Laura Appleby

Partnership for Child Development, Imperial College

Laura holds a PhD from the University of Edinburgh in immuno-epidemiology and an MSc in Control of Infectious Diseases from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Her academic research has taken her to The Gambia to research risk factors for trachoma infection, and to Zimbabwe, to investigate the immune response to schistosomiasis, and how this changes with a lifetime of exposure and infection.

Previous to her position at PCD, Laura worked with the Infectious Disease Research Institute in Seattle, WA, where she investigated potential candidate vaccines to leishmaniasis and tuberculosis. She has also worked in Botswana where she taught at a primary school, and has volunteers as a tutor to children of immigrants and refugees, helping these children develop the tools and skills required to perform to the best of their capabilities in school.