Alex Morgan

Current Research

My PhD project aims to understand the dynamics of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) transmission between livestock and humans through mathematical modelling. This model will provide a platform in which livestock/human AMR control strategies can be assessed, with regards to their feasibility and impact on human health.

Background

I am currently a PhD student supervised by Prof Mark Woolhouse and co-supervised by Dr Bram van Bunnik, with funding provided by the Wellcome Trust as part of a 4-year PhD programme. I did my Biological Sciences undergraduate degree at the University of Warwick, focusing my modules on virology, ecology and molecular biology. My undergraduate research project was completed under the supervision of Dr Kevin Purdy and it aimed to update current CDC risk-score classification for agents of bioterrorism according to the risk they pose to human health. During my undergraduate degree, I also undertook two summer research projects, the first under Dr Deirdre Hollingsworth and Dr Lloyd Chapman investigating age-trends of visceral leishmaniasis in the Indian sub-continent, and the second under Dr James Nokes investigating the epidemiology of human respiratory syncytial virus in Kenya.

I then undertook a taught masters degree in Public Health at LSHTM, where I focused on infectious disease epidemiology and mathematical modelling. My masters project aimed to investigate the role of spatial heterogeneity on the transmission dynamics of soil-transmitted helminths, with the project supervised by Prof Graham Medley.

Education

  • PhD Hosts, Pathogens and Global Health, University of Edinburgh (2018-Current)
  • MScR Hosts, Pathogens and Global Health, University of Edinburgh (2017-2018)
  • MSc Public Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (2016-2017)
  • BSc Biological Sciences, University of Warwick (2013-2016)

Contact Details

Email Alex.morgan@ed.ac.uk
Office 138, Ashworth Labs, Kings Buildings

Publications

  • Morgan ALK, Woolhouse MEJ and van Bunnik BAD. (in press - accepted for publication). Optimising time-limited non-pharmaceutical interventions for COVID-19 outbreak control. Phil Trans R Soc B. DOI: 10.1098/rstb.2020.0282

  • Loy DE, Plenderleith LJ, Sundararaman SA, Liu W, Gruszczyk J, Chen YJ, Trimboli S, Learn GH, MacLean OA, Morgan ALK and Li Y. (2018). Evolutionary history of human Plasmodium vivax revealed by genome-wide analyses of related ape parasites. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. [ePub ahead of Print]. DOI:10.1073/pnas.1810053115.

  • Chapman AC, Morgan ALK, Adams ER, Bern C, Medley GF and Hollingsworth TD. (Editorial Acceptance). Age trends in asymptomatic and symptomatic Leishmania donovani infection in the Indian subcontinent: a review and analysis of data from diagnostic and epidemiological studies. PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases. [Editorially Accepted for Publication - 30/08/2018].