Department: Pathobiology and Population Sciences

Campus: Hawkshead

Research Groups: Ecosystems Health, Host-Pathogen Interactions and Vaccinology

Research Centres: RVC Animal Welfare Science and Ethics, Veterinary Epidemiology, Economics and Public Health

Joanne is the Professor of Parasitic Diseases, Director of the Centre for Emerging, Endemic and Exotic Diseases (CEEED), and Associate Director of the London Centre for Neglected Tropical Disease Reserach (LCNTR).  Her research interests are focused primarily on the evolution, epidemiology, behaviour and control of helminth and protozoan parasites of humans and animals.  Joanne also continues to hold her Professorship in Infectious Disease at Imperial College London’s Faculty of Medicine.  She  is a member of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Schistosomiais Guidline Development Group (GDG) and WHO Drug eficacy working groups.  Joanne is also on the Executive/Management Boards of the Schistosomiasis Control Initiative (SCI), the London International Development Centre (LIDC), on the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BCSRC) I-FILIP panel and Global Schistosomiasis Alliance (GSA) reserach working groups.

After gaining a double First class B.Sc. hons, her D.Phil at the University of Oxford examined the epidemiology of zoonotic disease.  Her doctoral research also developed a novel line of research focusing on the impact of the protozoan parasite Toxoplasma gondii on host behaviour and its association with chronic disease.  After just over a year working as a clinical scientist at the Communicable Disease Surveillance Centre (CDSC) in London, she returned to Oxford as a postdoctoral fellow, EPA Cephalosporin JRF, Lecturer in Infectious Diseases and finally as a Royal Society University Research Fellow (URF).  During this period she expanded the scope of her work to encompass global health and tropical field research and disease control across much of Africa and Asia.

Joanne accepted a Readership at Imperial College in 2003 and was promoted to a personal tenured Chair in Infectious Diseases in 2006.  The key motivation for this move was the unique opportunity to be co-Director of the then newly formed Schistosomiasis Control Initiative (SCI).  In this role she has been responsible from the outset for the design, implementation and evaluation of large-scale sustainable Neglected Tropical Disease (NTD) control programmes, with a focus on schistosomiasis, across sub-Saharan Africa.   During that period, these activities attracted over $155 million in funding and provided over 273 million chemotherapeutic treatments (representing over 90% of all treatments across sub-Saharan Africa) for children and at-risk adults (2003-2014).     

In October 2014 Joanne joined the Royal Veterinary College at the start of her new One Health research programmes.

Professor Joanne Webster’s research activities have been awarded a number of high profile Prizes and Medals (e.g. CA Wright Medal (2005) for Outstanding Contribution to Parasitology; National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of animals in research NC3Rs Prize (2007); Queen’s Anniversary Prize and Medal for International Public Health Impact (2008); Royal Society of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine/Elsevier citation prize (2009); Chalmers Memorial Medal (2013) to recognise Outstanding Contribution to Tropical Medicine; a Finalist BBSRC Innovator of the Year (2018), and named as one of ‘Five Inspirational women shaping the future of International Development’ for International Women’s Day (2019).



In addition to Keynote/Plenary Lectures in the UK, Joanne has presented numbersou Invited International Key Note/Plenary and Guest lectures overseas including: the USA (2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2009, 2008, 2005, 2004; 2003; 2002); Canada (2017, 2013); Belgium (2013); Brazil (2007, 2003, 2001, 1996); India (2019, 2002); Israel (2013) China (2017, 2006); Philippines (2008); Thailand (2016 ,2007, 2006); Vietnam (2019, 2017, 2007); Taiwan (2008); Cameroon (2008, 2004); Kenya (2010); Uganda (2019, 2009; 2007); Zimbabwe (1999, 1995); South Africa (2001); France (2015, 2014; 2005, 1997; 1994); Denmark (2011); Norway (2010); Corsica (2005) Southern Ireland (1997); Austria (2015, 2011); Switzerland (2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2013; 2012; 2011; 2010); Turkey (2009); Poland (2005); Italy (2017, 2012, 2000); Germany (2012).


Joanne is currently on the Editorial board of five high impact leading journals: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, B., Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene., Evolutionary Applications and PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, Trends in Parasitology.



Professor Joanne P. Webster's publications and associated citation metrics are available through Google Scholar 



H-index = 56;    i10-index 124


SELECTED PRIMARY JOURNAL PUBLICATIONS (from >170 with >10,000 citations) 

(IF = journal impact factor):


Deol, A., Fleming, F., Calvo-Urbano, B., Walker, M., Bucumi, V., Gnandou, I., Tukahebwa, E.M., Jemu, S., Mwingira, U.J., Alkohlani, A., Traore, M., SCI, Basáñez, M-G., French, M.D., & Webster, J.P.  Schistosomiasis – assessing progress towards the 2020 and 2025 goals (2019)  New England Journal of Medicine 381 (26) 2519-2528IF 70.67              *With accompanying Editorial

