I am in the first year of my interdisciplinary PhD at the University of Glasgow. My PhD project is centred on environmental engineering interventions and characterising their potential impact on the transmission of schistosomiasis. To this end, I am currently investigating the soil contamination by human faeces. The area in Uganda I am working in has high schistosomiasis endemicity and low improved-sanitation coverage. By modelling the current transmission of schistosome eggs from human faeces to the aquatic environment of the snail host, the potential benefits of the environmental interventions can be characterised. It is hoped that these interventions will be an improvement to current sanitation facilities.
My overall area of interest is human helminthiases and holistic approaches to neglected tropical diseases. I graduated with a BSc hons in Biochemistry and Neuroscience from Keele University and has a MSc in Medical Parasitology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. When not investigating faeces-contaminated soil, I can be found at the cinema or hiking a Munro.