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David Lalloo

Centre Director:  Professor David Lalloo MB BS MD FRCP FFTM RCPS (Glasg)

David is a Professor of Tropical Medicine, Dean of Clinical Sciences and International Public Health at Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.  His areas of interest include clinical trials in resource poor settings and travel medicine.  He took over the directorship of the centre in 2009.

Having undergone initial training in Newcastle, David trained in General (Internal) Medicine, Infectious Diseases & Tropical Medicine, spending three years in Papua New Guinea. He undertook clinical and laboratory research in Oxford before moving as Senior Lecturer to the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine in 1999. Since then he has focused on clinical trials in the tropics, particularly in HIV related infections, malaria and envenoming. He currently has collaborations and studies in a number of countries including Uganda, Malawi, Sri Lanka and Vietnam. He holds an appointment as Honorary Consultant at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital and is Clinical Director of the Tropical Medicine Directorate.

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Tel: +44 151 705 3179

Fax: +44 151 705 3368






Deputy Centre Director:  Professor Neil French

Neil is Professor of Infectious Diseases and Global Health at the University of Liverpool and consultant in Infectious Diseases at the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospital Trust. He has spent the majority of his career investigating and understanding the health issues of Africa, spending 15 of the last 20 years living in Uganda and Malawi. His primary research focus is on bacterial disease, the interaction with HIV and prevention by vaccination. Although best described as a clinical epidemiologist he works with a broad array of research disciplines to promote vaccine development and policy.

Following medical School at the University of Edinburgh, Neil gravitated to Liverpool training in General (Internal) Medicine and Infectious Diseases. His first post in Africa took him to the  MRC programme on AIDS in Uganda.  Following this a Wellcome Intermediate Clinical Fellowship took him to the Malawi-Liverpool-Wellcome Trust Laboratories in Blantyre Malawi and then to the directorship of the Wellcome Trust funded Karonga Prevention Study in northern Malawi. Returning to Liverpool in 2011, he continues to undertake research in Malawi as well as in Liverpool and supervise fellows and PhD students.

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Tel: +44 151 795 9630





Melita Gordon

Deputy Director of Wellcome Trust Clinical PhD Programme:  Professor Melita Gordon BA, BM, BCh, MA, MRCP, DTM&H, MD

Melita is currently Reader and Consultant in Gastroenterology, Department of Gastroenterology, Institute of Translational Medicine. She has research interests in invasive Salmonellosis and tropical Gastroenterology, and leads an International Health Link supporting endoscopy in Africa.

After undergraduate training at the Universities of Cambridge and Oxford, Melita completed General (Internal) Medicine training in Oxford, Zambia (Chikankata) and Belfast, and specialist training in Gastroenterology and G(I)M  in Sheffield and Liverpool.  During this time, she also held a Wellcome Trust Fellowship to research non-typhoid Salmonella (NTS) infections, and lived and worked for 7 years in Blantyre, Malawi. Her research interest is in the clinical and molecular epidemiology of invasive NTS infections, and the systemic and mucosal host response to Salmonella infection. She serves on the Board and Steering Group of the WTCGHR.

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Tel: +44 151 795 9685




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Centre Manager: Mr John Spafford MSc

John is the WTCGHR Centre Manager. He provides managerial oversight for the daily operations of the Centre, secretarial support for its Steering Group & Board membership, and strategic support for the development of Fellowships and other Centre activities.

John joined the Centre in October 2013 having previously worked in the University’s Business Gateway. He received his undergraduate degree from the University’s Computer Science Department and then went on to complete an MSc in Electronic Business Strategy & Systems at Liverpool Management School.

Tel: +44 151 794 5544




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Shipping & Logistics Officer: Mr Matt Hanlon

Matt joined WTCGHR as storekeeper in January 2011. His key role is procurement of laboratory and medical equipment and consumables for overseas projects. He then manages their onward shipment to researchers in several countries, including Malawi, South Africa, Ecuador and Vietnam.

+44 151 794 4223

Fax: +44 151 794 6663



Jane Hart

Programme Support Officer: Mrs Jane Hart

Jane joined WTCGHR as Programme Support Officer in September 2017. She supports fellows in the Wellcome Trust Clinical PhD Programme, and overseas colleagues with a wide range of administrative queries.

+44 151 794 4220