Curriculum Vitae

Nicola is currently a Statistics Adviser at the Department for International Development. She has strong quantitative skills, including extensive experience in data collection and management, GIS, spatial analysis, and statistical and geostatistical modelling. Her experience includes applications in infectious disease epidemiology and spatial demography, with a particular focus on resource-poor settings.


EDUCATION

PhD, University of Edinburgh, 2006 – 2010. “The spatial epidemiology of Rhodesian sleeping sickness in recently affected areas of central and eastern Uganda”.

MSc in Control of Infectious Diseases, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, 2003 – 2004.

BSc (Hons) in Biological Sciences (Medical Microbiology), University of Edinburgh, 1999 – 2003.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

October 2016 - present:
Statistics Adviser, Department for International Development

July 2015 - October 2016:

Research Fellow, Geography and Environment, University of Southampton

July 2012 - June 2015:
MRC Population Health Scientist Research Fellow, Geography and Environment, University of Southampton

Oct 2008 - Oct 2012:
Distance learning tutor, Public Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

May 2010 - June 2012:
Research fellow, School of Biomedical Sciences, University of Edinburgh and Geography and Environment, University of Southampton (split post)

Feb 2005 - Oct 2006:
Information Officer/Epidemiology and Surveillance Analyst Health Protection Agency, South East (HPA SE) Regional Epidemiology Unit

RESEARCH VISITS

Feb – Mar 2014: Georges Lemaître Centre for Earth and Climate Research, Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium. Collaborative research with Dr E. De Clercq and Prof S. Vanwambeke on Bayesian modelling of tick distributions.

Jan 2013 - April 2013: School of Population Health, University of Queensland, Australia. Skills development via collaboration with Prof A. Clements. Collaborative research focussing on spatial modelling of Scrub Typhus and time-series analysis of P. vivax malaria.

October 2012: International Livestock Research Institute, Nairobi, Kenya. Collaborative research with Prof E. Fèvre focussing on zoonotic disease epidemiology in Kenya.

FUNDING AND AWARDS

Visiting scholar fellowship. Georges Lemaître Centre for Earth and Climate Research, Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium (2014), £2000.
Medical Research Council Population Health Scientist fellowship (2012 – 2015), £370,000.
First prize (postdoctoral researcher category) in the Faculty of Human and Social Science Research Showcase, University of Southampton (2011), £150.
Environmental and Social Ecology of Human Infectious Diseases Catalyst Grant (2010), PI Prof Peter Atkinson, £49,005: Named researcher with significant participation in grant development.
Page Bursary, University of Edinburgh (2009), £300.
GnosisGIS student travel bursary (2009), €150.

ADMINISTRATIVE ROLES

Leader of monthly interdisciplinary “Disease Ecology” meetings at the University of Southampton (2013 – 2015).
Early career research representative on the Research and Enterprise Committee, Geography and Environment, University of Southampton (2012 – 2015).

PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT ACTIVITIES

Developed and ran outreach activity for Year 10 students, focusing on infectious disease transmission and the effects of vaccination. University of Southampton, February 2014.
Participant in "I'm a Scientist, Get Me Out of Here", online science outreach competition, to encourage engagement of secondary aged pupils in science. March 2013.

INVITED TALKS

First WHO stakeholders meeting on Rhodesiense human African trypanosomiasis control, World Health Organization, Geneva, Oct 2014: “Estimating suitability for Rhodesian human African trypanosomiasis”.

Georges Lemaître Centre for Earth and Climate Research, Universite Catholique de Louvain, Belgium, Feb 2014
: "Bayesian spatial modelling to understand the drivers of Scrub Typhus incidence in Taiwan”

Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Imperial College, Jan 2014: “The influence of land cover, environmental and socio-economic factors on the spatial distribution of Scrub Typhus in Taiwan”.

International Livestock Research Institute, Nairobi, Kenya, Oct 2012: “Spatial modelling of sleeping sickness distributions in a newly affected area of Uganda".

School of Biological Sciences, University of Edinburgh, Jan 2012
: "Spatial modelling of sleeping sickness distributions in a newly affected area of Uganda".

University of Lancaster, Feb 2009: "The spatial epidemiology of Trypanosoma brucei rhodesiense sleeping sickness".

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene Annual Meeting, 2015. Session organiser and chair: “The spatial epidemiology and ecology of zoonotic diseases”. Philadelphia, USA.

American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene Annual Meeting, 2015. Oral presentations: “The Epidemiology of Q Fever in humans and cattle, western Kenya”. Philadelphia, USA.

American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene Annual Meeting, 2015. Oral presentations: “The spatial epidemiology of neglected zoonoses: linking human and livestock data”. Philadelphia, USA.

Global Risk Forum One Health Summit, 2015. Oral presentation: “Landscape Heterogeneity and Taenia spp. Distributions in Humans and Pigs: Evidence of Environmental Influences on Disease Transmission”. Davos, Switzerland.

Global Risk Forum One Health Summit, 2015. Oral presentation: “The Epidemiology of Q Fever in Western Kenya”. Davos, Switzerland.

Vector control, zoonoses and NTDs: emergent frontiers in global public health, International Society for Neglected Tropical Diseases, 2015. Invited speaker: “Integrating human, livestock and vector data in a unified epidemiological framework”. London, UK.

International One Health Congress, 2015
. Poster presentation: “The epidemiology of Q fever in western Kenya: a One Health exploration of spatial patterns and risk factors for infection”. Amsterdam, Netherlands.

International Congress for Parasitology, 2014. Oral presentation: “The spatial epidemiology of tapeworm infections in humans and pigs in Western Kenya”. Mexico City, Mexico.

European Network on Cysticercosis/Taeniosis working group, 2014
. Oral presentation: “The spatial epidemiology of tapeworm infections in humans and pigs in rural Kenya”. Evora, Portugal.

American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene Annual Meeting, 2013. Oral presentation and session moderator: “The influence of land cover, environmental and socio-economic factors on the spatial distribution of Scrub Typhus in Taiwan”. Washington DC, USA.

International Symposium for Geospatial Health, 2013. Oral presentation: “The influence of land cover, environmental and socio-economic factors on the spatial distribution of Scrub Typhus in Taiwan”. Naples, Italy.

British Society for Parasitology Spring Meeting, 2012. Poster: “Dispersal ecology of human African trypanosomiasis in a newly affected area of Uganda”. Glasgow, UK.

GnosisGIS 3rd International Symposium on Geospatial Health, 2009. Oral presentation: “Temporal changes in the spatial epidemiology of Rhodesian sleeping sickness in a newly affected area of Uganda”. Vietra Sul Mare, Italy.

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