UCL Division of Biosciences


Lydia Franklinos

Lydia Franklinos

PhD Title

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.




Selected publications

Gibb R, Franklinos LHV, Redding DW, Jones KE (2020) Ecosystem perspectives are needed to manage zoonotic risks in a changing climate. BMJ 371 (November): m3389.

Franklinos, L.H.V., Jones KE, Redding DW, Abubakar I (2019) The impact of global change on mosquito-borne disease. Lancet Infectious Diseases 19: E302-E312.

Franklinos LHV, Fernandez JRR, Hydeskov HB, Hopkins KP, Everest DJ, Cunningham AA, Lawson B (2018) Herpesvirus skin disease in free-living common frogs Rana temporaria in Great Britain. Diseases of Aquatic Organisms 129: 239-44. 

Lawson B, Franklinos LHV, Rodriguez-Ramos Fernandez J, Wend-Hansen C, Nair S, Macgregor SK, John SK; Pizzi R, Núñez A, Ashton PM, Cunningham AA, de Pinna EM (2018) Salmonella Enteritidis ST183: emerging and endemic biotypes affecting western European hedgehogs (Erinaceus europaeus) and people in Great Britain. Scientific Reports 8: 2449. 

Franklinos LHV, Lorch JM, Bohuski E, Rodriguez-Ramos Fernandez J, Wright ON, Fitzpatrick L, Petrovan S, Durrant C, Linton C, Baláž V, Cunningham AA, Lawson B (2017) Emerging fungal pathogen Ophidiomyces ophiodiicola in wild European snakes. Scientific Reports 7: 3844. 

Franklinos LHV, Efstratiou A, Macgregor SK, John SK, Hopkins T, Cunningham AA, Lawson B (2015) Streptococcus pyogenes infection in a free-living European hedgehog (Erinaceus europaeus). EcoHealth 12: 689-92.

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