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Katherine BattlePostdoctoral Researcher, Malaria Atlas Project (MAP)

Katherine’s first degree was in Biology and Secondary Education and she completed her MSc in Control of Infectious Diseases at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 2009 where her research focus was on malaria entomology. Following field work in Kenya, she joined MAP in 2010 and worked on the first steps to developing a global atlas of infectious disease. Katherine's interests lie in the application of epidemiology and geographic information systems to questions that are essential to the control of malaria and other infectious diseases. In 2015 Katherine completed her DPhil, which investigated the global burden of Plasmodium vivax malaria. She analysed the spatial variation in P. vivax relapse rates and the association between prevalence and incidence to generate estimates of clinical burden of this disease. 

Since completing her DPhil, Katherine was appointed as a  Postdoctoral Researcher with MAP. Katherine will provide technical support in risk mapping to the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), which supports national malaria control programs to accelerate efforts to reduce malaria transmission towards elimination, to improve spatial decision making in elimination settings.


Selected Publications

Gething, P.W., Casey, D.C., Weiss, D.J., Bisanzio, D., Bhatt, S., Cameron, E., Battle, K.E., Dalyrymple, U., Rozier, J., Puja, C., Rao, M.P.H., Kutz M.J., Barber, R.M., Huynh, C., Shackelford, K.A., Coates, M.M., Nguyen, G., Fraser, M.S., Kulikoff, R., Wang, H., Naghavi, M., Smith, D.L., Murray, C.J.L., Hay, S.I. and Lim, S.S. (2016). Mapping Plasmodium falciparum malaria mortality in Africa between 1990 and 2015. New England Journal of Medicine, : 10.1056/NEJMoa1606701. DOI

Shearer, F.M., Huang, Z., Weiss, D., Wiebe, A., Gibson, H., Battle, K.E., Pigott, D.M., Brady, O.J., Putaporntip, C., Jongwutiwes, S., Lau, Y.L., Manske, M., Amato, R., Elyazar, I.R.F., Vythilingam, I., Bhatt, S., Gething, P.W., Singh, B., Golding, N., Hay, S.I. and Moyes, C.L. (2016). Estimating Geographical Variation in the Risk of Zoonotic Plasmodium knowlesi Infection in Countries Eliminating Malaria, PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, 10 (8) : e0004915 DOI

Howes, R.E., Battle, K.E., Mendis, K.N., Smith, D.L., Cibulskis, R.E., Baird, J.K. and Hay, S.I. (2016). Global epidemiology of Plasmodium vivax. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, : 10.4269/ajtmh.16-0141 DOI

Battle, K.E., Bisanzio, D., Gibson, H.S., Bhatt, S., Cameron, E., Weiss, D.J., Mappin, B., Dalrymple, U., Howes, R.E., Hay, S.I. and Gething, P.W. (2016). Treatment-seeking rates in malaria endemic countries. Malaria Journal, 15 : 20 DOI

Anstey, N.M., Auburn, S., Baird, J.K., Battle, K.E., Bobogare, A., Chancellor, A., Chasombat, S., Cheng, Q., Chong, C.K., Domingo, G.J., Drakeley, C.J., Drukpa, T., Dysoley, L., Espino, F.E., Gething, P.W., Ghimire, P., Gosling, R.D., Grewal-Daumerie, P., Hay, S.I., Howes, R.E., Hwang, J., Karim, J., Khan, W.A., Kim, J-Y., Ley, B., Mannion, K., McCarthy, J., Keong, W.M., Mueller, I., Namgay, R., Price, R.N., Qi, G., Rebueno, M., Reeder, J., Richards, J., Sattabongkot-Prachumsri, J., Shanks, G.D., Sibley, C.H., Surya, A., Taleo, G., Thang, N.D., Thongpaseuth, V., Thriemer, K., Trimarsanto, H., Vestergaard, L.S., von Seidlein, L and Whittaker, M. (2015). Targeting vivax malaria in the Asia Pacific: The Asia Pacific Malaria Elimination Network Vivax Working Group. Malaria Journal, 14 : 484 DOI

Howes, R.E., Reiner, Jr., R.C., Battle, K.E., Longbottom, J., Mappin, B., Ordanovich, D., Tatem, A.J., Drakeley, C., Gething, P.W., Zimmerman, P.A., Smith, D.L. and Hay, S.I. (2015). Plasmodium vivax transmission in Africa. Public Library of Science Neglected Tropical Diseases, 9 (11) : e0004222 DOI

Bhatt, S., Weiss, D.J., Cameron, E., Bisanzio, D., Mappin, B., Dalrymple, U., Battle, K.E., Moyes, C.L., Henry, A., Eckhoff, P.A., Wenger, E.A., Briƫt, O., Penny, M.A., Smith, T.A., Bennett, A., Yukich, J., Eisele, T.P., Griffin, J.T., Fergus, C.A., Lynch, M., Lindgren, F., Cohen, J.M., Murray, C.L.J., Smith, D.L., Hay, S.I., Cibulskis, R.E. and Gething, P.W (2015). The effect of malaria control on Plasmodium falciparum in Africa between 2000 and 2015. Nature, 526 (7572) : 207-211 DOI

Cameron, E., Battle, K. E., Bhatt, S., Weiss, D.J., Bisanzio, D., Mappin, B., Dalrymple, U., Hay, S.I., Smith, D. L., Griffin, J. T., Wenger, E. A., Eckhoff, P. A., Smith, T. A., Penny, M. A. and Gething, P. W. (2015). Defining the relationship between infection prevalence and clinical incidence of Plasmodium falciparum malaria. Nature Communications, 6 : 8170

Battle, K.E., Guerra, C.A., Golding, N., Duda, K.A., Cameron, E., Howes, R.E., Elyazar, I.R.F., Baird, J.K., Reiner, R.C. Jr., Gething, P.W., Smith, D.L. and Hay, S.I. (2015). Global database of matched Plasmodium falciparum and P. vivax incidence and prevalence records from 1985-2013. Scientific Data, 2 : 150012 DOI

Pigott, D.M., Howes, R.E., Wiebe, A., Battle, K.E., Golding, N., Gething, P.W., Dowell, S.F., Farag, T.H., Garcia, A.J., Kimball, A.M., Krause, K.L., Smith, C.H., Brooker, S.J., Kyu, H.H., Vos, T., Murray, C.J.L., Moyes, C.L. and Hay, S.I. (2015). Prioritising infectious disease mapping. Public Library of Science Neglected Tropical Diseases, 9 (6) : e0003756 DOI


December 2011 - May 2017 Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellowship in Basic Biomedical Science (SRF) Our previous work has shown mapping to be fundamental to understanding the epidemiology of P. falciparum and for monitoring public health impacts on malaria at a global scale....
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