Dr Deirdre Hollingsworth
Associate Professor (Reader)
School of Life Sciences: Office: B1.43
Teaching Responsibilities 2015/16:
Term 2: MA4E7 Population Dynamics: Ecology and Epidemiology
I am an infectious disease epidemiologist who uses mathematical models and statistical analyses to study the evolution and transmission dynamics of infectious diseases with the aim of informing the design of more effective control interventions. I am particularly interested in neglected tropical diseases, a group of diseases which cause suffering amongst the poorest populations of the world. I am currently leading the NTD Modelling Consortium, an international network of neglected tropical disease modellers. The NTD modelling consortium published a collection of quantitative analyses to support the achievement of neglected tropical disease goals in Parasites and Vectors in October 2015.
My research foci are lymphatic filariasis, visceral leishmaniasis and a group of intestinal worms (soil transmitted helminths or STHs) which affect a large number of children and adults in low income settings. I have ongoing interests in and the transmission and evolution of HIV in both Africa and European/North American settings as well as malaria and influenza.
Infectious disease modelling at Warwick: I am a member of the Warwick Infectious Disease Epidemiology Research centre (WIDER), a cross-department, interdisciplinary group which has a long, prestigious history in research to understand and predict the spread and control of infectious diseases. We have weekly seminars which are open to attendees from across the university.
Students: If you are interested in applying for an infectious disease modelling PhD, WIDER is a partner in MathSys, an exciting new centre for doctoral training mathematics for real-world systems, which is funded by the EPSRC. There is also funding available under the Chancellor's Scholarship schemes (national and international), with a deadline in mid January. I am also interested in supervising undergraduate projects in mathematics and life sciences, both as part of your course or as part of the URSS scheme.
Research Fellows: The University of Warwick is very supportive of research fellows, both those who are applying for research fellowships and those who already hold them. Both the School of Life Sciences and the Mathematics Institute have a track record of success in applications and give extensive support prior to application and for interviews. Please get in touch if you're interested in joining WIDER.
Outreach and Public Engagement:
- Royal Institution Mathematics Masterclasses: One of a series of half-day, weekend sessions for secondary school children to learn about how maths is used and developed beyond school. Designed a session on mathematics of infectious diseases and analysing data.
- Soapbox Science: Interactive event modelled around "Speakers' Corner" where scientists stand on a soapbox for an hour on the South Bank in London enthusing the public about science.
- Maths & Beyond : Interactive 1 hour lectures for Year 10 and 11 pupils for the Further Maths Support Centre based at the University of Warwick.
- Standing up for Science, Sense about Science: The Voice of Young Science Standing up for Science media workshops encourage early career researchers to get their voices heard in public debates about science. During the workshops we discuss concerns about speaking to the public and confront misconceptions about how the media works.
- PUBLIC LECTURE: "Surviving the Next Pandemic", Edinburgh Science Festival, 2013; "contemporary, fascinating and very engaging" according to The Student.
Honorary Lecturer, Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, School of Public Health, Imperial College London.
A full publication list is available, with links to full texts, where available.