Emerging Leaders in International Infectious Diseases

Emerging Leaders

In recognition of their past contributions to the field of international infectious diseases and in anticipation of their future impact on the discipline, these individuals are recognized as ISID Emerging Leaders in International Infectious Diseases.


Joseph Agboeze, Nigeria

Dr Joseph Agboeze is an Obstetrician /Gynaecologist and a Field epidemiologist from Nigeria. His current main scope of work is on Prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV (PMTCT) and Lassa fever. He is interested in infection prevention and control, including modelling of infectious diseases.


Amal Al-Maani, Oman

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Afreenish Amir, Pakistan

Afreenish Amir, a medical microbiologist with over ten years of experience in clinical microbiology and infectious diseases, is currently working as Lab Coordinator in CDC GHSA project at NIH Pakistan. She graduated in 2005 with a Masters of Philosophy (Microbiology), and is currently pursuing a PhD in Microbiology. She is a GIBACHT fellow, a Harvard alumna and a Master trainer for Biosafety (PBSA) and Infection prevention/control.


Fatima Aziz, Pakistan

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Muge Cevik, United Kingdom

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Esmita Charani, United Kingdom

Esmita is the Senior Lead Research Pharmacist within the faculty of Medicine at Imperial College London at the NIHR Health Protection Research Unit for Healthcare Associated Infections and Antimicrobial Resistance. She a visiting Researcher at Haukeland University Hospital, Bergen Norway, and adjunct faculty at Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kerala India, where she is involved in helping implement and investigate national antibiotic stewardship programmes. She is a Global Health Fellow with the Office of the Chief Pharmaceutical Officer for England and advises on the global health partnerships between the NHS and healthcare facilities in Uganda, Ghana and Tanzania. She is also an ESCMID (European Society for Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Disease) Fellow.

She is co-investigator on the ESRC award (2017-2021): Optimising antibiotic use along surgical pathways: addressing antimicrobial resistance and improving clinical outcomes (in England, Scotland, Rwanda, India & South Africa). Esmita gained her Masters (MPharm Hons) from Pharmacy at University College London, her MSc in Infectious Diseases from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and her PhD from Imperial College London. Her doctoral thesis investigated antimicrobial stewardship across India, Norway, France, Burkina Faso and England.


Youssef Dalal, Lebanon

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Bethany Davies, United Kingdom

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Angel Desai, United States

Dr. Angel Desai is a physician who recently completed her infectious diseases clinical research fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital/Brigham & Women's Hospital in Boston, MA. Apart from her clinical responsibilities, she has been conducting research with ProMED and HealthMAP as well as the International Society for Infectious Diseases since 2017 where she focuses on leveraging informal surveillance methodologies to discern epidemiological trends on emerging diseases and outbreaks, particularly among displaced and other vulnerable populations. Her other work includes global infection prevention and control measures in resource-limited settings with an interest in high consequence pathogens.

Angel obtained her Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University in 2007 and M.D. from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2013 where she helped to found a global health pathway for medical students. She completed her internal medicine residency at the University of Washington where she was involved with research on the impacts of climate change on global disease distribution. She is currently pursuing a Master of Public Health from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and is an Emerging Leader in Biosecurity Initiative Fellow through the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security.


Abiodun Egwuenu, Nigeria

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Elita Jauneikaite, United Kingdom

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Jasmin Islam, United Kingdom

Dr Jasmin Islam qualified from The Royal Free and University College Hospital, London before training in Infectious Diseases and Medical Microbiology. In her current role as NIHR Clinical Lecturer, she is interested addressing the global burden of antimicrobial resistance, by understanding how data can inform antibiotic stewardship policies at the local, national and international level. She has worked with teams in Zambia, Egypt and the UK.


David Moore, South Africa

Dr. David Moore is a Paediatric Infectious Diseases specialist currently working in Soweto, South Africa, at Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital. He has over 20 years of experience working in the public health sector, and has special interests in vaccine-preventable diseases, pneumonia, tuberculosis and HIV.


Vrina Nampoothiri, India

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Muhammed Niyas, India

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Christina Obiero, Kenya

Dr. Christina W. Obiero is a medical doctor (University of Nairobi, Kenya) with public health training from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She currently works as a clinical researcher at the Kenya Medical Research Institute – Wellcome Trust Research Program in Kilifi, Kenya, where she has led/co-led several research projects including investigating the safety, pharmacokinetic and immunogenicity profile of antimicrobials and vaccines. Dr. Obiero is also undertaking her PhD work at the University of Amsterdam, Netherlands, and her research focuses on the diagnosis and management of serious childhood infections in sub-Saharan Africa and aims to improve treatment guidelines and health outcomes. She is a member of the Delta Omega Alpha Chapter (Bloomberg School of Public Health).


Laura Oliveira, India

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Tatiana Pinto, Brazil

Prof. Tatiana Pinto has a PhD in Microbiology and is currently an Assistant Professor in Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), Brazil. Her research aims to gather data on virulence and antimicrobial resistance traits among Streptococcus agalactiae and Streptococcus pneumoniae isolates circulating in Brazil, by uncovering novel aspects of the biology of these microorganisms that are important to trace the epidemiological evolution of epidemic and sporadic clones, as well as to help designing improved therapeutic and prophylactic measures against pediatric streptococcal infections. Dr Pinto is also an enthusiastic of public engagement and science communication activities, and is an active member of other international scientific societies, including the American Society for Microbiology.


Laura Talarico, Argentina

Dr. Laura Talarico is an investigator from the National Scientific and Technical Research Council in Argentina. She obtained her Ph.D. in Biological Chemistry for studies on the evaluation and characterization of natural compounds for anti-dengue virus activity. She currently works at the Department of Medicine, Ricardo Gutierrez Children’s Hospital, and her research mainly focuses on the role of B and T lymphocytes in dengue and zika virus infections. The ultimate aim of her work is to identify viral, immunological and physiological factors involved in dengue and zika infections that will likely contribute to better assessment of flavivirus infections in vulnerable populations.


Alemayehu Tinase, Ethiopia

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Jason Trubiano, Australia

Dr. Jason Trubiano is an Infectious Diseases Physician and Director of Antimicrobial Stewardship and Drug and Antibiotic Allergy Services at Austin Health. He is a postdoctoral fellow at The National Centre for Infections in Cancer (Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre) and NHMRC Early Career Fellow at the University of Melbourne.  His research examines Antimicrobial Stewardship health services interventions in penicillin allergy and role of novel diagnostics in severe antibiotic reactions.


Sophie Yacoub, Vietnam

Prof. Sophie Yacoub is a Consultant Physician in Infectious Diseases and General Medicine and is the Dengue Research Group Head at the Oxford University Clinical Research Unit (OUCRU), based in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. She is as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine in Singapore and holds an honorary Consultant appointment at London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust in the UK.

She was awarded a PhD in 2016, through the Imperial College Wellcome Trust Clinical PhD Programme and has a Masters degree from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She is a member of the Royal College of Physicians in London. She has clinical academic experience in a variety of tropical diseases, including Chagas disease, malaria and dengue, having worked in northern Australia, Kenya, Tanzania and Honduras. Her work has been supported by grants from the Wellcome Trust, NMRC Singapore, the WHO, British Heart Foundation and the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine.