People  Banner

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.


2018 intake


Charalampos Attipa

Charalampos is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathology with a special research interest in zoonotic infections. He graduate with a first-class honours veterinary degree from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and during his undergraduate studies he completed a Wellcome Trust funded research internship at the University of Cambridge. Following foundation training in Cyprus, he returned to the UK and the University of Bristol where he did an internship,  followed by specialty training in Veterinary Clinical Pathology at the Royal Veterinary College, University of London. His academic experience include veterinary pathology, canine leishmaniosis, zoonotic vector borne infections and diagnostics. Charalampos joints the Institute as a Wellcome Trust Clinical PhD fellow working on zoonotic parasitic infections.

Click to see Charalampos' profile on ResearchGate.



2017 intake

Catherine Wilson Profile

Catherine Wilson

Catherine graduated as a vet from the University of Cambridge in 2010 and since this time has worked in several practices around the UK. She has an interest in zoonotic disease, epidemiology and veterinary public health in resource poor settings and has carried out research projects and clinical work in Kenya, The Gambia and Egypt.  In 2014 Catherine completed a Postgraduate Certificate in International Animal Health from the University of Edinburgh and in 2018 a Masters study looking at the prevalence and antimicrobial resistance profile of non-typhoidal Salmonella in pigs in Kenya and Malawi at the University of Liverpool.

Catherine is currently based in Malawi carrying out her PhD which aims to look at the diversity of E. coli, non-typhoidal Salmonella and antimicrobial resistance profiles amongst humans, livestock, domestic and peri-domestic wildlife found in households in rural and urban areas of Malawi.  Catherine is concurrently enrolled as a Resident of the European College of Veterinary Public health.



Derek C

Dr Derek Cocker

Derek is an Infectious Disease and General Medicine trainee. He initially studied biochemistry, before undertaking post-graduate medicine at Liverpool. In 2010, he was appointed as an NIHR academic foundation trainee with the Brain Infections Group at the Institute of Infection and Global Health, University of Liverpool. He has spent time working in Malawi and Tanzania on a broad range of projects and is currently undertaking a Wellcome Trust Clinical PhD fellowship. With this he hopes to research the role of the environment and behavioural practices on antimicrobial resistance in Malawi.


Click to see more information about Derek's research outputs.

Click to see Derek's profile on ResearchGate.


Timothy Lawes

Dr Timothy Lawes

Tim is a paediatric trainee with interest in practical population health research. Hisparticular passions are prevention, health inequalities, life-course epidemiology and infectious diseases. Currentl, he is working on data-linkage studies to understand the epidemiology and control of antibiotic resistance. He believes that well planned observational studies, public involvement, and novel research methods, can help inform more successful strategies for tackling public health challenges.


Click to see Derek's profile on ResearchGate.

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.

Click to see more information about Katharine's research outputs.

Click to see Katharine's profile on ResearchGate.



Sray Wt Picture

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.

Click to see more information about Stephen's research outputs.

Click to see Stephen's profile on ResearchGate.




Dr Rebecca Lester

Rebecca is a specialty trainee in Infectious Diseases and General Medicine with the London Deanery. She studied medicine at Sheffield University and has an MSc in Tropical Medicine and International Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She has worked clinically in Tanzania, Uganda and Malawi and is a regular tutor on the  East African DTM&H. She was based in Malawi in 2015-2016 as a UCL Academic Clinical Fellow, during which time she carried out a feasibility study of antimicrobial stewardship at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital.

She  returned to Malawi for her PhD September 2017 and is researching outcomes of drug-resistant infection and transmission of antimicrobial-resistant bacteria.

Click to see more information about Rebecca's research outputs.

Click to see Rebecca's profile on ResearchGate.


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.

Click to see James' profile on ResearchGate.




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.

Click to see Alex's profile on ResearchGate.




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.

Click to see more information about Joseph's research outputs.

Click to see Joe's profile on ResearchGate.



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.

Click to see more information about David's research outputs.



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.

Click to see more information about Andrew's research outputs.



Jamilah Meghji (1)

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.



2013 intake

Clip Image002 002

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.

Click to see more information about Hannah's work and research outputs.



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.



Clip Image002 003

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.