Meet the team

David Aanensen

School of Public Health
Imperial College London
Dr David Aanensen is lecturer in Bioinformatics at the School of Public Health of Imperial College London. His research group is currently working on the use and development of bioinformatic web/mobile applications to address the global genetic epidemiology, population and evolutionary biology of micro-organisms using Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS).

Maaike Alaerts

Malawi-Liverpool-Wellcome Trust, Malawi
University of Liverpool, UK
Maaike is managing the molecular lab in Blantyre and is interested in analysing pneumococcal genotype-phenotype correlations

Mushal Ali

National Institute for Communicable Diseases
Johannesburg, South Africa
My research interests focus on applications of genomics and bioinformatics in microbiology and public health

Martin Antonio

Medical Research Council Unit
The Gambia
Martin is an expert in molecular diagnosis (including but not exclusively, meningitis, pneumonia, tuberculosis and diarrhoeal diseases) and with an interest in pneumococcal molecular epidemiology and serotype replacement after pneumococcal vaccination

Bernard Beall

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Atlanta, GA

Stephen Bentley

Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute
United Kingdom
Expert in bacterial pathogen genomics and is interested in the evolution of bacteria which cause pneumonia and meningitis with a focus on the pneumococcus

Jyothish N Nair Thulasee Bhai

Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute
United Kingdom
Expert in developing softwares and web applications for visualising scientific data using latest web technologies

Robert F. Breiman

The Emory Global Health Institute
Atlanta, GA
An infectious diseases epidemiologist, worked with a variety of urban and rural surveillance systems, and has conducted applied research on infectious diseases

Nick Croucher

Sir Henry Dale research fellow
Imperial College London
Nick Croucher works on the evolution of bacterial genome content, particularly focussing on vaccine evasion and the emergence of antibiotic resistance.

Dean Everett

Malawi-Liverpool-Wellcome Trust, Malawi
University of Liverpool, UK

Rebecca Gladstone

Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute
United Kingdom
Expert in pneumococcal vaccine epidemiology with an interest in linking observed epidemiological phenomenon with genomic traits

Anne von Gottberg

National Institute for Communicable Diseases
Johannesburg, South Africa
Anne von Gottberg has an interest in the surveillance and epidemiology of vaccine-preventable causes of bacterial pneumonia and meningitis.

Linda De Gouveia

National Institute for Communicable Diseases
Johannesburg, South Africa
Linda is primarily involved in the surveillance of vaccine-preventable causes of bacterial meningitis and pneumonia

Paulina Ahues Hawkins

Rollins School of Public Health
Emory University
Molecular Epidemiologist with an interest in Infectious Diseases

Anmol Kiran

Malawi-Liverpool-Wellcome Trust, Malawi
University of Liverpool, UK
Anmol has experience in human and microbial genetics, and his current research is focused on understating the effects of various selection pressures in the evolution of a number of disease causing bacteria by analysing their genomes.

Keith Klugman

Gates Foundation
Seattle, WA
Keith Klugman, director for pneumonia, leads the foundation’s work to improve the development and delivery of pneumonia vaccines and expand the use of antibiotic treatments and diagnostic tools.

Keith is a leading expert on antibiotic resistance in pneumonia pathogens and helped develop the pneumococcal vaccine that is now part of the immunization regimen for children born in the United States and is being rolled out globally.

Brenda Anna Kwambana-Adams

Medical Research Council Unit
The Gambia
Brenda is a molecular microbiologist with research interests in the effects of medical interventions such as vaccination and dietary supplements on the microbiome in young children. She also has interests in immune modulation of the respiratory microbiome and pathogen genomics

Alison Maguire

University of Cambridge
United Kingdom
Alison has a PhD in Chemistry and has research background in the mechanisms of antibiotic resistance. She is working with GPS to develop the network of partners and to support the analysis activities

Lesley McGee

CDC/NCIRD/DBD/RDB
Atlanta, GA
My main area of research is in infectious diseases, primarily related to streptococcal infections.

Rafal Mostowy

Junior Research Fellow
Imperial College London
Expert in evolutionary microbiology and is interested in the emergence of novel capsular diversity in the pneumococcus, and its implications for the vaccine design.

Kedibone Ndlangisa

National Institute for Communicable Diseases
Johannesburg, South Africa
Kedibone Ndlangisa has an interest in molecular characterisation of respiratory bacterial pathogens particularly the pneumococcus

Tientcheu Peggy-Estelle

Medical Research Council Unit
The Gambia

Mignon Du Plessis

National Institute for Communicable Diseases
Johannesburg, South Africa
Mignon du Plessis has an interest in molecular identification and characterisation of respiratory bacterial pathogens