Katie Hampson

Research Fellow 

Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health & Comparative Medicine
College of Medical, Veterinary & Life Sciences
Graham Kerr Building
University of Glasgow
G12 8QQ

Institute webpages

Research Interests

I am interested in the ecology of infectious diseases, particularly rabies, with the aim understanding infection dynamics across spatial scales and the impacts of control efforts. I use a combination of detailed field investigations, vaccination interventions and modeling.

My main areas of research include:

  • Transmission dynamics
  • Impacts of population structure, demography, and geography on spatiotemporal dynamics
  • Vaccination strategy and surveillance design

I am particularly interested in the dynamics of infections in partially vaccinated populations, the determinants of disease persistence and challenges to eliminating infectious diseases. I edited a special issue of Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society on this topic.


Hampson, K., Cleaveland, S.C., and Briggs, D.J.B. (2011). Evaluation of cost-effective strategies for rabies post-exposure vaccination in developing countries. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases 5(3): e982. doi:10.1371/journal.pntd.0000982
Pdf document - Response 17 March 2011

Beyer, H., Hampson, K., Lembo, T., Cleaveland, S. C., Kaare, M., and Haydon, D. T. (2011). Metapopulation Dynamics of Rabies and the Efficacy of Vaccination. Proceedings of the Royal Society, Series B. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2010.2312

Lembo, T., Hampson, K., Halliday, J., Packer, C., Bessell, P., Fyumagwa, R., Hoare, R., Beesley, C., Stamey, K., Ernest, E., Mentzel, C., Mlengeya, T., Wilkins, P. and Cleaveland, S. C. (2011). Using serologic surveillance to examine the ecology of anthrax. Emerging Infectious Diseases 17(3): 387-394

Lembo, T., Hampson, K., Kaare, M., Ernest, E., Knobel, D., Kazwala, R., Haydon, D.T., and Cleaveland, S. C. (2010). The feasibility of canine rabies elimination in Africa: dispelling doubts with data. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases 4(2): e626. doi:10.1371/journal.pntd.0000626

Shim, E., Hampson, K., Cleaveland, S. C., and Galvani, A. P. (2009). Evaluating the cost-effectiveness of rabies post-exposure prophylaxis: A case study in Tanzania. Vaccine 27(51): 7167-7172.

Hampson, K., Dushoff, J., Cleaveland, S. C., Haydon, D., Kaare, M., Packer, C. and Dobson, A. (2009). Transmission dynamics and prospects for the elimination of canine rabies. PLoS Biology 7(3): e1000053 doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.1000053

Kaare, M., Lembo, T., Hampson, K., Ernest, E., Estes, A., Mentzel, C., and Cleaveland, S. (2009). Rabies Control in Rural Africa: Evaluation Strategies for Effective Domestic Dog Vaccination. Vaccine: 27 (1): 152-160

Hampson, K., Dobson, A. Kaare, M., Dushoff, J., Magoto, M., Sindoya, E. and Cleaveland, S.C. (2008). Rabies exposures, post-exposure prophylaxis and deaths in a region of endemic canine rabies. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases 2(11): e339. doi:10.1371/journal.pntd.0000339

Lembo, T.*, Hampson, K.*, Haydon, D., Craft, M., Dobson, A., Dushoff, J., Eblate, E., Hoare, R., Kaare, M., Mlengeya, T., Mentzel, C., and Cleaveland, S. (2008). Exploring reservoirs dynamics: a case study of rabies in the Serengeti ecosystem. Journal of Applied Ecology: 45: 1246-1257 *equal contributions

Hampson, K., Dushoff, J., Bingham, J., Brückner, G., Ali, Y. H., and Dobson, A. (2007). Synchronous cycles of domestic dog rabies in sub-Saharan Africa and the impact of control efforts. PNAS 104(18): 7717-7722

Metcalf, C.J.E.*, Hampson, K.*, Andriamizava, A., Andrianirina, R., Cairnes, T., Gray, A. Ramiarisoa, C. Sondotra, H. (2007). The importance of north-west Madagascar for marine turtle conservation. Oryx 41(2): 232-237

Grants & Awards

2010-2014  Medical Research Council, Understanding how a complex intervention works: designing large-scale vaccination programs (co-applicant)

2009-2012  Swiss Foundation, Development and Implementation of an Effective Surveillance System for Rabies in Southern Tanzania using innovative technologies (Principal Investigator)

2009-2010  Google Foundation, Establishing Methodologies for Surveillance of Zoonotic and Emerging Diseases in Tanzania: A Pilot Program in the Serengeti Ecosystem (co-applicant)

2007-2011  Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellowship