Sophie is a PhD student at the University of Cambridge, supervised by Dr Manj Sandhu. Her research focuses on infectious disease epidemiology in Africa. Sophie is also a Communications Editor for the journal ‘Global Health, Epidemiology and Genomics’.
I joined the Sandhu Group in September 2014 as a Research Administrative Assistant, working on a variety of projects in Africa and the UK. I commenced my PhD with the group in October 2015, focusing on the epidemiology of infectious diseases in Africa.
Alongside my PhD, I am also a Communications Editor for the journal ‘Global Health, Epidemiology and Genomics’ (GHEG), published by Cambridge University Press (http://gheg-journal.co.uk/). I am involved in the promotion of the journal and its content through social media platforms as well as delivering topical scientific blogs for its dedicated website
I have a background in the biological sciences, obtaining a BSc in Biological Sciences from the University of Leeds in 2013, with a focus on infection and immunity and the cell biology of disease. I went on to complete an MSc in Medical Parasitology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (2013-14). During this time I particularly focused on malaria and, for my thesis, I conducted an economic analysis of funding gaps for malaria control in Africa, in line with health care funding targets set out in the Abuja Declaration.