Dr Anna Borlase

Research Interests

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I am an infectious disease epidemiologist primarily working on the neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), a group of diseases which typically affect the world’s poorest communities. I use data-driven approaches, in particular mathematical modelling and statistical analyses, focusing on research questions of operational and policy relevance, and I am passionate about the impact and contribution quantitative research can make towards global efforts to alleviate the burden of suffering caused by the NTDs.

I joined the Department of Biology in 2023 as a Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellow. In this fellowship I aim to evaluate the complex relationships between community infection dynamics, individual history of infection (for example number, duration, and intensity of infections experienced) and morbidity, both long and short-term. I am initially focusing on trachoma (an infectious cause of blindness) and schistosomiasis (a parasitic infection), but plan to expand my work to other NTDs associated with chronic morbidity outcomes. Having originally trained and practiced as a veterinarian, I am very interested in zoonotic diseases, in particular multi-host systems, partitioning of host contribution to transmission, and One Health approaches. During my fellowship I also aim to explore and quantify the ongoing morbidity burden from zoonotic transmission for certain NTDs, as well as the obstacle non-human reservoirs may present to interruption of transmission.

If you are interested in collaborating or joining my group, please do get in touch!

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