Sophie Belman

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My research interests has been predominantly focused on understanding the geographic migration and evolution of respiratory bacterial disease - predominantly Streptococcus pneumoniae integrating genomic data with other data types. The migratory pathways and connectivity of pneumococcal populations has implications for estimating the geographic impact of emerging phenotypes and can inform prevention and treatment strategies. I use Bayesian and likelihood-free modelling approaches incorporating multiple data types. At BSC I am working to improve forecasting frameworks for infectious disease outbreaks such as dengue virus, and am incorporating human mobility data into spatiotemporal disease models. Furthermore, I am continuing to utilize pathogen genome datasets to understand disease transmission, prevalence, evolution, and spread.


PhD in Pathogen Genomics & Epidemiology 

University of Cambridge (Cambridge, UK) 

Supervisors: Professor Stephen Bentley & Professor Henrik Salje

Thesis Title: Geographic Migration and Evolution of Streptococcus pneumoniae


MSc. in Medical Microbiology with Distinction 

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (London, UK & Fajara, The Gambia)     

Supervisors: Professor Martin Antonio & Dr. Madikay Senghore

Dissertation Title: Towards understanding genomic drivers of antimicrobial resistance in Mycobacterium tuberculosis genomes from Ghana and Togo


BA with Major in Biology & Minor in Neuroscience 

Lewis & Clark College (Portland, Oregon, USA)           



Microbiology Society

International Society of Pneumonia and Pneumococcal Disease


Taught pathogen genomics modules and courses.