Infectious Disease Team

Over the next 30 years, we want to prevent and stop future escalations of infectious diseases.

To understand what causes outbreaks and drives their escalation, we will support research into infectious diseases that are already on the rise and those with the potential to become future outbreaks. We will focus on communities at greater risk, ensuring sustainability and equity are considered throughout.

Our work will also inform how infectious diseases are mapped and measured to better predict outbreaks and intervene earlier.

Read more about what we're doing.

Meet the team 

  • Alexander Pym

    Director of Infectious Disease


    Alexander leads the Infectious Disease team at Wellcome, a global charitable foundation which supports science to solve urgent health challenges.

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  • Esme Mroz-Dawes

    Senior Programme Manager


  • Kiern Dhillon

    Executive Assistant


  • Yasmin Jones

    Team Coordinator


  • Sinead Mathias

    Team Coordinator



  • Charlie Weller

    Head of Prevention, Infectious Disease

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  • Shobana Balasingam

    Research Lead, Human Investigations and Challenge

  • Deborah King

    Research Lead, Vaccines

  • Pete Gardner

    Research Lead, Antibodies and Immunity

  • Helen Groves

    Research Manager, Vaccines

  • Nimisha Raj Sharma

    Research Manager, Human Investigations and Challenge

  • Deeva Agravat

    Research Manager, Human Investigations and Challenge

  • Jeanette Hayes

    Research Manager, Vaccines

  • Sophia Wang

    Research Manager, Vaccines

  • Dr Colleen Loynachan

    Research Manager, Antibodies and Immunity

Epidemics and Epidemiology

  • Josie Golding

    Head of Epidemics & Epidemiology

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  • Titus Divala

    Research Lead, Epidemics

  • Dr Ana Cehovin

    Senior Research Manager, Microbial Communities and Reservoirs

  • Dr Natsuko Imai

    Senior Research Manager, Disease Tracking

  • Petra Fay

    Research Manager, Microbial Communities and Reservoirs

  • Bethan Hamilton

    Research Manager, Epidemics

  • Rebecca Knowles

    Research Manager, Disease Tracking

  • Mariska Van der Zee

    Research Manager, Disease Tracking


  • Timothy Jinks

    Head of Interventions

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  • Sabrina Lamour-Julien

    Research Lead, Therapeutics

  • Janet Midega

    Senior Research Manager, Drug Resistant Infections

  • Chibuzor Uchea

    Research Manager, Drug Resistant Infections

Health Systems and Environment

  • Sally Nicholas

    Head of Health Systems and Environment

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  • Divya Shah

    Research Lead, Site and Systems

  • Dr Jaspreet Turner

    Senior Research Manager, Modelling

  • Emma Maynard

    Research Manager, Climate and Infections

  • Mark Whittaker

    Research Manager, Site and Systems

Our work 

Infectious disease

Learn more about why we're taking on infectious disease and what we're doing.

Latest reports 


Find out more about our work through our latest reports.

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