Dr Deirdre Hollingsworth

Deirdre Hollingsworth is an infectious disease epidemiologist who uses mathematical models and statistical analyses to study the evolution and transmission dynamics of infectious diseases with the aim of informing the design of more effective control interventions. 

She is particularly interested in neglected tropical diseases, a group of diseases which cause suffering amongst the poorest populations of the world. She currently leads the NTD Modelling Consortium, an international network of neglected tropical disease modellers. Her research foci are a group of intestinal worms (soil transmitted helminths or STHs) which affect a large number of children and adults in low income settings and the transmission and evolution of HIV in both Africa and European/North American settings. She has on-going research interests in the transmission dynamics of malaria and influenza.

Deirdre has a joint appointment between mathematics and life sciences at the University of Warwick and the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM). This joint appointment provides a supportive environment for all aspects of her research, which involves mathematics, basic biology, clinical medicine and public health policy. The Centre for Applied Health Research and Delivery (CAHRD), in which she is based at LSTM, is a cross-department virtual centre developing and successfully implementing effective, innovative, and affordable policies and practices, to scale, for the benefit of the health of poor populations. This collaboration between the University of Warwick and LSTM in the Centre is supported by a Wellcome Trust strategic award.

Deirdre is a member of the Warwick Infectious Disease Epidemiology Research centre (WIDER), a cross-department, interdisciplinary group which has a long, prestigious history in research to understand and predict the spread and control of infectious diseases. They have weekly seminars which are open to attendees from across the university.

Deirdre leads the Visceral Leishmaniasis work for the Diagnostics Modelling Consortium.

Research area(s):