasy H; Sambakunsi R; Mdolo A; Makombe SD; Desmond N; Hayes R
PLoS medicine
Effect of optional home initiation of HIV care following HIV self-testing on antiretroviral therapy initiation among adults in Malawi: a randomized clinical trial.
MacPherson P; Lalloo DG; Webb EL; Maheswaran H; Choko AT; Makombe SD; Butterworth AE; van Oosterhout JJ; Desmond N; Thindwa D
The effect of anthelmintic treatment during pregnancy on HIV plasma viral load: results from a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial in Uganda.
Webb EL; Kyosiimire-Lugemwa J; Kizito D; Nkurunziza P; Lule S; Muhangi L; Muwanga M; Kaleebu P; Elliott AM
Journal of acquired immune deficiency syndromes (1999)
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