15 December 2017
We are always looking for ways to see science in action in unique ways and 2 Manchester based sisters have done just that by applying Mathematics to create a first of its kind dress, the perfect black dress, for all womenRead more
Evolutionary Dynamics of Human Diseases
Dr Katrina Lythgoe is a Wellcome Trust Research Fellow at the Infectious Disease Epidemiology Department at Imperial College London.
Dr Lythgoe was awarded a Fellowship to continue her work in multiscale evolutionary dynamics to help combat the spread of infectious diseases (such as malaria and HIV). Her work will try to understand how pathogens are likely to evolve under different intervention strategies before they are widely implemented with the use of appropriate mathematical models. Because pathogens are typically subject to conflicting selection pressures it is important to simultaneously model the selection within individuals and at transmission. Although many pathogen strains are typically present in an infected individual, existing models do not account for this, even though this is likely to have a dramatic impact on predictions. The aim is to develop a modelling framework that concurrently follows up to 100 strains during each infection together with transmission at the population level which will be applied to HIV and malaria while also informing the design of intervention strategies for these diseases. Dr Lythgoe plans to spend the fellowship on an important international research trip as well as travel and childcare costs.
15 December 2017
10 May 2017
The two winners of PhD poster competition were announced at the 2017 For Women in Science Awards.Read more