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Prof Nigel Field
Centre for Molecular Epidemiology and Translational Research
Mortimer Market Centre
Off Tottenham Court Road
Tel: 020 3108 2092
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  • Professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology
  • Infection & Population Health
  • Institute for Global Health
  • Faculty of Pop Health Sciences

Professor Nigel Field is the Director of 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 NIHR Academic Clinical Lectureship during Public Health Speciality Training in the UK and completed clinical training in Public Health Medicine in 2014.

Nigel specialises in undertaking large-scale, population-based research studies where molecular data can be linked to epidemiological and clinical data. He has authored a wide range of international and national guidelines and reports, and 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: The British National Surveys of Sexual Attitudes and lifestyles are among the largest and most detailed scientific studies of sexual behaviour in the world. (http://www.natsal.ac.uk/home.aspx)

Natsal-COVID: The Natsal-COVID study ran a web-panel survey of 6,500 people aged 18-59y across Britain in July-August 2020, capturing data on sexual and reproductive health during the four months following the first national lockdown in March 2020.

Baby Biome Study: a Wellcome Trust-funded study to understand how microorganisms, the immune system and other factors influence subsequent health outcomes. (https://www.ucl.ac.uk/global-health/research/a-z/baby-biome-study)

Teaching Summary

Nigel is the co-Director of the MSc Applied Infectious Disease Epidemiology programme (https://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught-degrees/applied-infectious-disease-epidemiology-msc).

Academic Background
2005   Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery University College London
2004   Doctor of Philosophy University College London
2000   Bachelor of Science University College London
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