Study Tuberculosis at UCL

Research into TB spans the whole of the School of Life and Medical Sciences at UCL, and beyond. PhD and research students work across teams and boundaries, approaching the disease from a variety of disciplines, asking a wide range of questions.

What are students' backgrounds?


"I graduated with a BSc in Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Reading and went on to complete an MSc in Medical Statistics at the University of Leicester. I then worked at the MRC CTU at UCL as a Statistician for 3 years on a variety of clinical trials in respiratory, dermatology and tuberculosis." - Sunita Rehal (right)

"I graduated from UCL with MSci in Biology before becoming a research assistant in the UCL Centre for Clinical Microbiology where I worked in a team characterising bacterial diversity from pneumonia cases." - Stefan Schwenk

"After finishing my MRes in Modelling Biological Complexity at UCL I started my PhD at the Centre for Infectious Disease Epidemiology with Professor Ibrahim Abubakar, Dr Caroline Colijn and Dr Daren Caruana." - Hollie-Ann Hatherell

"I completed an MSc in medical statistics at the University of Leicester having qualified with a BSc in Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Reading." - Catherine Smith

"I graduated from the University of Warwick with a BSc Biomedical Science in 2013 and followed this with an MSc by Research in Veterinary Epidemiology." - Joanne Winter

What subjects are people studying?

Stefan Schwenk

"I began my PhD at the Institute of Structural and Molecular Biology, with Dr Kristine Arnvig and Professor Timothy D. McHugh, investigating riboswitch-meditated post-transcriptional regulation in Mycobacterium tuberculosis. My work aims to improve the understanding of bacterial resuscitation from dormancy in tuberculosis." - Stefan Schwenk (left)

"My current research is investigating how HIV infections contribute to transmission of Tuberculosis disease in the UK. I'm looking at whether HIV infection increases the risk of acquiring latent TB infection, risk factors for TB-HIV co-infections in the UK (using surveillance datasets from Public Health England) and whether HIV is a risk factor for clustering of TB cases (according to their MIRU-VNTR strain type)." - Joanne Winter

"I'm now in my final year of my PhD at UCL supervised by Dr Patrick Phillips, Professor James Carpenter and Dr Katherine Fielding to see whether we can improve the way we analyse the primary analysis of TB clinical trials. I am using data from the REMoxTB, RIFAQUIN and OFLOTUB clinical trials as examples for my project. The (broad) aim of my PhD is to try and include patients who are missing outcome data into the primary analysis as these patients could be excluded from the analysis." - Sunita Rehal


"My work involves using genomic and epidemiological data to understand the transmission dynamics within an outbreak of TB. The aim is to build a mathematical model to capture these dynamics so that I can then investigate the effectiveness of a number of interventions." - Hollie-Ann Hatherell (left)

 "…my work is focused on the use of spatial methods for investigating infectious disease outbreaks. This is an interdisciplinary project and involves collaboration with colleagues from the UCL Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis and Queen Mary University of London as well as Public Health England and the Animal and Plant Health Agency." - Catherine Smith

How do I find out more?

We hold regular PhD student events; please email tb@ucl.ac.uk to find out more or to obtain details of potential supervisors.