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Dr Katharine J LookerBA(Cantab.), MSc, PhD

Senior Research Associate - Infectious Disease Modeller

Katharine Looker

Dr Katharine J LookerBA(Cantab.), MSc, PhD

Senior Research Associate - Infectious Disease Modeller

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Research interests

I am an Infectious Disease Modeller at the University of Bristol. My research focusses on the epidemiology and control of sexually transmitted infections. I have particular expertise in genital herpes which is caused by infection with herpes simplex virus (HSV), but I also work on chlamydia, human papillomavirus (HPV) and HIV, and optimal access to sexual health services.

I use a variety of quantitative methods in my work, including mathematical modelling, systematic reviews, health economics and data analysis. My research uses these methods to quantify the impact and cost-effectiveness of different interventions, to analyse the burden of infection in the population, and to understand how different infections interact epidemiologically and the consequences for interventions.

I produce the World Health Organization global burden of infection estimates for HSV in collaboration with researchers at Bristol, WHO and the University of Washington, Seattle, USA. I am an Expert for the Global Burden of Disease estimates done by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation in Seattle, and also collaborate with USAID. In the UK current and past projects include work for Health Protection Scotland on behalf of the Scottish Government, and work for local sexual health service commissioners. I am a member of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Health Protection Research Unit in Evaluation of Interventions at Bristol.

Before moving to Bristol I was a Research Associate in the Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology at Imperial College London. I also did my PhD there, which was concerned with the role of HSV-1 in the epidemiology and control of HSV-2. My background is in immunology and virology from the University of Cambridge, and I also have an MSc in Epidemiology from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

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Oakfield Grove
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