Current MPAC members

Professor Azra Ghani

Imperial College London

Professor Azra Ghani, member of MPAC
Mark Henley/ WHO 2017

Professor Azra Ghani is an infectious disease epidemiologist in the MRC Centre for Outbreak Analysis & Modelling at Imperial College London where she heads the malaria modelling research group. Her group’s research takes a biological approach to constructing models to better understand the transmission dynamics of malaria both within the human and vector hosts and between hosts. From a public health perspective, the models are used to inform policies on how, where and when to implement different interventions against malaria to aid local elimination, and eventual eradication, of the parasite. Much of this work is collaborative with a wide range of public health agencies.

Professor Ghani obtained an MA in mathematics from the University of Cambridge, a Masters in Operational Research from the University of Southampton and a PhD from Imperial College London. She has previously held Wellcome Trust and Royal Society fellowships at the University of Oxford and Imperial College respectively and from 2004–2007 was a Reader in infectious disease modelling at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. Over the past 20 years she has worked on a wide range of infectious diseases, including BSE and variant CJD, sexually transmitted infections including HIV, SARs and influenza. Through this she has advised the UK government and numerous international agencies on the scale of outbreaks and impact of interventions.

Professor Ghani has published over 150 scientific papers across a range of infectious diseases. She has served on several journal editorial boards, conference committees, funding panels and WHO malaria committees and is currently a member of the Wellcome Trust College of Peer Review. She is also actively involved in teaching and training and is Director of the Wellcome Trust PhD programme in the Epidemiology, Evolution and Control of Infectious Diseases.

Last updated: 17 February 2016