Platt, R.N., McDew-White, M., Le Clec’h, W., Chevalier, D., Allan, F., Emery, A.M., Garba, A., Hamidou, A., Ame, S.M., Webster, J.P., Rollinson, D., Webster, B.L. & T.J.C. Anderson.  (2019). Ancient hybridization and introgression of an invadolysin gene in schistosome parasites. Molecular Biology and Evolution  msz154,      IF 14.80            

Wood, C.L., Sokolow, S., Jones, I., Chamberlin, A., Lafferty, K.D., Kuris, A.M., Jocque, M., Hopkins, S., Adams, G., Schneider, M., Buck, J.C., Lund, A., Vedrenne, A.E.G., Fiorenza, E., Rohr, J., Lambin, E., Allan, F., Webster, B., Rabone, M., Rollinson, D., Webster, J.P., Bandagny, L., Ndione, R., Senghor, S., Jouanard, N., Riveau, G & De Leo, G. (2019)   Precision mapping of snail habitat provides a powerful indicator of human schistosomiasis transmission.  Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS direct submission).  116 (46): 23182-23191 (10 pages)   IF 9.58  

Chevalier, F.D., Le Clec’h, W., McDew-White, M., Menon, M., Guzman, M.A., Holloway, S.P., Cao, X., Taylor, A.B., Kinungi, S., Gouvras, A., Webster, B., Webster, J.P., .. LoVerde, P.T. & Anderson, T.G.C. (2019) Oxamniquine resistance alleles are widespread in Old World Schistosoma mansoni and predate drug deployment. PLoS Pathogens. 15 (10): e1007881 (25 pages).  IF 6.67

Jones, B.P., Norman, B.F., Borret, H.E., Attwood, S.W., Mondal, M.M.H., Walker, A.J., Webster, J.P., Rajapakse, P.R.V.J., & Lawton, S.P. (2019).  Divergence across mitochondrial genomes of sympatric members of the Schistosoma indicum group and clues into the evolution of Schistosoma spindaleScientific Reports (Nature group).   IF 4.259

Mutombo, P.N., Man, N.W.Y., Nejsum, P., Ricketson, R., Gordon, C.A., Robertson, G., Clements, A.C., Chacón-Fonseca, N., Nissapatorn, V., Webster, J.P & McLaws, M. L (2019)  Diagnosis and drug resistance of human soil-transmitted helminth  infections: a public health perspective.  Advances in ParasitologyIF 4.829

Doyle, S.R.,Sankaranarayan, G., Berger, D., Castro,  P.D., Collins, J.B., Crellen, T., Duque, M., Ellis, P., Jaleta, T.G., Laing, R., Maitland, K., McCarthy, C., Moundai, T., Softley, B., Thiele, E., Ouakou, P.T., Tushabe, J.V., Webster, J.P., Weiss, A.J., Lok, J., Devaney, E., Kaplan, R.M., Cotton, J.A., Berriman, M. & Holroyd, N. (2019)  Evaluation of DNA extraction methods on individual helminth egg and larval stages for whole genome sequencing. Frontiers in Genetics, 10 (826) 10.3389/fgene.2019.00826    IF 4.15   

Neves, M.I., Webster, J.P. & Walker, M. (2019). Estimating helminth burdens using sibship reconstruction.  Parasites and Vectors. 12:441        *F1000 Prime Recommended Paper

Lu, D-B, Yao, D., Ding, H., Liang, Y-S., & Webster, J.P.  (2018)  Single-sex schistosome infections of definitive hosts: implications and applications for schistosome transmission and control in a changing world.  PLoS Pathogens.  14 (3): e1006817. https://doi. org/10.1371/journal.ppat.1006817     IF 8.06    

Catalano, S., Sene, M., Diouf, N.D., Fall, C.B., Borlase, A., Leger, E, Ba, K., & Webster, J.P. (2018).  Rodents as natural hosts of zoonotic Schistosoma species and hybrids: an epidemiological and evolutionary perspective from West Africa.  The Journal of Infectious Diseases.  jiy029,   IF 6.273                    *Editors choice and with accompanying editorial

Borlase, A.M., Webster, J.P.*  & Rudge, J.W.* (2018).  Opportunities and challenges for modelling evolving multi-host, multi-parasite transmission dynamics: zoonotic hybrid schistosomiasis in West Africa.  Evolutionary Applications, 11 (4), 501-515.    DOI: 10.1111/eva.12529     IF 5.67

Viana, M., Faust, C.L., Haydon, D., Webster, J.P.* & Lamberton, P.H.L.*. (2018).  The effects of sub-curative doses of praziquantel on life-history traits and trade-offs in drug-resistant Schistosoma mansoni. Evolutionary Applications. 11 (4), 488-500. DOI: 10.1111/eva.12558   *Joint senior author    IF 5.67

Webster, J.P., Borlase, A.M. & Rudge, J.W. (2017). Who acquires infection from whom and how? - disentangling multi-host and multi-mode transmission dynamics in the ‘elimination’ era.  Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society London Series B (Biological Sciences).  372  (1719) 20160091; doi:10.1098/rstb.2016.0091   IF 7.06

