UCL Division of Biosciences


Lydia Franklinos

Lydia Franklinos

Modelling the current and future global burden of vector-borne diseases

Current Research

Infectious diseases pose a significant threat to global health, causing millions of deaths worldwide every year and impacting the development and structure of economies, societies and politics.  The number of infectious diseases emerging in populations has risen over time and is associated with anthropogenically-led global change.  To safeguard future global health, it is imperative that the drivers behind infectious disease emergence are better understood. 

My research aims to take a planetary health view of disease risk; understanding how changes to the environment, the humans and animals in it, as well as socioeconomic factors may be impacting global health.  Using earth observation data, I will create environmental-mechanistic models of mosquito-borne diseases to determine the impacts of global change drivers, and identify targets for intervention.



  • Professor Kate Jones, Centre for Biodiversity and Environment Research, University College London
  • Professor Ibrahim Abubakar, Institute of Global Health, University College London 

Selected publications

Lawson, B., Franklinos, L.H.V., Rodriguez-Ramos Fernandez, J., Wend-Hansen, C., Nair, S., Macgregor, S., John, S., Pizzi, R., Núñez, A., Ashton, P., Cunningham, A.A., de Pinna, E. (n.d.). Salmonella Enteritidis ST183: emerging and endemic biotypes affecting western European hedgehogs (Erinaceus europaeus) and people in Great Britain. Scientific Reports, In Press.

Franklinos, L. H. V., Lorch, J. M., Bohuski, E., Rodriguez-Ramos Fernandez, J., Wright, O. N., Fitzpatrick, L., … Lawson, B. (2017). Emerging fungal pathogen Ophidiomyces ophiodiicola in wild European snakes. Scientific Reports, 7, 3844. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-017-03352-1

Franklinos, L. H. V., Masters, N., Feltrer, Y., Pocknell, A., Bolt, D. M., Dakin, S., Berry, K., Molenaar, F.M. (2017). The management of an oral anaplastic sarcoma in a pygmy hippopotamus (Choeropsis liberiensis) using intralesional chemotherapy. Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine, 48(1), 260–264. https://doi.org/10.1638/2016-0015.1

Franklinos, L.H.V. (2016). Garden Wildlife Health studies diseases of British wildlife. Companion Animal, 21(3), 186. https://doi.org/10.12968/coan.2016.21.3.186

Franklinos, L. H. V, Efstratiou, A., Macgregor, S. K., John, S. K., Hopkins, T., Cunningham, A. A., & Lawson, B. (2015). Streptococcus pyogenes Infection in a free-living European Hedgehog (Erinaceus europaeus). EcoHealth, 12(4), 689–692. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10393-015-1051-2



Brief CV

YearsPositionInstitution name and location (country)
2016-presentPhD studentCBER, University College London
2014-2016Project coordinator and wildlife veterinarianZoological Society of London
2013-2014MSc Wild Animal HealthRoyal Veterinary College/Zoological Society of London
2005-2010BVSc (dist.)University of Liverpool