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Clinical PhD Fellows

Take a look at the profiles of our active Wellcome Trust Clinical PhD Programme fellows below. You'll also find information on past members of the Programme on our alumni page.

2012 intake

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Dr Cristina Ardura-García

Cristina is a specialty registrar in Paediatrics, with a special interest in tropical medicine and infectious diseases. She studied at the Autonoma University of Madrid, trained at the Hospital 12 of October in Madrid, and obtained an MSc in Tropical Paediatrics from the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. She has been working in Ecuador for the last year and she is interested in studying risk factors and underlying mechanisms of paediatric asthma in Latin America. She is currently carrying out her doctoral research in Esmeraldas, Ecuador.

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Dr Hannah Jary

Hannah trained at Sheffield University and has worked in Sheffield and the Northern Deanery as an academic trainee. She is a specialist trainee in Respiratory Medicine and has an interest in the effects of exposure to biomass smoke on lung disease in sub-Saharan Africa. She has recently completed an MRes at the University of Liverpool, and is now located in Malawi.

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Dr Christine Kelly

Christine graduated from the University of Manchester in 2006. As a student, she carried out attachments in Infectious Diseases at North Manchester General Hospital which inspired her towards her chosen career path of adult Infectious Diseases. She began working in the tropics in 2004 volunteering with a project based in rural Senegal which educated villagers on the prevention of HIV and malaria. She went on to lead this project in 2007. She moved to Liverpool to undertake core medical training and in 2009 and was successful in obtaining an Academic Clinical Fellowship with the Liverpool Brain Infection group. During this she initiated and carried out an original research study asking whether there is a relationship between HIV neurocognitive disorders and poor adherence to anti-retroviral therapy in Blantyre, Malawi. She is interested in exploring further research around immunological responses to HIV in Africa. Dr Kelly is currently in Malawi.

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2013 intake

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Dr Hannah Brindle

Hannah graduated in Medicine from the University of Edinburgh in 2007. She obtained a Masters in Tropical and Infectious Diseases from Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine in 2011, performing research in Malawi looking at the utilisation of abdominal and cardiac ultrasound. She has since worked in the Mersey Deanery as an Academic Clinical Fellow in neurological infections and carried out research in Nepal.

Hannah is now based in Hanoi, Vietnam carrying out her PhD which aims to look at the spatio-temporal distribution of, and environmental, socio-demographic and zoonotic risk factors for acute encephalitis syndrome in northern Vietnam.

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Louisa Pollock

Dr Louisa Pollock

Louisa Pollock is a general paediatrician with a special interest in infectious diseases and global child health. She studied at the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne and completed paediatric training in the West of Scotland. While working as a paediatric registrar in Malawi in 2006/7 she gained perspective on the need for good clinical research to reduce child mortality, and was principal investigator of a study examining the pharmacokinetics of anti-retroviral therapy in children with malnutrition. On completion of her higher specialist training she worked as a clinical research fellow with Prof Beate Kampmann's teamat Imperial College London and MRC Unit -The Gambia. She assisted with research studies in infant immunology and tuberculosis and helped establish new training programmes in child TB and paediatric emergency care (ETAT). She continues to support ETAT training in Malawi as trustee of the charity Children's Medical Care Malawi, and is a mentor for the RCPCH ETAT programme in Uganda.

Her overall research aim is to address high-burden, high-mortality paediatric problems in resource-limited settings. She is particularly motivated by the inequity of thepaediatric research gap - the lack of child-specific data, particularly in diagnostics and in clinical trials, which deprives children worldwide of evidence-based healthcare. Dr Pollock is currently in Malawi.



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Dr Aisleen Bennett

Aisleen trained at St George’s Hospital Medical School and is a London Deanery Speciality Trainee in Paediatrics. She has a long standing interest in tropical paediatrics and has worked as a clinician in the Northern Territory of Australia and in Malawi, as well as in the UK.She is particularly interested in the epidemiology of childhood infections in resource poor settings. Aisleencommenced studying for an MRes at the University of Liverpool in September 2013 and began her PhD based in Malawi in autumn 2014.



2014 intake

David Barr

Dr David Barr

David is a specialist trainee in Infectious Diseases and General Medicine at the Brownlee Centre for Infectious Diseases in Glasgow. He completed undergraduate training at UCL (BSc International Health) and the University of Glasgow (MBChB). He worked as a Principal Medical Officer in HAART roll out in rural kwaZulu Natal 2009-10 and recently obtained an MSc in Tropical and Infectious Diseases from the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine which included research into TB colony morphology carried out in the mycobacteriology lab at the College of Medicine in Blantyre, Malawi.

