Dr Poppy Lamberton
I am a parasitologist and field epidemiologist who uses a wide range of techniques to address global health issues. I am a Senior Lecturer at the University of Glasgow in the Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health and Comparative Medicine and the Wellcome Centre for Molecular Parasitology. My team’s research is primarily motivated by how to improve the lives of those affected by neglected tropical diseases (NTDs).
My main focus is utilising field epidemiological data, laboratory experiments, and 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, soil-transmitted helminths and onchocerciasis.
To address NTD challenges, my research is steadily becoming more interdisciplinary. I am currently working with some amazing anthropologists, economists, social scientists and engineers to ascertain how people manage their own risk of infection and disease transmission, what social and economic behaviours could be popular to change to reduce transmission, as well as what local sanitation solutions might help reduce community and individual level infections.
Poppy is an advisor for the Scottish Schistosomiasis National Advice, Investigation and Liaison Group (SNAIL), which is seeking to raise awareness of the disease across Scotland and has developed partnerships with Health Protection Scotland and NHS Education for Scotland educational resources for use by registered practitioners.