Institute for Global Health


Katy Town

Katy's thesis title is "Exploring the application of whole genome sequencing to inform control of Neisseria gonorrhoeae."

Her primary supervisor is Dr Gwenda Hughes.

To get in touch with Katy, please email her at katy.town.15@ucl.ac.uk.

About Katy

Katy Town BSc (hons) MSc has worked in public health for seven years, primarily as a Senior HIV/STI Surveillance and Prevention Scientist at Public Health England. Here Katy worked within the National Chlamydia Screening Programme to design, develop, implement and evaluate a large national pilot across England to increase sexual health service provision within primary care. Katy also provides epidemiological support for the Gonococcal Resistance to Antimicrobials Surveillance Programme.

Thesis summary

Katy's PhD research focuses on the use of whole genome sequencing of Neisseria gonorrhoeae with epidemiological data to enrich our understanding of the transmission of gonorrhoea and antimicrobial resistance through sexual networks and assess how combining this data might inform the targeting and delivery of interventions.