Antonovics, J., Wilson, A.J., Forbes, M.R., Hauffe, H.C., Kallio, E.R., Leggett, H.C., Longdon, B., Okamura, B., Sait, S. & Webster, J.P. (2017). The evolution of transmission mode. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society London Series B (Biological Sciences).   372  (1719) 20160083; doi:10.1098/rstb.2016.0083   IF 7.06

Lamberton, P.H.L, Faust, C.L. & Webster, J.P. (2017).   Praziquantel decreases fecundity in Schistosoma mansoni adult worms that survive treatment: evidence from a laboratory life-history trade-offs selection study.  Infectious Diseases of Poverty.  6:110   DOI 10.1186/s40249-017-0324-0  IF 4.11

Crellen, T., Walker, M., Lamberton, P.H.L., Kabetereine, N.B., Tukahebwa, E.J., Cotton, J.A. & Webster, J.P.  (2016).   Reduced efficacy of praziquantel against Schistosoma mansoni associated with multiple-rounds of mass drug administration. Clinical Infectious Diseases.  63 (9) 1151-1159 IF 8.886

Léger, E. Garba, A., Hamidou, A.A., Webster, B.L., Pennance, T., Rollinson, D. & Webster, J.P. (2016).  Introgressed animal schistosomes Schistosoma curassoni and S. bovis naturally infecting humans.    Emerging Infectious Diseases. 22 (12) 2212-2214  DOI:   IF 8.22  

Crellen, T., Allan, F.E., David, S., Durrant, C., Huckvale, T., Holroyd, N., Emery, A., Rollinson, D., Aanensen, D.M., Berriman, M., Webster, J.P. & Cotton, J.A. (2016).  Whole genome resequencing of the human parasite Schistosoma mansoni reveals population history and effects of selection.  Science Reports (Nature group).   6: 20954 DOI: 10.1038/srep20954  Joint senior author.   IF 5.578

Webster, J.P., Gower, C.M., Knowles, S., Molyneux, D.M. & Fenton, A. (2016).  One Health – an Ecological and Evolutionary Framework for tackling Neglected Zoonotic Diseases.   Evolutionary Applications.  9 (2), 313-333.    doi:10.1111/eva.12341   IF 5.67

King, K.C.*, Stelkens, R.B.*, Webster, J.P.*, Smith, D.F. & Brockhurst, M.A. (2015).  Hybridization in parasites: consequences for adaptive evolution, pathogenesis and public health in a changing world.    PLoS Pathogens. 11(9): e1005098, 1-12.   doi:10.1371/journal.ppat.1005098  *Joint first author  IF 8.06  

Knowles S. C. L, Webster B. L., Garba, A., Sacko, M., Dembele, R., Diaw, O.T., Fenwick, A., Rollinson, D & Webster J.P.  (2015). Epidemiological interactions between urogenital and intestinal human schistosomiasis in the context of praziquantel treatment across three West African countries. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases. 9(10): e0004019.  IF 4.890

Lamberton, P.H.L., Crellen, T., Cotton, J.A. & Webster, J.P. (2015).  Modelling the effects of mass drug administration on the molecular epidemiology of schistosomes. Advances in Parasitology. 87, 293–327.  IF 6.226

Webster, J.P., Molyneux, D. & Hotez, P.J. & Fenwick, A. (2014).  The contribution of mass drug administration to global health – past, present and future.  Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society London Series B (Biological Sciences). 369 (1645)  20130434.     IF 7.06     

Lamberton, P.H.L, Kabetereine, N., Ogutu, D., Fenwick, A. & Webster, J.P. (2014). Sensitivity and Specificity of Multiple Kato-Katz thick smears and a Circulating Cathodic Antigen test for Schistosoma mansoni diagnosis Pre- and Post-repeated Praziquantel treatment.  PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases. 8(9): e3139. doi:10.1371/journal.pntd.0003139    IF 4.890             *with journal/web cover photo.  

Rudge, J.W., Webster, J.P., Lu, D-B., Wang, T-P., Fang, G-R., Basanez, M-G. (2013). Identifying host species driving transmission of schistosomiasis japonica, a multi-host parasite system, in China.  PNAS - Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America.  110.  11457-11462.  (Direct submission). PMC3710859    IF 9.809

Webster, B.L., Diaw, O.T., Seye, M.M., Webster, J.P. & Rollinson, D. (2013).  Introgressive hybridization of Schistosoma haematobium group species in Senegal: species barrier break down between ruminant and human schistosomes.   PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases. 7(4): e2110. doi:10.1371  PMCID 23593513  IF 4.890   

Koukounari, A., Donnelly, C.A., Moustaki, I., Tukahebwa, E.M., Kabatereine, N.B., Wilson, S., Webster, J.P., Deelder, A.M., Vennervald, B.J., van Dam, G.J. (2013).  A latent Markov modelling approach to the evaluation of circulating cathodic antigen strips for schistosomiasis diagnosis pre- and post- praziquantel treatment in Uganda. PLoS Computational Biology. 2013 Dec;9(12):e1003402. doi: 10.1371  IF 4.867

