Dr Laith Yakob
BSc MSc DPhil
I am an epidemiologist developing strategies for mitigating resistance in infectious disease control. There are two main themes in which I contribute research: modernized integrated management of insecticide-resistant disease vectors, and, improved methods of surveillance and control of antimicrobial resistance. Although these systems are distinct, there is considerable homology in the mechanisms by which resistance spreads and is managed. I use different kinds of statistical and mathematical modelling to address these themes.
I am the Taught Programme co-Director for ITD. I teach on Parasitology and Entomology (3122) supermodule; the Medical Parasitology & Medical Entomology 1-week field trip (3133); Vector Sampling, Identification & Incrimination (3141); Vector-Parasite Interactions (3166); Modelling & the Dynamics of Infectious Diseases (2464); Integrated Vector Management (3176). I am a short course instructor for 'Introduction to Infectious Disease Modelling and Its Applications', and, 'Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR): a Multidisciplinary Approach'
ACTIVE RESEARCH PROJECTS:
Malaria vector biocontrol using Wolbachia
Private philanthropist funded
The role of Aedes albopictus in dengue transmission
Merck Sharp & Dohme project grant
Cost-effectiveness of a Clostridium difficile vaccine in the UK
Pfizer Inc. project grant
Developing target characteristics for mosquito suppression and replacement programmes using modelling
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation grant