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Andrew McCallum 

Dr Andrew McCallum

Andrew studied Medicine and Physiology at the University of Edinburgh and undertook his junior doctor posts in South East Scotland.  He worked as a medical officer in Tonga Hospital, South Africa, before starting his specialty training in Infectious Diseases and General Medicine. 

Andrew moved to Liverpool as an Academic Clinical Fellow in Infection Pharmacology in 2013, during which he carried out a TB pharmacogenetics project assessing polymorphisms affecting rifampicin and isoniazid exposure, and a research bronchoscopy feasibility study in Malawi.  He started the Wellcome Trust Clinical PhD Programme in September 2014 and is developing a PhD proposal in the field of TB / HIV therapeutics.

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Dr Jamilah Meghji

Jamilah is a London Deanery trainee in adult Respiratory Medicine. She completed her medical training at the University of Oxford, and subsequently obtained a Masters in Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health. She has an interest in the epidemiology and management of chronic respiratory disease in resource poor settings, and aims to begin her PhD in Malawi in late 2015.


2015 intake


Dr James Millard

James trained in Nottingham and has worked clinically in Edinburgh, Manchester and London. From 2010 - 2012 he worked as a Medical Officer in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa and since returning has undertaken various teaching and clinical jobs in the fields of infectious diseases and global health. Currently he is an infectious diseases and general medicine speciality trainee in London. James is currently developing a PhD proposal characterising determinants of mycobacterial clearance in drug-sensitive and multi-drug resistant tuberculosis.





Dr Alexander Stockdale

Alex studied medicine in Edinburgh and has trained in Edinburgh, Cambridge and Liverpool. He worked in Malawi in 2007 and in Kenya as a Medical Officer in 2010. He was appointed as an Academic Clinical Fellow at the Institute of Infection and Global Health in Liverpool in 2013 and has been involved in a cohort study of HIV/hepatitis B co-infected patients in Ghana (HEPIK).

 He is an Infectious Diseases Specialist Registrar and is interested in HIV and hepatitis B. He plans to study the determinants of the clinical and virological expression of hepatitis B in Malawi.




Dr Joseph Lewis

Joe initially studied Natural Sciences at Clare College, Cambridge, before undergraduate medical training at St George’s, University of London followed by junior doctor training posts in London. He worked as a medical officer in rural KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, from 2012-2013 before returning to the UK to undertake specialty training in Infectious Diseases and General Internal Medicine in Liverpool. He is interested in the microbiology of sepsis in sub-saharan Africa and understanding how the empiric use of antimicrobials in sepsis is contributing to the emerging problem of antimicrobial resistance. He aims to start his PhD in Malawi in late 2016.

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2016 intake


Dr Katharine Stott

Katharine studied medicine and humanitarian studies in Liverpool before beginning her clinical training in London. Following this she undertook a diploma in tropical medicine and hygiene before working as a medical officer in Lesotho, Southern Africa. Katharine subsequently held clinical and academic roles at the Wellcome Trust Africa Centre in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa and then at the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (FIOCRUZ) in Salvador, Brazil. These roles lead to an interest in infection pharmacology and in 2013 she moved back to Liverpool and was appointed to the post of Academic Clinical Fellow in clinical pharmacology and therapeutics. She has since established a number of additional academic collaborations including with KwaZulu-Natal Research Institute for TB and HIV (KRITH), Oxford University Clinical Research Unit in Vietnam (OUCRU) and Botswana-Harvard AIDS Institute Partnership (BHP).

Katharine is currently undertaking a Wellcome Trust clinical PhD programme and will move to Malawi in September 2017 to study the pharmacological and fungal factors that influence treatment outcome in cryptococcal meningitis.

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Dr Stephen Ray

Stephen is a paediatric registrar interested in Infectious Diseases. He previously worked in Nepal 2010-2011 where he became interested in paediatric febrile coma. He was appointed as an Academic Clinical Fellow at the Institute of Infection and Global Health in Liverpool in 2012 and conducted pilot work that built on this area. He plans to investigate the aetiology and pathogenesis of febrile coma in Malawian children from late 2017.

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