Professor Azra C Ghani
Chair in Infectious Disease Epidemiology
School of Public Health
Tel: +44 (0)20 7594 5764
Professor Azra C Ghani
My research combines the use of mathematical models and statistical methods to understand the transmission dynamics and control of a range of infectious diseases of humans and animals. The focus of my research is applied, developing both simple compartmental models and more complex individual-based models, to explore the impact of interventions and to help guide policy. In the past I have worked on a wide range of infectious diseases, including BSE and vCJD, sexually transmitted infections including HIV, and SARS.
The main focus of my current research is to develop models that can inform policies on how, where and when to implement different interventions against malaria to aid local elimination, and eventual eradication, of the parasite. See our malaria research group pages for further details.
I am interested in science communication and am in regular contact with the Science Media Centre and Sense About Science. I also give talks in schools on infectious diseases and the use of mathematical models.
Current Research Group
Mr Ndukwe Ukoha (PhD student)
HIV and STIs
Former Group Members
Dr Grace Kwong
Dr Sandy Wai-Lee Lam
I teach on Imperial College's short course on Epidemiology and Control of Infectious Diseases. This is aimed at public health professionals, policy-makers and researchers who want to learn about the basic principles and practical applications of mathematical modelling and modern quantitative methods.
Short course on Epidemiology and Control of Infectious Diseases: www.infectiousdiseasemodels.org
- White MT; Griffin JT; Riley EM; Drakeley CJ; Moorman AM; Sumba PO; Kazura JW; Ghani AC; et alJohn CC. (7 May 2011). Efficacy model for antibody-mediated pre-erythrocytic malaria vaccines. Proc Biol Sci. 278:1298-1305. Author weblink DOI.
- Dodd PJ; Millington KA; Ghani AC; Mutsvangwa J; Butterworth AE; Lalvani A; Corbett EL. (1 May 2010). Interpreting tuberculin skin tests in a population with a high prevalence of HIV, tuberculosis, and nonspecific tuberculin sensitivity. Am J Epidemiol. 171:1037-1045. Author weblink DOI.
- Walker PG; Cauchemez S; Métras R; Dung DOH; Pfeiffer D; Ghani AC. (Feb 2010). A Bayesian approach to quantifying the effects of mass poultry vaccination upon the spatial and temporal dynamics of H5N1 in Northern Vietnam. PLoS Comput Biol. 6:e1000683. Author weblink DOI Open Access copy.
- Griffin JT; Hollingsworth TD; Okell LC; Churcher TS; White M; Hinsley W; Bousema T; Drakeley CJ; et alFerguson NM; Basáñez MG; Ghani AC. (2010). Reducing Plasmodium falciparum malaria transmission in Africa: a model-based evaluation of intervention strategies. PLoS Med. 7. Author weblink DOI Open Access copy.
- Garske T; Legrand J; Donnelly CA; Ward H; Cauchemez S; Fraser C; Ferguson NM; Ghani AC. (14 Jul 2009). Assessing the severity of the novel influenza A/H1N1 pandemic. BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL. 339. Author weblink DOI.
- Fraser C; Donnelly CA; Cauchemez S; Hanage WP; Van Kerkhove MD; Hollingsworth TD; Griffin J; Baggaley RF; et alJenkins HE; Lyons EJ; Jombart T; Hinsley WR; Grassly NC; Balloux F; Ghani AC; Ferguson NM; Rambaut A; Pybus OG; Lopez-Gatell H; Alpuche-Aranda CM; Bojorquez Chapela I; Palacios Zavala E; Espejo Guevara DM; Checchi F; Garcia E; Hugonnet S; Roth C. (19 Jun 2009). Pandemic Potential of a Strain of Influenza A (H1N1): Early Findings. SCIENCE. 324:1557-1561. Author weblink DOI.
- Ghani AC; Sutherland CJ; Riley EM; Drakeley CJ; Griffin JT; Gosling RD; Filipe JA. (2009). Loss of population levels of immunity to malaria as a result of exposure-reducing interventions: consequences for interpretation of disease trends. PLoS One. 4:e4383. Author weblink DOI.
- Okell LC; Drakeley CJ; Bousema T; Whitty CJ; Ghani AC. (25 Nov 2008). Modelling the impact of artemisinin combination therapy and long-acting treatments on malaria transmission intensity. PLoS Med. 5:e226. Author weblink DOI.