Kaushik, M., Lamberton, P.H.L. & Webster, J.P. (2012).  The role of parasites and pathogens in influencing generalised anxiety and predation-related fear in the mammalian central nervous system.  Invited (JPW) for ‘The Neuroendocrine-Immune Axis in Health and Disease’ special volume: Hormones and Behaviour.  62, 191–201. IF 4.516 

Laoprom, N., Sithithaworn, P., Andrews, R.H., Ando, K., Laha, T., Klinbunga, S., Webster, J.P. & Petney, T.N. (2012).  Population genetic structuring in Opisthorchis viverrini over various spatial scales in Thailand and Lao PDR. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases. Nov. 6 (11): e1906.   IF 4.569  

Webster, B.L., Emery, A.M., Webster, J.P., Gouvras, A., Garba, A., et al. (2012)  Genetic diversity within Schistosoma haematobium: DNA barcoding reveals two distinct lineages.  PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases. 6 (10): e1882     doi:10.1371/journal.pntd.0001882  IF 4.569

Prandovszky, E., Gaskell, E., Dubey, J. P., Webster, J. P. & McConkey, G.A. (2011).  The neurotropic parasite Toxoplasma gondii increases dopamine metabolism. PLoS ONE.  6(9): e23866.   * Joint Senior Author    IF 4.411 

Lu, D-B., Wang, T-P., Rudge, J.W., Donnelly, C.A., Fang, G-R. & Webster, J.P.  (2011) Genetic diversity of Schistosoma japonicum within individual rodent hosts. International Journal of Parasitology. 41:1371-1376    IF 4.242   with journal cover photo.

Webster, J.P., Olivera, G., Rollinson, D. & Gower, C.M. (2010).  Schistosome genomes: a wealth of information.  Invited (JPW): Trends in Parasitology.  26 (3), 103-106.  IF 6.2170 

Lu, D-B., Wang, T-P., Rudge, J.W., Donnelly, C.A., Fang, G-R. & Webster, J.P.  (2010)  Transmission of Schistosoma japonicum in marshland and hilly regions of China: parasite population genetic and sibship structure.   PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases. 4:e781.  IF 4.569

French, M., Churcher, T.S., Gambhir, M., Fenwick, A., Webster, J.P., Kabetereine, N., & Basanez, M-G. (2010). Observed Reductions in Schistosoma mansoni Transmission from Large-scale Administration of Praziquantel in Uganda: a Mathematical Modelling Study.  PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases. 4:e897 IF 4.569   

Campbell, G., Noble, L.R., Rollinson, D., Southgate, V.R., Webster, J.P. and Jones, C.S. (2010).  Low genetic diversity in a snail intermediate host (Biomphalaria pfeifferi Krass, 1848) and schistosomiasis transmission in the Senegal River Basin.  Molecular Ecology.  19: 241-256. IF 6.275

Rudge, J.W., Lu, D-B, Feng, G-W, Wang, T-P, Basáñez, M-G & Webster, J.P. (2009).   Parasite genetic differentiation by habitat type and host species: molecular epidemiology of Schistosoma japonicum in hilly and marshland areas of Anhui Province, China.    Molecular Ecology.  18:2134-2147. IF 6.275  

Lu, D-B., Wang, T-P., Rudge, J.W., Donnelly, C.A., Fang, G-R. & Webster, J.P.  (2009)  Evolution in a multi-host parasite?: Chronobiological circadian rhythm and population genetics of Schistosoma japonicum cercariae indicates contrasting definitive host reservoirs by habitat.  International Journal of Parasitology.  39:1581-1588.   IF 4.242

Mupfasoni, D., Koukounari, A., Ruberanziza, E., Kaberuka, T., Kramer, M.H., Mukabayire, O., Kabera, K., Nizeyimana, V., Deville, M-A, Ruxin, J., Webster, J.P. & Fenwick, A. (2009).  Polyparasite helminth infections and their association to anaemia and under-nutrition in Northern Rwanda.  PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases.  (Sept) 3: (9): e517. Joint senior author  IF 4.569  

Webster, J.P.  (2009). Natural history of Host-Parasite Interactions. Advances in Parasitology, 68.  xiii-xviii. IF 6.226

Rudge, J.W., Carabin, H., Balolong, E.Jr., Tallo, V., Shrivastava, J., Lu, D-B, Basáñez, M-G, Olveda, R., McGarvey, S.T., & Webster, J.P. (2008) Population Genetics of Schistosoma japonicum within the Philippines suggest High Levels of Transmission between Humans and Dogs.   PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases. 2(11):e340.   IF 4.569   

Touré, S., Zhang, Y., Bosque-Oliva, E., Ky, C., Ouedraogo, A., Koukounari, A., Gabrielli, A.F., Sellin, B., Webster, J.P.* & Fenwick, A.*  (2008)  Two-year impact of single praziquantel treatment in the national control programme on schistosomiasis by preventive chemotherapy in Burkina Faso.  Bulletin of the World Health Organization.  86, 780-787.    Joint senior author.  IF 5.250       *With accompanying Editorial

Webster, J.P., Gower, C.M. & Norton, A.J. (2008). Application of evolutionary concepts to predicting and evaluating the impact of mass-chemotherapy schistosomiasis control programmes.  Invited for Inaugural Edition of: Evolutionary Applications.  1, 66-83.  IF 5.67

