Dr Lucy Pickering
I am a medical anthropologist at the University of Glasgow. After completing my PhD in social anthropology examining embodiment and American counterculture, I worked on various dimensions of illicit drug use and recovery. During my doctoral and drugs research work I continued to publish in the area of my primary passion – dirt and pollution. I have explored this theme in relation to composting toilets, constipation in heroin addiction and the hidden politics of menstruation. I am currently working with the Lamberton Group on schistosomiasis transmission in rural Uganda, with a particular focus on the everyday ways in which people understand schistosomiasis to be transmitted, and ideas about and uses of dirt, water and latrines.
Dr Joaquin Prada
I am a Lecturer in Veterinary Epidemiology at the University of Surrey. After finishing my Engineering Degree, I moved to the Vet. School at the University of Glasgow for a PhD modelling sheep and nematode interactions. I then joined the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology department at Princeton University as a postdoctoral research associate, before moving to the Mathematics department at the University of Warwick, where I worked modelling control and elimination interventions for a wide range of diseases. I then started my current position at Surrey, with a focus on informing policy decision-making, enhancing understanding of diagnostics and modelling infectious disease dynamics using machine learning and other statistical tools. Currently, I collaborate with the NTD modelling consortium and I am a member of the NTDhub; I work on a wide range of infectious diseases, from macro-parasites (Lymphatic filariasis, Schistosomiasis and helminths) to Viruses (Measles, FMDV), in both humans and animals.