Prof Chris Drakeley

Chris Drakeley has diplomas in Parasitology and Physiology and a degree in Immunology. He worked at the MRC research laboratories in The Gambia from 1990 to 1996 where he obtained his PhD studying Natural Immunity to Malaria Transmission Stages. He then spent 10 years in Tanzania firstly as a post doc at the Ifakara Centre and then in Moshi, North Eastern Tanzania, as part of the Joint Malaria Programme studying malaria epidemiology at different transmission intensities. He returned to the UK in 2007 and is now Professor in Infection and Immunity at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and also the current Director of the LSHTM Malaria Centre.

His research centres on developing a better understanding of malaria transmission. This includes studies aimed at understanding the fundamentals of malaria transmission dynamics in endemic populations and defining the infectious reservoir of malaria. His group is involved in the comparison and optimisation of approaches to measure transmission with a focus on serological markers for exposure to infection. These components are linked together by the evaluation of strategies designed to reduce and block transmission including transmission blocking vaccines and drugs.

Chris contributes to the malaria work of the Diagnostics Modelling Consortium.

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