Dr Laith Yakob
BSc MSc DPhil
I am particularly interested in the epidemiology of infectious diseases and in novel technologies for their control. Main research themes include the relationships between climate and disease ecology, cutting-edge methods for combatting diseases (vaccines, integrated control strategy) and disease vectors (systemic insecticides, Wolbachia and genetic control). My research centres at the confluence of the lab, the field and computational modelling.
I am on the Senate Postgraduate Taught Committee. I am both the Exam Board Chair and the Deputy Course Director for the MSc in Medical Parasitology (MP) and in Medical Entomology for Disease Control (MEDiC). I co-organise the core modules and field trips for MP and MEDiC.
I am 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. I am also a founding member of the Antimicrobial Resistance Centre at LSHTM, where I previously acted as the disciplinary head for Epidemiology and Modelling.
ACTIVE RESEARCH PROJECTS:
Modelling the impact of a transmission blocking vaccine against leishmaniasis on sand fly vectorial capacity
VALIDATE Network Grant
Early warning systems for dengue outbreaks in SE Asia and Australia
NHMRC (PI Wenbiao Hu; Co-Is: Yakob, Devine, Tu).
New vectors, new diseases: the risk of chikungunya transmission in Australia
NHMRC (PI Francesca Frentiu; Co-Is: Hu, Devine, Yakob, McGraw).
ZIKAPLAN: Zika Preparedness Latin American Network
ERC-funded Consortium (PI Annelise Wilder-Smith; large network of Co-Is including Yakob).