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Dr. Stagg is the tenured head of the Population Health and Infectious Diseases (PHID) research group. She is an applied epidemiological methodologist for the infectious diseases (Reader/Associate Professor) who initially trained at the University of Cambridge in the life sciences (cell biology, immunology, virology; PhD) and later at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (epidemiology, MSc). She has worked with industry, and national and international policy making/influencing bodies (particularly the Scottish Parliament, National Institute for Health and Care Excellence UK, European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, and the World Health Organization). She has previously held a European Respiratory Society International Short-Term Research Training Fellowship and a National Institute for Health Research Postdoctoral Fellowship. She currently holds both a Chancellor’s Fellowship and Medical Research Council Career Development Award at the Usher Institute of the University of Edinburgh, as well as an honorary Associate Professorship at University College London.


She is a member of the World Health Organization's core grouping for the European Tuberculosis Research Initiative, a Fellow of the Young Academy of Europe, and was the co-chair of UK Academics and Professionals to End Tuberculosis with Prof. Bertie Squire 2020-2022.


You can also read her profile on our Data Driven Innovation website.


Pronouns: she/her/hers

Current Research Interests

Dr. Stagg's group has four main programmes of currently ongoing research work:

  • treatment adherence in chronic conditions
  • treatment optimisation in tuberculosis
  • antimicrobial resistance
  • herpesviruses


More details about Dr. Stagg's most recent grants and projects can be found in the relevant section of this webpage.

Collaborative Activity

What do I do?

Dr. Stagg's group focusses on areas where the ‘facts’ that have underpinned our clinical practice and research for decades rest on an insufficient evidence base- assumption and conjecture. The group uses a wide-ranging toolbox of study design techniques (epidemiology) and statistical methods to work to fill such knowledge gaps, as well as working collaboratively with laboratory, mathematical modelling, anthropology, clinical and genetics colleagues. We make optimal use of pre-existing data sources and are largely focussed on infectious diseases as well as treatment optimisation.

What is the real world applicability of my research?

We have worked with the World Health Organization, European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, UK, to provide a solid evidence base for their clinical and public health guidelines.

How could this apply to commercial stakeholders?

We are experts in reviewing and summarising scientific knowledge within population health to provide pragmatic, but scientifically rigorous, determination of the need for and best approaches to products and further research in different settings.


Dr. Stagg currently teaches at the Master's/Bachelor's level at the University of Edinburgh. She holds a Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.

Education/Academic qualification

Epidemiology, Master of Science, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

2014 → …

Award Date: 1 Nov 2014

Virology/Immunology/Cellular Biology, Doctor of Medicine, University of Cambridge

2009 → …

Award Date: 27 Mar 2010

Natural Sciences (Pathology), Master of Arts, University of Cambridge

2006 → …

Award Date: 29 Jun 2006

External positions

Honorary Associate Professor, University College London

1 Aug 2018 → …

Honorary Associate Professor, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

1 Feb 201831 Jan 2021


  • RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine


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