Steering Committee

The Steering Committee consists of:

1. Senior AMR Expert EPH – Wendy Graham

Wendy Graham trained at Oxford University, and first joined LSHTM in 1985 where she set-up the School’s first research group dedicated to maternal health. From 1995 to 2015, Wendy was based in the University of Aberdeen’s Medical School and Aberdeen Maternity Hospital, where she remains an Emeritus Professor. Wendy returned to LSHTM in March 2016 and holds a part-time position as Professor of Obstetric Epidemiology

2. Senior AMR Expert EPH – Anthony Scott 

Anthony Scott is an infectious disease epidemiologist with a long standing interest in invasive bacterial diseases of children. For the last 25 years he has worked at the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme in Kilifi, Kenya, where he established integration of clinical, microbiological and demographic surveillance for invasive bacterial infections. He has studied longitudinal trends in anti-microbial resistance in Kilifi and examined risk factors for drug resistant infections.  He co-authored the implementation manual for the Fleming Fund surveillance and served on their technical advisory group. He has a particular interest in the use of vaccines to reduce drug resistant infections.

3. Senior AMR Expert ITD – Sharon Peacock

Sharon’s research group work on pathogen sequencing in relation to diagnostic and public health microbiology and antimicrobial resistance. Particular interests are the implementation of sequencing technologies into routine clinical practice to inform and improve infection control practice and prevent nosocomial infection; and characterization of the genetic relatedness and transmission of pathogenic bacteria in different reservoirs, including humans, livestock and the food chain, and sewage. Her group increasingly use big data approaches to define the biological processes of host-pathogen interactions.

4. Senior AMR Expert LIDC – Claire Heffernan

Claire Heffernan is a veterinarian with training in the social sciences. She joined LIDC from the School of Veterinary Sciences at the University of Bristol where she was Head of Infection and Immunity. Claire has extensive experience of inter-disciplinary research grounded in the challenges faced by poorer communities. For example, in 2000, she founded the Livestock Development Group (LDG) at the School of Agriculture, Policy and Development at the University of Reading. This was in response to the need for a meta-disciplinary approach to the problems faced by the global poor.

5. Senior AMR Expert PHE – Neil Woodford

Neil Woodford is Deputy Director of National Infection Service Laboratories at Public Health England. A Visiting or Honorary Professor at several universities in the UK and overseas, Neil has worked on antimicrobial resistance for three decades and has co-authored over 400 publications.

6. Centre co-director – Richard Stabler 

Richard Stabler is a molecular bacteriologist and the co-Director of the AMR Centre. Richard undertook his Ph.D. while working as a research assistant at St Bartholomews Hospital and then LSHTM. He then took a post-doc position at the Bacterial Microarray Group at St. Georges Hospital where he was involved in design, construction, experimental design, application and data analysis on several bacterial projects. Richard returned to LSHTM for his second Ph.D position that was primarily to design a microarray that could be used to monitor gene flux of virulence factors. The Active Surveillance of Pathogens (ASP) microarray has been successfully produced and has been used to identify novel virulence determinants in Shigella sonnei and Chromobacterium violaceum.

7. Centre co-director – Clare Chandler 

Clare Chandler is a medical anthropologist and the co-Director of the AMR Centre. Clare’s research interests lie in the application of anthropological methods and theory to policies and practices relating to medicine use, diagnostic testing, management of febrile illnesses and health care improvement interventions. Her current research focus is on antimicrobial resistance. Clare leads the Anthropology of Antimicrobial Resistiance research group, and is Principal Investigator for the Anti-Microbials In Society (AMIS) Hub, as well as running the social science research for the DfID funded FIEBRE study. Clare also holds a small grant from the WHO to investigate the roles of antibiotics and perceptions of antimicrobials in a range of other low and middle-income country settings, and is involved in studying antimicrobial resistance from a One Health perspective.

8. School Centres manager – Christina Melidou

Christina joined LSHTM in September 2017, as Centres Manager. In her role, Christina leads a small team that provides communications, events, administrative and logistical support to the School’s Centres, and liaises with the Deputy Director & Provost and Centre Directors to support the School’s long-term vision for the Centres. Christina has more than ten years of experience in science education and communication, as well as events management. Before joining the School, she worked in the Education department of the Royal College of Surgeons.

9. LSHTM Deputy Director – Anne Mills

Anne Mills has researched and published widely in the fields of health economics and health systems in low- and middle-income countries and has had continuing involvement in supporting capacity development in health economics in low- and middle-income country universities and research institutions. She has advised multilateral, bilateral and government agencies on numerous occasions, and was a member of WHO’s Commission on Macroeconomics and Health. Anne was President of the International Health Economics Association (iHEA) for 2012-13, and is a fellow of the Royal Society.

10. MRC (The Gambia) – Martin Antonio

Professor Martin Antonio is the leader of the molecular biology group at the MRC Unit The Gambia and was recently awarded an honorary professorship at the Division of Microbiology & Immunity, Warwick Medical School, Coventry, UK. He is also the Director of WHO Regional Reference Laboratory for Invasive Bacterial Diseases and the MRC Programme Leader-Track at MRCG. Originally from Ghana, Martin trained in molecular microbiology in the UK and set up the molecular microbiology research group in 2005, when he was first appointed at MRCG. Since then, Martin was instrumental in establishing the molecular capabilities at The Unit. Martin’s research is focused on the leverage of new molecular technologies in diagnosis of tropical infections, investigation of microbial transmission and clinical trials.