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Cambridge Veterinary School

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Laura Cooper

Laura Cooper

Supervisor: Dr. Caroline Trotter

Exploring the potential for serogroup replacement following the introduction of MenAfriVac in the African meningitis belt


Biography:

I grew up in Saint Louis, Missouri and received my undergraduate degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Princeton University in 2015.

Subject groups/Research projects

Mathematical Biology:

Research Interests

I am broadly interested in using ecological and mathematical approaches to answer questions in infectious disease epidemiology. My undergraduate research concerned the effects of heterogeneity in mosquito biting patterns on malaria transmission. My MPhil work with Dr. Trotter focuses on the epidemiology of meningococcal meningitis in the African meningitis belt, in particular how vaccination for meningococcal serogroup A may impact the prevalence of carriage and incidence of invasive disease due to other serogroups circulating in the region.

Collaborators:

Program for Resistance, Immunology, Surveillance, and Modeling of Malaria in Uganda (PRISM) http://globalprojects.ucsf.edu/project/program-resistance-immunology-surveillance-and-modeling-malaria-uganda-prism]

Professor David L. Smith, University of Washington

Professor Bryan T. Grenfell, Princeton University

Michelle Boyle, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California San Francisco

Keywords

  • Epidemiology
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Mathematical modelling
  • Meningococcal meningitis

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