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Dr Nigel Field
Centre for Molecular Epidemiology and Translational Research
Mortimer Market Centre
Off Tottenham Court Road
UCL
WC1E 6JB
Tel: 020 3108 2092
Appointment
  • Senior Clinical Research Associate/ Honorary Consultant in Public Health
  • Infection & Population Health
  • Institute for Global Health
  • Faculty of Pop Health Sciences
Biography

Dr Nigel Field is the Lead for the Centre of Molecular Epidemiology and Translational Research at the Institute for Global Health at UCL.


Nigel's doctoral training was in virology and molecular biology, funded by the MRC, as a MB PhD student at UCL. He held a prestigious NIHR Academic Clinical Lectureship while completing Public Health Speciality Training in the UK. Following Completion of Clinical Training (CCT) in Public Health Medicine in 2014, he has an honorary academic consultant post at UCL and at Public Health England.


Nigel specialises in undertaking large-scale population-based and surveillance studies, particularly where biological samples are collected for molecular testing, and where molecular data can be linked to epidemiological and clinical data. Current work in this area includes STIs (shigella and gonorrhoea) and the gut and urogenital microbiota.

Nigel has co-authored international and national guidelines and reports, including:


Nigel is an associate editor for the Journal of STIs (http://sti.bmj.com/).

Research Summary

Key research interests:

- Measuring infectious diseases and their transmission in the population

- Understanding how microbes colonise babies at birth and how this affects the immune system and subsequent health and disease

- Undertaking large scale population-based studies to understand and improve sexual health in the UK

Current major research projects:

Natsal-3: The British National Surveys of Sexual Attitudes and lifestyles are among the largest and most detailed scientific studies of sexual behaviour in the world. (www.natsal.ac.uk/natsal-3)

Infection and immunity from a life course perspective: Baby Biome Study: a Wellcome Trust-funded study to understand how microorganisms, the immune system and other factors influence subsequent health outcomes. (http://www.ucl.ac.uk/igh/research/a-z/baby-biome-study)


South African platinum miner cohort study: investigating the impact of tuberculosis, HIV and antiretroviral treatment on mortality and causes of death in a large cohort study of South African platinum miners spanning twenty years.


Malaria in Myanmar: A study funded by UCL Grand Challenges to investigate malaria epidemiology and inform malaria control initiatives.

Teaching Summary

Nigel is the Director of Education for the Institute for Global Health.


He is the co-lead of a UCL MSc module called, Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Global Health Policy (CIHDG045). The module introduces students to core scientific concepts within the field of infectious disease epidemiology, with a practical focus on evidence-based global health policy

https://www.ucl.ac.uk/igh/teaching/all_teaching_modules/infectious-disease-epidemiology-global-health-policy


He is also developing a new MSc programme called Applied Infectious Disease Epidemiology, which is being prepared to start in September 2019.

Nigel also regularly teaches Year 5 UCL medical school students.

Academic Background
2005 MBBS Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery – Medicine University College London
2004 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Cellular Pathology University College London
2000 BSc Bachelor of Science – Immunology University College London
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