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

Dr Nigel Field (BSc, MPH, MB PhD, MFPH) is an Infectious Disease Epidemiologist working in the Research Department of Infection and Population Health at UCL. His doctoral training was in virology and molecular biology, funded by the MRC, as a MB PhD student at UCL.

Nigel held a prestigious NIHR Academic Clinical Lectureship while completing Public Health Speciality Training in the UK. Following Completion of Clinical Training (CCT) in 2014, he has a joint appointment with the National Centre for Infectious Disease Surveillance and Control (CIDSC), Public Health England, as a Consultant Clinical Epidemiologist in the HIV & STI Department.

Nigel specialises in undertaking large-scale population-based and surveillance studies, particularly where biological samples are collected for molecular testing, including microbiota metagenomic sequencing, and where molecular data can be linked to epidemiological and clinical data.

In addition to research papers, Nigel has co-authored a number of international and national guidelines and reports, including a STROBE extension for infectious disease molecular epidemiology (http://www.equator-network.org/reporting-guidelines/strome-id), Guidance for the Detection of Gonorrhoea in England (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-for-the-detection-of-gonorrhoea-in-england), and chapters in Annual Reports of the Chief Medical Officer (http://media.dh.gov.uk/network/357/files/2013/03/CMO-Annual-Report-Volume-2-20111.pdf and https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/578665/Baby_boomers_v4.pdf)

Nigel is a founder member of the Early Careers Network (ECN) committee within Populations and Lifelong Health at UCL (https://www.ucl.ac.uk/research/domains/populations-and-lifelong-health/ecn). He is also a founder member of the Marie Stopes International Ethics Review Committee and takes a keen interest in ethical conduct in public health medicine research.

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.

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 joint organiser 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


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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