Webster, J.P. (2007).  The impact of Toxoplasma gondii on animal behaviour: playing cat and mouse.  Schizophrenia Bulletin.  33(3):752-756. IF 8.60 

Gower, C.M., Shrivastava, J., Lamberton, P.H.L, Rollinson, D., Emory, A., Webster, B.L., Kabatereine, N.B. & Webster, J.P. (2007). Development and application of an ethical and epidemiologically appropriate assay for the multi-locus microsatellite analysis of Schistosoma mansoni.  Parasitology  134, 4, 523-536.       * Awarded first prize NC3Rs to recognise a piece of published work over the preceding two years that advances, or has the potential to advance, the 3Rs.

Koukounari, A., Gabrielli, A. F., Touré, S., Bosque-Oliva, E., Zhang, Y., Donnelly, C. A., Fenwick, A. & Webster, J. P. (2007) Schistosoma haematobium infection and morbidity before and after large-scale administration of praziquantel in Burkina Faso. The Journal of Infectious Diseases.  196, (5), 659-669.  IF 6.344      *With accompanying Editorial:

Kabatereine, N.B., Brooker, S., Koukounari, A., Kazibwe, F., Tukahebwa, E., Fleming, F. Zhang, Y., Webster, J.P., Stothard, J.R. & Fenwick, A. (2007).  Impact on infection and morbidity of a national helminth control programme in Ugandan schoolchildren.  Bulletin of the World Health Organization. 85 (2) 91-99.  IF 5.250   

Zhang, Y., Koukounari, A., Kabatereine, N., Fleming, F., Kazibwe, F., Tukahebwa, E., Stothard, J.R., Webster, J.P. & Fenwick, A. (2007).  Parasitological impact of two-year preventive chemotherapy on schistosomiasis and soil-transmitted helminthiasis in Uganda.  BMC Medicine. 5: 27 (3 Sept 2007).  IF 6.679     

Golan, R., Gower, C.M., Emory, A.M., Rollinson, D. & Webster, J.P. (2007).  Isolation and characterization of the first polymorphic microsatellite markers for Schistosoma haematobium and their application in multiplex reactions of larval stages. Molecular Ecology Resources.  8: 647-649.   IF 7.432

 Webster, J.P., Lamberton, P.H.L., Donnelly, C.A., Torrey, F. (2006).  Parasites as causative agents of human affective disorders?: The impact of anti-psychotic and anti-protozoan medication on T. gondii’s ability to alter host behaviour.  Proceedings of the Royal Society (London), Series B. 273, 1023–1030.  IF 6.230    

Wang, T-P, Shrivastava, J., Johansen, M.V., Zhang, Z.K. & Webster, J.P. (2006).  Does multiple hosts mean multiple parasites? : Population genetic structure of Schistosoma japonicum between definitive host species.  International Journal for Parasitology, 36, 1317-1325.    IF 4.242   

Mathews, F., Macdonald, D.W., Taylor, M., Gelling, M., Norman, R., Honess, P., Foster, R, Gower, C.M., Varley, S., Harris, A., Palmer, S., Hewinson, G., & Webster, J.P.  (2006).  Bovine tuberculosis (Mycobacterium bovis) in British farmland wildlife: importance to agriculture of species other than badgers.  Proceedings of the Royal Society (London), Series B. 273 (1584), 357-365.   IF 6.230   

Fenwick, A & Webster, J.P. (2006).  Schistosomiasis - challenges for control, treatment and drug resistance.  Invited for: Current Opinion in Infectious Disease, 19, 577-582.  IF 4.870   

Kabatereine, N.B., Tukahebwa, E., Kazibwe, F., Naringwe, H., Brooker, S., Stothard, J.R., Kamenka, C., Wahwell, S., Webster, J.P., Fenwick, A. (2006). Progress towards countrywide control of schistosomiasis and soil-transmitted helminthiasis in Uganda.  Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, 100 (3), 208-215.       * Awarded prize from the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene/Elsevier as ‘Top 10 cited paper of 2006-2008’

Shrivastava, J., Qian, B.Z., McVean, G. & Webster, J.P. (2005).  An insight into the genetic variability of Schistosoma japonicum in mainland China using DNA microsatellite markers.  Molecular Ecology, 14, (3), 839-849.  IF 6.275    

Gower, C.M. & Webster, J.P.  (2005).   Intra-specific competition and the evolution of virulence in a parasitic trematode.  Evolution, 59 (3), 544-553.  IF 4.864    

Webster, J.P., Gower, C.M. & Blair, L. (2004).  Do Hosts and Parasites Coevolve?: empirical support from the Schistosoma system. American Naturalist. 164, 5, S33-51.   IF 4.552    

Gower, C.M. & Webster, J.P.  (2004).   Fitness of indirectly-transmitted parasites: restraint and constraint.  Evolution, 58 (6), 1178-1184.  IF 4.864   

Webster, J.P., Hoffman, J. & Berdoy, M.E.L. (2003).  Parasite resistance and mate choice – battle of the genders in a simultaneous hermaphrodite.  Proceedings of the Royal Society (London), Series B.  270, 1481-1485.  IF 6.230 

