Dr Michael Marks
Michael is a NIHR Clinical Lecturer in infectious diseases and general medicine.His Phd focused on understanding the impact of azithromycin mass administration on treponemal infections as part of a strategy to eliminate yaws in the Solomon Islands including work on disease mapping and the evaluation of diagnostic tests. He is also involved in trials on the treatment of yaws in Ghana and Papua New Guinea and studies using sequencing to understand treponemal diversity. Alongside this he has an interest in the epidemiology and control of scabies, which is endemic in the Pacific region. More broadly he is interested in developing integrated approaches to the management of neglected tropical diseases.
Following his PhD Michael's research interests have expanded to include all of the human treponematoses including both Treponema pallidum subsp. pallidum (the causative agent of syphilis) whilst continuing my interest in T.pallidum subsp. pertenue (the causative agent of yaws). He collaborates with Professor Nick Thomson on the application of next-generation sequencing tools to our understanding in these important diseases.
Alongside his research work at LSHTM, he worked with Chrissy Roberts to establish and run the ODK@LSHTM service which supports the uptake of the ODK electronic data collection platform in research projects run by LSHTM worldwide