Past Students

Dr Dominic Thorrington

Dom’s PhD thesis (supervised by Dr Mark Jit) explored the social and economic impact of outbreaks of infectious diseases such as influenza and measles, and modelled heterogeneous vaccination coverage between schools to establish the importance of avoiding low-coverage areas in the community. Prior to his PhD, Dom worked in NHS commissioning after studying at Imperial College London for an MSc in Modern Epidemiology and BSc in Mathematics.

Dom is now a mathematical modeller and health economist at Public Health England focusing on examining ways to reduce the burden of both influenza and pneumococcal disease in the elderly population of several EU countries. He uses both dynamic and static models to estimate disease burden before conducting cost-effectiveness analyses to consider the costs and benefits of modifications to existing vaccination programmes. His research is funded by the I-MOVE+ project, commissioned by the EU H2020 programme.

Dr Kate Gallagher

Kate’s PhD thesis (supervised by Dr Deborah Watson-Jones) focused on the introduction of Human Papillomavirus vaccination in the Kilimanjaro region.  Her relevant prior experience includes a cost-analysis of care in maternal child health centres and a patient/health worker survey in Somaliland and working with a Malaria/TB/HAT diagnostics product development partnership in Geneva. She has a BA in Biological Natural Sciences and an Msc in Epidemiology.  Kate is currently the International Study Coordinator on the EBOVAC1 project at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

Dr Carolyn Nielsen

Carolyn’s PhD thesis (supervised by Professor Eleanor Riley), supported by an MRC Vaccine Research studentship, focused on the impact of human cytomegalovirus infection on natural killer cell responses to vaccines.  Prior to her PhD, Carolyn graduated with a BSc in Biology from Durham University before completing a ScM in Molecular Microbiology and Immunology at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.  Carolyn is currently a Postdoctoral Immunologist working on the Blood Stage Malaria Vaccine Programme at The Jenner Institute.