Shrivastava, J., Barker, G., Johansen, M.V., Xiaonong, Z., & Webster, J.P.  (2003)  Isolation and characterisation of polymorphic DNA microsatellite markers from Schistosoma japonicum.  Molecular Ecology Notes. 3, 406-408.  Now renamed Molecular Ecology Resources.  IF 7.432 

DeJong, R., Morgan, A.T., Wilson, W.D., Al-Jaser, M.H., Appleton, C.C., Coulibaly, G., Webster, J.P., Zanotti-Magalhaes, E.M., Paraense, W.L., Mkoji, G.M. & Loker, E.M. (2003).  Phylogeography of Biomphalaria glabrata and Biomphalaria pfeifferri, important intermediate hosts of Schistosoma mansoni from the New and Old World Tropics.  Molecular Ecology, 12, 3041-3056.   IF 6.275   

Woolhouse, M.E.J., Webster, J.P., Domingo, E., Charlesworth, B. & Levin, B.R.  (2002)  Biological and biomedical implications of the coevolution of pathogens and their hosts.  Nature Genetics. 32 (4), 569-577.   IF 35.209  

Davies, C.M., Webster, J.P. & Woolhouse, M.E.J. (2001).   Trade-offs in the evolution of virulence in an indirectly-transmitted macroparasite.   Proceedings of the Royal Society (London), Series B. 268, 251-257.  IF 6.230   

Blair, L., Webster, J.P. & Barker, G.C. (2001).  Isolation and characterization of polymorphic microsatellite markers in Schistosoma mansoni from Africa.  Molecular Ecology Notes.  1, 93-95   Renamed Molecular Ecology Resources.  IF 7.432 

Berdoy, M., Webster, J.P. & Macdonald, D.W. (2000) Fatal attraction in Toxoplasma-infected rats: a case of parasite manipulation of its mammalian host.  Proceedings of the Royal Society (London), Series B. 267, 1591-1594  IF 6.230   

Woolhouse, M.E.J & Webster, J.P. (2000).  ‘In Search of the Red Queen'.  Parasitology Today. 16 (12), 506-508.  IF 5.513

Webster, J.P. & Woolhouse, M.E.J. (1999).  Cost of Resistance: relationship between reduced fertility and increased resistance in a Schistosoma host-parasite system.  Proceedings of the Royal Society, (London), Series B.  266, 391-396.  IF 6.230   

Webster, J.P. & Woolhouse, M.E.J. (1998).  Selection and strain specificity of compatibility between snail intermediate hosts and their parasitic schistosomes. Evolution. 52 (6), 1627-1643.  IF 4.864  

Hurtig, A.K, Nicoll, A., Carne, C., Webster, J.P., & Ratcliff, L. (1998). Syphilis in pregnant women and their children in the United Kingdom 1994-1997. British Medical Journal.  317, (7173), 1617-1619.    IF 27.604

Joanne currently lectures, examines and supervises students on a range of undergraduate (e.g. BVetMed, BVetSci) and postgraduate (e.g. MSc One Health) courses within the RVC.  In 2018 Joanne was Nominated and Shortlisted for a Student Academic Choice Award (SACA: Imperial College, London) for ‘Excellence in doctoral research supervision’.

Current and past research students supervised include:

-         Ph.D/ D.Phil. – Sole or Primary Supervisor

Anna Borlase: Modelling the transmission dynamics of novel zoonotic hybrid schistosomes in Africa

Stefano Catalano:  The interplay of wildlife, livestock and humans in African zoonotic-schistosomiasis transmission dynamics * First of the ZELS  AS cohort to complete & awarded Walter and Dorothy Plowright prize.

Thomas Crellen:  Population genomics of Schistosoma mansoni.

Maya Kaushik:  The effect of parasites on host behaviour: epidemiology, evolution and mechanism of action.

Anouk Gouvras:  Inter-specific schistosome interactions and human morbidity in Africa.

Dabing Lu:  Transmission dynamics of Schistosoma japonicum in China.

James Rudge:  Modelling of the transmission dynamics of Asian schistosomes.       

Artemis Koukounari: Evaluating the impact of mass chemotherapy on schistosomiasis in Africa.

Poppy Lamberton: The impact of mass human chemotherapy on the genotype and phenotype of schistosomes in natural foci.

Alice Norton (nee Rafferty): Inter-specific interactions between snails and their trematodes.

Jaya Shrivastava:  Molecular epidemiology of schistosomes.

Lynsey Blair: Snail-schistosome interactions: implications for coevolution and control.

Charlotte M. Gower (nee Davies):   Snail-schistosome interactions and the evolution of virulence.


-         Ph.D/ D.Phil.  students – Co-Supervisor

Greg Miln: Toxoplasma gondii transmission dynamics.

Alice Morell: The impact of parasitism on wildlife behaviour.

Duncan Berger:  Genomics of Schistosoma spp. under contrasting selective pressure.

Cheikh Binetou Fall.  The epidemiology and impact of schistosomiasis in Senegal.

