Research - Our Team

Rachel Lowe is an Assistant Professor at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, based in the Centre for the Mathematical Modelling of Infectious Diseases and the Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology. Her current research, on the impact of global environmental change on vector-borne disease risk, is funded by a Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship, supported by the Global Challenges Research Fund. She is also a visiting Assistant Research Professor at the Barcelona Institute for Global Health.

Rachel graduated from the University of East Anglia in 2004 with a First Class BSc (Hons) in Meteorology and Oceanography with a year in Europe. She spent one year at the University of Granada, Spain, reading Environmental Science. In 2007, she completed an MSc with distinction in Geophysical Hazards at University College London (UCL), where she received a UCL Graduate Masters Award. In 2011, she obtained a PhD in Mathematics at the University of Exeter. Her thesis concerned spatio-temporal modelling of climate-sensitive disease risk, with a focus on early warning systems for dengue in Brazil. From 2010-2012, she was a Visiting Scientist at the International Centre for Theoretical Physics in Trieste, Italy, where she worked with the Malawi Ministry of Health to develop predictive models for malaria and a platform to integrate climate information and rural telemedicine. From 2012-2016, Rachel was a Postdoctoral Scientist and Head of Climate Services for Health at the Catalan Institute for Climate Sciences (IC3) in Barcelona, Spain. 

Lines of Research

  • Early warning systems for climate-sensitive diseases
  • Planetary health

Main Publications

  • Lowe R, Gasparrini A, Van Meerbeeck CJ, Lippi CA, Mahon R, Trotman AR, Rollock L, Hinds AQJ, Ryan SJ, Stewart Ibarra AM (2018). Nonlinear and delayed impacts of climate on dengue risk in Barbados: A modelling study. PLOS Medicine,15(7): e1002613
  • Lowe R, Barcellos C, Brasil P, Cruz OG, Honório NA, Kuper H, Sá Carvalho M (2018). The Zika Virus Epidemic in Brazil: From Discovery to Future Implications. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 15(1), 96 (doi:10.3390/ijerph15010096).
  • Lowe R, Stewart-Ibarra AM, Petrova D, García-Díez M, Borbor-Cordova MJ, Mejía R, Regato M, Rodó X. (2017). Climate services for health: predicting the evolution of the 2016 dengue season in Machala, Ecuador. Lancet Planetary Health,1(4): e142-e151 (doi:10.1016/S2542-5196(17)30064-5).
  • Lowe R, Coelho CAS, Barcellos C, Sá Carvalho M, De Castro Catão R, Coelho GE, Massa Ramalho W, Bailey TC, Stephenson DB, Rodó X. (2016). Evaluating probabilistic dengue risk forecasts from a prototype early warning system for Brazil. eLife, p. e11285 (doi: 10.7554/eLife.11285).
  • Lowe R, Barcellos C, Coelho CAS, Bailey TC, Coelho GE, Graham R, Jupp TE, Massa Ramalho W, Sá Carvalho M, Stephenson DB, Rodó X. (2014). Dengue outlook for the World Cup in Brazil: an early warning model framework driven by real-time seasonal climate forecasts. Lancet Infectious Diseases, 14(7): 619-626 (doi: 10.1016/S1473-3099(14)70781-9).