Study Tuberculosis at UCL

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

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Masters level teaching - Frontiers in Tuberculosis module

Masters level teaching at UCL is informed by our research activities, so it will not be surprising that tuberculosis features in many programmes across the College. However, in 2021 we introduced an exciting module ‘Frontiers in Tuberculosis’ led by researchers from UCL-TB and the Africa Health Research Institute content ranges from field epidemiology to laboratory sciences with state-of-the-art lectures provided by world leading scientist from UCL-TB and beyond.

Frontiers in Tuberculosis is available to students on a variety of UCL masters programmes, but we find that the MSc Infection and Immunity and MSc Applied Infectious Disease Epidemiology  are the most popular among students interested in TB.

What are students' backgrounds?

Naomi Fuller

"I graduated from the University of York with a Master of Physics degree where I specialised in biophysics. Currently, I am a PhD student funded by the London Interdisciplinary Doctoral Programme (LiDo) at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine working with Dr. Gwen Knight (LSHTM) and Prof. Tim McHugh (UCL)." - Naomi Fuller (right)

"I graduated from Imperial College London with a BSc degree in Biological Sciences followed by an MRes degree in Biomedical Research (Bacterial Pathogenesis and Infection stream. I started my PhD in Dr Dimitrios Evangelopoulos’ lab at the Eastman Dental Institute." - Enkai Jin

"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 project uses mathematical modelling and experimental data to understand the evolution of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis. I collect experimental data using Mycobacterium abscessus as an experimental model for Mycobacterium tuberculosis." - Naomi Fuller

"My current research interest is in understanding the role of vitamin biosynthesis in Mycobacterial survival and pathogenesis with a scope of developing novel therapeutic approaches against tuberculosis." - Enkai Jin


"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.