Ines Marie Neves: Modelling the spatial and zoonotic landscape of schistosomiasis in an elimination landscape.

Kirsty Marsh: The causes and consequences of seasonal restructuring in the gut microbiome of wild wood mice (Apodemus sylvaticus)

Louise Vince: Evaluating the ZELS impact.

Arminder Deol: Quantitative approaches to aid the transition from schistosomiasis control to elimination programmes in sub-Saharan Africa: Uganda as a case study.

Alice Easton: Assessing the impact of mass deworming: changes in soil-transmitted helminth burden and the characteristics, co-infections and gut microbiome.

Picha Suwannahitatorn: Epidemiology of Opisthorchiasis in a Rural Community of Thailand

Fiona Fleming:  Cost-Economic evaluation of integrated neglected tropical disease control.

Polydor Ngoy Mutombo: The epidemiology of schistosomiasis and soil-transmitted helminthiasis in Mali and implications for their control.

Michael French: Mathematical modelling of schistosome disease dynamics under MDA.

Eva-Maria King: Immuno-epidemiology of helminth infections.

Stephen Battersby:  Rat infestations, Underground drainage, and Public health.


-         M.Sc./M.Phil./MPH students:

Anhui Lin: Transmission dynamics and morbidity of zoonotic schistosomiasis in Niger.  *awarded Distinction.

Topaz Reid: Dynamics of zoonotic hybrid schistosomiasis in West Africa: the role of the intermediate host.

Sarah Laskowski: Unmasking apparent human urogenital schistosomiasis in Niger: molecular bidirectional introgressive hybridization between human and livestock schistosomes. *awarded Distinction.

Anya Tober: Assessing the seroprevalence of Toxoplasma gondii and oocyst shedding in feral/free ranging domestic cats and wild civets in the Lower Kinabatangan Wildlife Floodplain in Sabah, Borneo. *awarded Merit.

Florian Gehre: Genetic and phenotypic studies of Praziquantel efficacy against Schistosoma mansoni field isolates collected in Tanzania .*awarded prize for Best in Year M.P.H/M.Sc./M.Phil. thesis with Distinction.

Tanya Weber:  Towards barcoding Schistosoma mansoni from Uganda.

Esther Hamblion:  Epidemiology of schistosomiasis in Niger.*awarded Distinction.

Emily Richardson: The impact of Praziquantel on Schistosoma mansoni in Uganda.

Mark Travessos: Impact of parasite dose on host reproductive strategies.*awarded Distinction.

Sonya Gowtage: Diagnosis and Control of Bovine tuberculosis.*awarded Distinction.

Oliver Kruger: Population molecular genetics of the Schistosoma haematobium intermediate host (Bulinus globosus) snails* awarded prize for Best in Year M.Sc. thesis with Distinction.

Joseph Hoffman: Population molecular genetics of the Schistosoma mansoni intermediate host (Biomphalaria pfeifferi) snails.*awarded Merit.


-         B.Sc/B.A./B.Vet.Med/RP2/STEM  student research projects:

Harry Peters: The impact of Toxoplasma gondii on wild fox (Vulpes vulpes) behaviour *awarded 1st class project

Ryan Macdonald: Epidemiology of hybrid schistosomiasis in Senegal

Hiruni Jayasekera: Exploring transmission of Schistosoma spp. cercariae in Senegal (STEM)  *awarded UW 4.0/4.0 GPA.

Theodore Bean: The Toxoplasma model of human schizophrenia: do wild foxes with natural infections represent a model system?

Chelsea Fujimoto: Detection of circovirus in UK wild red foxes (Vulpes vulpes) displaying clinical neurological disease associated with non-suppurative meningoencephalitis. *awarded Distinction

Lucy Rupkus:  Evaluating the impact of MDA on Schistosoma species by analyzing samples pre- and post- praziquantel treatment in West Africa. *awarded 1st class project

Amelia Symeou: The parasitological repertoire of wild rodents of West Africa.

George A.W. Smith: Evaluating an association between road traffic incidents and Toxoplasma gondii seroprevalence in domestic cats.  *awarded 1st class project and ** selected for scholarship by the Morris Foundation Petsavers award, and project selected as ‘exemplary’ with Prize to present the research at the Morris Animal Foundation Scientific Advisory Board Meeting in Denver, Colorado, USA

Emma Randall:  Strain differences in Toxoplasma gondii’s impact on host behaviour. *awarded 1st class project

Sarah Hogan: The impact of Praziquantel on Schistosoma mansoni.  *awarded 1st class project and ** awarded Best in Year Finals project Prize.

Louisa Richards: Behavioural repertoire of Schistosoma spp. and the impact of competition. *awarded 1st class project

Daniel Plimmer: Impact of Toxoplasma gondii on learning and memory in rats. *awarded 1st class project  and *awarded Best in Year Finals project Prize

Helen Wakeford: molecular coevolution and implications for genetic control of schistosomiasis. *awarded 1st class project

Poppy Lamberton: An evaluation of the cercaricidal properties of Kanuka oil and tea tree oil. *awarded 1st class project  and **awarded Best in Year Finals project Prize.

