Geoff Garnett, PhD
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Location: Pelton Auditorium, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Geoff Garnett has worked for two decades on the epidemiology and control of sexually transmitted infections, including HIV. His PhD at Sheffield University was on the epidemiology of chickenpox and shingles, after which he worked at Imperial College London and Oxford University where he held a Wellcome Trust and the a Royal Society Fellowship. His main interests have been modelling patterns of sexual contact and their interaction with the clinical course of infections, the demographic impact of infections and the evaluation of prevention and treatment interventions. He has developed models of the spread of HIV, gonorrhoea, syphilis, HSV-2, trichomoniasis, HPV, HiB and tuberculosis. He has collaborated on impact evaluations in Zimbabwe and Peru. He was the founding director of Imperial College’s Master in Epidemiology Degree Course and Chair of Examiners for Imperial College’s Masters in Public Health degree. For 10 years he has served as Chair of the UNAIDS Reference Group on Estimates, Models and Projections.