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Vivian Lam

Vivian Lam

Graduate Student - Supervisor Dr Caroline Trotter

Title: Defeating meningococcal meningitis by 2030


I am a PhD student researching meningococcal diseases, their vaccines and public health policy in hopes of contributing to the WHO’s efforts to defeat meningitis by 2030. Thanks to an interdisciplinary background, I bring aspects from public health, epidemiology and medical anthropology to my work alongside experience with both quantitative and qualitative methods. 

Originally from Norway, I completed a BSc in Health and Human Sciences at Durham University in 2016 and an MPhil in Public Health at Cambridge in 2017. I then worked for two years prior to commencing my PhD, chiefly as Policy Officer at EAT, an international non-profit organisation working towards global food systems transformation.

Subject groups/Research projects

Infection and Immunity:

Research Interests

My research interests lie within human infectious diseases and vaccines with an emphasis on understanding the knowledge, attitudes, practices and intentions that inform the health-seeking behaviours of various demographics.


  • Vaccines
  • Public health
  • Anthropology
  • Meningococcal meningitis
  • Infectious Diseases