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Dr Laith Yakob

BSc MSc DPhil

Assistant Professor
in Disease Vector Biology

LSHTM
Keppel Street
London
WC1E 7HT
United Kingdom

Tel.
+44(0)207 927 2684

Laith is an infectious disease ecologist with particular interest in vector-borne diseases. He obtained his BSc in Parasitology from University of Glasgow, his MSc in Modern Epidemiology from Imperial College London and his doctorate in Mathematical Modelling from University of Oxford. During his postdoctoral career in the US (University of California) and Australia (University of Queensland) he used modelling to understand the dynamics and strategise the control of infectious diseases across numerous, disparate systems. These include African highland malaria; Caribbean coral reef pathogens; healthcare-acquired Clostridium difficile; soil-transmitted helminths and schistosomes in the Philippines; dengue and chikungunya across Europe and SE Asia; Echinococcus multilocularis and E. granulosus zoonoses in China; and sexually transmitted infections in Australia.

Affiliations

Department of Disease Control
Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases

Centres

Malaria Centre
Mathematical Modelling of Infectious Diseases
Antimicrobial Resistance Centre

Teaching

Laith is Deputy Course Director for the MSc in Medical Parasitology and in Medical Entomology for Disease Control (MEDiC). 

Research

Laith is one of the founding eight core members of the UK Public Health Rapid Support Team, who support countries responding to and controlling disease outbreaks before they can develop into a global threat. He is also a founding member of the Antimicrobial Resistance Centre at LSHTM, where he acts as the disciplinary head for Epidemiology and Modelling.

 

ACTIVE RESEARCH PROJECTS:

2017-2019
New vectors, new diseases: the risk of chikungunya transmission in Australia
NHMRC (PI Francesca Frentiu; Co-Is: Hu, Devine, Yakob, McGraw). 

2017-2021
ZIKAPLAN: Zika Preparedness Latin American Network
ERC-funded Consortium (PI Annelise Wilder-Smith; large network of Co-Is including Yakob).

2016-2020
Mosquito biting behaviour and arboviral transmission: interactions between intrinsic host preferences and local environmental conditions
MRC (PI Yakob; Co-I Walker).

2016-17
ZIKA: surveillance, risk factors and vector management in Brazil
MRC/Newton/Wellcome Trust (PI Yakob; Co-Is: Brasil, Cameron, Edmunds, Funk, Lines, Logan, Rodrigues, Rowland, Walker).

 

Research Area
Climate change
Complex interventions
Decision analysis
Helminths
Insects
Parasites
Systematic reviews
Disease control
Global Health
Outbreaks
Protozoa
Vector control
Modelling
Discipline
Epidemiology
Mathematical modelling
Parasitology
Vector biology
Entomology
Disease and Health Conditions
Diarrhoeal diseases
Infectious disease
Malaria
Pandemic diseases
African trypanosomiasis
Dengue
Emerging Infectious Disease
Hospital acquired infection
Influenza
Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs)
Respiratory disease
Schistosomiasis
Tropical diseases
Vector borne disease
Zoonotic disease

Selected Publications

Co-distribution and co-infection of chikungunya and dengue viruses.
Furuya-Kanamori, L. ; Liang, S. ; Milinovich, G. ; Soares Magalhaes, R.J. ; Clements, A.C. ; Hu, W. ; Brasil, P. ; Frentiu, F.D. ; Dunning, R. ; Yakob, L. ;
BMC Infect Dis
Heterogeneous and Dynamic Prevalence of Asymptomatic Influenza Virus Infections
Furuya-Kanamori, L.; Cox, M.; Milinovich, G.J.; Magalhaes, R.J.S.; MacKay, I.M.; Yakob, L.
Emerging Infectious Diseases
Dynamic spatiotemporal trends of imported dengue fever in Australia.
Huang, X. ; Yakob, L. ; Devine, G. ; Frentiu, F.D. ; Fu, S.Y. ; Hu, W. ;
Sci Rep
Low risk of a sexually-transmitted Zika virus outbreak.
Yakob, L. ; Kucharski, A. ; Hue, S. ; Edmunds, W.J. ;
Lancet Infect Dis
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