UCL Institute of Health Informatics


Meet the Team

Head of the research team

Laura Shallcross
Dr Laura Shallcross leads a research group which uses electronic health records to investigate the diagnosis and management of infection and antimicrobial resistance, with the overarching goal to develop interventions to improve antibiotic use in healthcare settings. She leads the VIVALDI study, a programme of research which was rapidly established during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic to investigate infection, immunity and its duration in care home staff and residents.

Data scientists 

Maria Krutikov
Dr Maria Krutikov, MBChB MRCP MSc, Wellcome Trust Clinical PhD Fellow.
Maria is an infectious diseases and microbiology specialist physician by training who has recently completed an MSc in infectious disease epidemiology and has been awarded a Wellcome Trust clinical PhD fellowship. She is carrying out her fellowship within the DHSC-funded Vivaldi study for which she played a significant role in setting it up. Her research focusses on the risk factors for transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in care homes as well as investigating the immune response to infection amongst staff and residents. 



Andrew Copas
Prof Andrew Copas is a statistician jointly in the Institute for Global Health and the MRC Clinical Trials Unit, and he provides statistical oversight for VIVALDI. He is director of the Centre for Pragmatic Global Health Trials and has a research interest in the design of cluster randomised trials. He has previously contributed to several major studies in infection disease epidemiology including FluWatch and the ongoing Natsal British national sexual behaviour survey. In terms of current COVID-19 research, besides VIVALDI, Andrew contributes to Viruswatch and the COG-HOCI study of hospital acquired infection

Tom Palmer portrait
 Tom Palmer. Tom is a researcher in health economics at the Institute for Global Health and supports data analysis for VIVALDI. He joined UCL from the UK National Institute for Health and Care Excellence in 2018. Outside of VIVALDI, Tom’s research focuses on the economic evaluation of complex public health trials. 

Project management and facilitation

Chris Fuller
Chris Fuller, project Manager
Chris started work on the VIVALDI project in the autumn of 2020 as one of the project managers. He previously worked as a care-assistant in a care-home for a while before qualifying as a nurse in 1992. He worked as a staff nurse in infectious diseases for several years and since 2003, he has been working as a research project manager at UCL. He has worked on number of projects over the years investigating infection control, healthcare associated infections and antibiotic use in hospitals and care-homes

Borscha Azmi
Borscha Azmi, project manager. 
Borscha joined the VIVALDI Study as Project Manager in February 2021. Prior to joining UCL, she has worked on largescale research programmes at King's College London, IoPPN and the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

Visiting Researchers

Maddie Shroti
Dr Maddie Shrotri is a Public Health Registrar who is currently on placement as a research fellow at UCL, working on COVID-19 research including the VIVALDI study. She is interested in the epidemiology of infectious diseases and the use of vaccines. Maddie is a member of the Faculty of Public Health, holds an honorary contract with Public Health England, and, prior to joining UCL, completed an MSc. in Public Health at the London School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.

Dr Rebecca Giddings DFPH MSc MBBch Mmath is a Public Health registrar who has recently completed the Public Health Masters at the London school of hygiene and tropical medicine. She is an Honorary Research Fellow at UCL, focusing on the VIVALDI study.

Gabriela Bellanca
Gabrielle Bellanca. Her role in the Vivaldi research team involves supporting patient and public involvement activities. With expertise from members of the public, she is finding out about the best way that the general public can know more about this important research. Her background is that she is a registered nurse working in a community rehabilitation centre at Guys and St Thomas NHS Foundation Trust. She is currently undertaking a NIHR/HEE Research internship which helps her develop research skills as a early stage researcher. She is also studying MSc Health Informatics at UCL in order to develop her research interests in the future. 

Research administrator

Cecile Bremont portrait
 Cécile Brémont
Cécile is a Research Administrator on secondment at the Institute of Informatics. She previously was the administrator at the Centre for Critical Heritage studies at the Institute of Archaeology and also worked at the Thomas Coram Research Unit (Institute of Education) supporting the ERC-funded Families and Food in Hard Times study. Prior to joining UCL, Cécile supported FP7-EC funded projects at City, University of London and LSHTM.

UCL Staff
Professor Andrew Hayward, Institute of Epidemiology & Health Care
Dr Andrew Copas, Institute for Global Health
Dr Tom Palmer, Institute for Global Health
Dr Gillian Forbes, Centre for Behaviour Change
Dr Fabiana Lorencatto, Centre for Behaviour Change
Wider network
Professor Paul Moss, University of Birmingham
Dr Rachel Bruton, University of Birmingham
Mr James Robson, Four Seasons Healthcare
Dr Susan Hopkins, Public Health England
Professor Jeremy Farrar, Wellcome Trust