Alice Raffety: Relationship between behaviour and transmission success in Schistosoma larvae. *awarded 1st class project

Robert Murrey-Leach: Ecological perspectives on the distribution of schistosomiasis *awarded 1st class project

Sonya Gowtage:  The impact of parasite-manipulation of host behaviour on predation *awarded 1st class project

Simon Middleton: Gastrointestinal parasites of domestic horses. *awarded 1st class project

John Williams:  Molluscicide properties of tea-tree oil’ *awarded 1st class project  and ** awarded Best in Year Finals  project Prize.

Eleanor Fairbrother:  Mixed genotype infections and the evolution of schistosome virulence. *awarded 1st class project

James Duncan: Mate choice between resistant and susceptible snails.

Karen Williams:  Effect of Toxoplasma gondii on rat anti-predator behaviour.

Elizabeth Cole: Effect of Toxoplasma gondii on rat social behaviour. *awarded 1st class project

* = all awarded First class for projects.


Public Understanding of Science.


Prof Joanne Webster has appeared on numerous science based documentaries, media and news presentations such as:


‘Zoonotic parasites, and underappreciated Area’ for the Infectious Disease Hub (September 2018)

 ‘The Nature of Things’; a major natural history documentary featuring my research and myself,  hosted by David Suzuki    (Producer David Wells)  - footage online:;

 ‘Infested with Michael Mosely’ (BBC 4 Feb 2014 & March 2015);!_Living_with_Parasites/;;  

‘A mind altering microbe’ ;

BBC Radio 4 ‘Case Notes’ (2010:;

Danish TV (2010: Viden Om - Parasitter på hjernen;;

BBC Radio 4 (April-May 2011);

BBC Radio 4 World Service News and Current Affairs/News Hour (Feb 2012); Tommy Schnumrmacher Show, Montreal Canada (February 2012); (September 2012); Irish National Radio (November 2013);  BBC World Service (2006); BBC Naked Scientists (May, 2006); BBC Radio Cambridge (2003).; Central TV/ITV (2003); The Late Show (2003); BBC Radio Scotland (2003); The Richard & Judy show (2003); Diverse TV (2003); BBC Radio 3 Case Notes (2003); BBC productions ‘Body Snatchers’ (2003);  BBC 3 Counties Radio (2002 & 2003); Radio Oxford (2002); the Today Programme (July 2000 & October 2002); BBC news (August 2000, 2001 & October 2002);  BBC Radio 4 ‘Parasites’  (2001 & 2002); Channel 4 Education: Science in Focus (1998);  World in Action (1997); Nautilus films First Edition ‘losing the rat race’ (1997); Good Morning (1996).


Likewise her research has been featured in scientific journal articles such as:


Science (2000; 289, (5479), 525-527; Science (2006, 12th October); Nature (2000; 406, 840-841); New Scientist (2015, 30th May, 42-45;  New Scientist (2002, 26th October, 40-43); New Scientist (2004; 184 (2472), 6th November,40-44; New Scientist 18th Jan 2006 online ‘breaking news’); New Scientist 19th Jan 2006;  Scientific American (2003, 288 (3), 70-73); Der Speigel (2000; 32, 181);  Bulletin of the World Health Organization.  (2008, 86, 10); The Journal of Infectious Diseases (2007, 196, 5); Professional Pest Controller (2001; 25, 14-15); Futures (2001, 4, 22-23); International Pest Controller (2001; 43, 165-167); Your  Cat (2003, October); WellcomeScience journal (2006, (March) 2, 7); Science Now (26/6/2000; 12/10/2006);  Microbiologist (June 2010);  National Geographic (28/10/2010); Edge (14, 4, 2009); The Economist (Jun 3rd 2010;; Eos (Oct. 2010); The Atlantic (March 2012); Science News (Jan. 26th,  2013); The Scorpion and the Frog blog ( (October 2014);  Der Killerwurm (in German); Suddeutsche Zeitung Nr. 280, Samstag/Sonntag, ¾. (December 2016);


And newspaper articles such as: (Feb. 18th 2016); (Feb. 19th 2016); (Feb. 19th 2016);  DerStandard (6th November 2015); World Food News (28th October 2015);   The Daily Mail (26th October 2015);   Medical Daisy (8th June 2015);   The Independent (September 4th 2012) – first four pages including the front cover -;  Toronto Star (Feb 2012); Tyden, Czeck News (March, 2012); Radio Times  (April 2011); New York Times (August 17th 2011);  New York Times (9/12/2007; 17/08/2011); The Guardian; Independent; Telegraph (e.g. 24/06/1999; 18/01/2003; 18/01/2006), Sunday Telegraph, Times (e.g. July 26, 2000, p12), Sunday Times (1997; 2000; 21st  September, 2003; April 2011); Daily Mail (21st  September, 2003); Express (21st  September, 2003); London Metro (21st  September, 2003); The Guardian (25th September, 2003);


And books such as:


How to Make a Zombie: the real life (and death) science of reanimation and mind control.  Frank Swain.  2013.  OneWorld Publications.


Parasite Rex, Carl Zimmer;  


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