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CID Research Round up in 2018

last modified Jul 08, 2019 04:02 PM
As the new year begins, Cambridge Infectious Diseases is delighted to share a small selection of what some of our researchers have been up to in 2018.

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CID has over 110 Principal Investigators in our network. You can find out more about our researchers in the CID Researcher Directory, which you can search by theme or keyword. 


Professor Julia Gog (DAMTP)

Julia Gog is Professor of Mathematical Biology at the University of Cambridge, where she works on the mathematics of infectious diseases. Professor Gog worked on the BBC Pandemic citizen science project, with thousands of volunteers using a smartphone app, predicting the spread of an influenza pandemic. The results were broadcast on BBC 4 in Contagion! The BBC 4 Pandemic in March 2018. In July, Professor Gog received the Vice-Chancellor’s Impact Award for her work to produce mathematical modelling that helps predict how UK populations move and interact, and consequently how and where a virus would spread.


Professor Lisa Hall (Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology)

Lisa Hall is Professor of Analytical Biotechnology at the University of Cambridge. In 2018, Professor Hall became principal investigator on a new MRC/ Newton project, Affordable near-patient diagnostics to distinguish infectious diseases in the Philippines (AND2ID in Ph) (Oct 18-Sept 21). It was through Cambridge Infectious Diseases activities that Professor Hall and co-investigator on the project Estée Török (Medicine) started collaborating together. 


Dr Christos Lynteris (Formerly CRASSH- now Social Anthropology, University of St Andrews)

Dr Christos Lynteris was Principal Investigator of the ERC-funded project “Visual Representations of the Third Plague Pandemic”, examining the visual representation of plague outbreaks during the third plague pandemic (1855-1959). The project produced a number of outputs in 2018, including the launch of an online photographic database and the book Plague and the City. In November 2018, Dr Lynteris also published “The Anthropology of Epidemic Control: Technologies and Materialities”.


Professor Lalita Ramakrishnan (Department of Medicine)

Lalita Ramakrishnan is Professor of Immunology and Infectious Diseases in the Department of Medicine, where she studies tuberculosis disease pathogenesis in the zebrafish. In 2018, she released new research finding that TB normally manifests within less than two years, which featured in The Telegraph (“Study challenges 'walking timebomb' view of TB”). She was also elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2018.


Professor Alan Short (Department of Architecture)

Alan Short is Professor of Architecture at the University of Cambridge, focusing on sustainable buildings. Professor Short is currently the principal investigator on the interdisciplinary AHRC project “Excising Infection in the Surgical Environment [ExISE]”, 2017-19. The project explores antimicrobial resistance and operating theatre design.