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 holds an Honorary Professorship at Imperial College London’s Faculty of Medicine.  She heads  the WHO working group for Praziquantel Resistance and is on the Executive/Management Boards of the Schistosomiasis Control Initiative (SCI) and the London International Development Centre (LIDC).

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 Parasitic Disease Epidemiology 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.   These activities have 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 to date (2003-2014).     

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

Professor Joanne Webster’s research activities have been awarded a number of high profile Prizes and Medals (e.g. The Chalmers Memorial Medal  in 2013,  presented by the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene to recognise outstanding contribution to Tropical Medicine; A  Royal Society of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine/Elsevier Citation Prize in 2009; The Queen’s Anniversary Prize and Medal in  2008 for Higher and Further Education for our SCI programme controlling neglected tropical diseases in Africa, presented by HRH Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip at Buckingham Palace; The National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of animals in research (NC3Rs) Prize in 2007 to recognise a piece of published work  that advances the 3Rs; and The CA Wright Medal in 2005, presented by the British Society of Parasitology ‘to recognise outstanding contribution to the discipline of parasitology.

Joanne is currently on the Editorial board of four 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.

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

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

H-index = 48;    i10-index 114


SELECTED PRIMARY JOURNAL PUBLICATIONS (from >140) include (IF = journal impact factor):


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  IF 7.055


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;  IF 7.055


Leger, E. & Webster, J.P. (2017).  Schistosoma spp. hybridizations: implications for evolution, epidemiology and control.  Parasitology, 144 (1), 65-80  


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.  doi:10.1093/cid/ciw506    IF 8.886


Leger, 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    IF 6.99  


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    IF 5.578

* Altmetrics N=105 -  placed ‘in the top 2% of all articles published ranked by attention’. Article is in the 98th percentile compared to articles of the same age


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.    IF 4.572


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.   * 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

* Altmetrics N=40 placed this ‘in the top 5% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric, amongst the highest scoring outputs from this source


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., Lamberton, P.H.L., & McConkey, G.A.  (2015). The Toxoplasma gondii model for schizophrenia.  Handbook of Behavioral Neuroscience Series.  Modelling the psychopathological dimensions of schizophrenia and related psychoses: from molecules to behavior.  Mikhail Pletnikov and John Waddington (Eds).  Elsevier.


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 7.055     


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.    IF 4.890 

*with journal/web cover photo.


Kaushik, M., Knowles, S.C.L. & Webster, J.P. (2014). What makes a feline fatal in Toxoplasma gondii’s Fatal Feline Attraction? infected rats choose wild cats. Invited (JPW): Integrative and Comparative Biology.  54(2):118-128  

Altmetrics = 45, Article is the second highest ever scored in this journal (ranked #2).  High score compared to articles of the same age and source (97th percentile)


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).      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. IF 4.890   


Webster, J.P., Kaushik, M., Bristow, G.C. & McConkey, G.A. (2013).  Toxoplasma gondii infection, from predation to schizophrenia: can animal behaviour help us understand human behaviour?  ‘Neural Parasitology’ Journal of Experimental Biology. 216, 99-112  > 50 citations

* Altmetrics N=124 placed this ‘in the top 5% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric, amongst the highest scoring outputs from this source (ranked #30 out of >3240), and in the 99th percentile compared to articles of the same age and source.


Adamo, S. & Webster, J.P., (2013).  Neural Parasitology: how parasites alter host behaviour.  Journal of Experimental Biology. 216, 1-2   

* was ranked No. 1 most read article on JEB website.  * Altmetrics N=45 places this ‘in the top 5% of all articles published ranked by attention; and in the 97th percentile compared to articles of the same age.     


McConkey, G.A., Gaskell, E., Bristow, G.C. & Webster, J.P., (2013). Toxoplasma gondii  brain infection and behaviour: location, location, location?  Journal of Experimental Biology. 216, 113-119.   > 50 citations

* Altmetrics N=87 placed this ‘in the top 5% of all articles published ranked by attention’ and in the ‘96th percentile compared to articles of the same age’.


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.    IF 4.867


Mideo, N., Acosta-Serrano, A., Aebischer, T., Brown, M.J.F., Fenton, A., Friman, V-P., Restif, O., Reece, S.E., Webster, J.P. & Brown, S.P. (2013).  Life in cells, hosts, and vectors: parasite evolution across scales.  Infection, Genetics and Evolution. 13, 344-347.

* Altmetrics is amongst the highest ever scored in this journal (ranked #5); and in the 90th pecentile compared to articles of the same age.


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     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.  IF 4.411           > 200 citations 

* Altmetrics N=65 places this ‘in the top 5% of all articles published ranked by attention’; and in the 98th percentile compared to articles of the same age.


