Poppy Lamberton

Chair of the Research Working Group; Reader, University of Glasgow

Poppy Lamberton is a parasitologist and field epidemiologist but her interdisciplinary group use a wide range of techniques to address global health issues. She is a Reader at the University of Glasgow where her team’s research is primarily motivated by how to improve the lives of those affected by neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). Her early work focused on utilising field epidemiological data, laboratory experiments, and parasite population genetics to understand population structure, transmission dynamics, host-parasite-drug interactions and the effects of long-term mass drug administration on NTDs such as schistosomiasis and onchocerciasis.

Her schistosomiasis research has recently become more interdisciplinary, working with anthropologists, economists, and engineers to ascertain how people manage their own risk of infection and disease transmission, what behaviour and infrastructure changes would be popular, and what local water access and sanitation solutions might help reduce individual reinfection and community transmission in the most cost-effective way.