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Sue Welburn



Vice Principal Global Access&Director, Global Health Academy&Professor of Medical and Veterinary
Molecular Epidemiology, College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, The University of Edinburgh

Sue has a strong commitment to research focusing on interventions for disease control in the Global South, with on-going projects in Kenya, Morocco, Mozambique, Tanzania, Uganda, Nigeria, Zambia and Zanzibar. Her research has resulted in over 195 published works including 153 original research papers, 31 peer refereed reviews and 11 book chapters arising from >£30 million in research support.

Her publications have been cited over 6500 times and her h-index is 44.  Sue has supervised 49 PhD and 4 MSc research students from Europe, the Americas, Africa and Asia, working on all aspects of Zoonotic disease management. Sue has a strong commitment to career development of young scientists. She was awarded the Chancellor’s Medal in 2011 by HRH The Princess Royal, Chancellor of The University of Edinburgh for her work on development of research-led distance learning MScs.


Research interests: 
  1. The mechanisms of innate resistance of vectors to parasite infections

  2. The complex interactions between host, vector and parasite that result in parasite differentiation

  3. Disease transmission and epidemiology and control