Lu, D-B., Wang, T-P., Rudge, J.W., Donnelly, C.A., Fang, G-R. & Webster, J.P.  (2011)  Genetic diversity of Schistosoma japonicum miracidia 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.   Trends in Parasitology.  26 (3), 103-106.  IF 6.2170 


Norton, A.J, Gower, C.M., Lamberton, P.H.L., Webster, B. Lwambo, N.J., Blair, L., Fenwick, A. & Webster, J.P. (2010). Genetic Consequences of Mass Human Chemotherapy for Schistosoma mansoni: population structure pre- and post- praziquantel treatment in Tanzania.  American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. 83:951-957   > 50 citations


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   > 50 citations


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


Webster, J.P. and McConkey, G.A. (2010).  Toxoplasma gondii-altered host behaviour: clues as to mechanism of action.  Invited (JPW) for: Folia Parasitologica.  57 [2]: 95–104.   > 75 citations


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


Fenwick., A., Webster, J.P., Bosque-Oliva, E., Blair, L., Fleming, F.M., Zhang, Y., Garba, A., Stothard, J.R., Gabrielli, A.F., Clements, A.C.A., Kabatereine, N.B., Toure, S., Dembele, R., Nyandindi, U., Mwansa, J. &  Koukounari, A. (2009).  The Schistosomiasis Control Initiative (SCI): rational, development and implementation from 2002-2008.  Parasitology. 136: 1719-1730.   > 200 citations


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.  IF 4.569 


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


Webster, J.P. & McConkey, G.A. (2009).   The effect of Toxoplasma gondii on host behaviour: studies on mechanism of action using psychotropics, anti-parasite medication and parasite genes.   European Neuropsychopharmacology. 19: S179-S179.   IF 4.595


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   > 50 citations

*With accompanying Editorial: Taylor, M. (2008). Global Trends in Schistosomiasis Control. Bulletin of the World Health Organization.  86, 10.  IF 5.250  


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 4.572  


Lamberton, P.H.L., Donnelly, C.A. & Webster, J.P. (2008).  Specificity of the Toxoplasma gondii-altered behaviour to definitive versus non-definitive host predation risk.  Parasitology.  135, (10), 1143-1150.   > 50 citations


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    > 150 citations


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.    > 50 citations

* 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) Urinary schistosomiasis 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     > 75 citations

*With accompanying Editorial: King, C.H. (2007). Lifting the burden of schistosomiasis—defining elements of infection-associated disease and the benefits of antiparasite treatment.  The Journal of Infectious Diseases.  196, (5), 4pp  IF 6.344     


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   > 100 citations


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     > 75 citations


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    > 200 citations 


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   > 50 citations


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   > 50 citations


Fenwick, A & Webster, J.P. (2006).  Schistosomiasis - challenges for control, treatment and drug resistance.  Current Opinion in Infectious Disease, 19, 577-582.  IF 4.870   > 175 citations 


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.   > 75 citations

* Awarded prize from the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene/Elsevier as ‘Top 10 cited paper of 2006-2008’


Koukounari, A., Fenwick, A., Whawell, S., Kabatereine, N., Kazibwe, F., Tukahebwa, E., Stothard, R., Donnelly, C.A. & Webster, J.P. (2006).  Morbidity indicators of Schistosoma mansoni: relationship between infection and anaemia in Ugandan schoolchildren before and after praziquantel and albendazole chemotherapy.  American Journal of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene, 75 (2) 278-286.   > 50 citations


Clements, A.C.A., Lwambo, N., Blair, L., Kaatano, Webster, J.P., Fenwick, A., Brooker, S. (2006).  Bayesian spatial analysis and disease mapping: tools to enhance planning and implementation of a schistosomiasis control programme in Tanzania.  Tropical Medicine and International Health, 11 (4), 490-503.  > 150 citations   


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     > 75 citations


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     > 50 citations


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      > 50 citations


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 japonicumMolecular 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   > 525 citations


Davies, C.M., Fairbrother, E. & Webster, J.P.  (2002).   Mixed strain schistosome infections of snails and the evolution of virulence.   Parasitology, 124, 31-38.   > 75 citations


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    > 75 citations


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 


Webster, J.P.  (2001). Rats, Cats, People and Parasites: the impact of latent toxoplasmosis on behaviour.  Microbes and Infection.  3 (12), 1037-1045.   > 150 citations


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     > 425 citations. 

* Altmetrics N=122 places this ‘in the top 5% of all articles published ranked by attention’, ‘one of the highest Altemetrics score ever for this journal (ranked #4)’  and in the ‘99th percentile compared to articles of the same age’.


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    > 150 citations. 


Davies, C.M., Webster, J.P., Kruger, O, Munatsi, A., Ndamba, J. & Woolhouse, M.E.J. (1999).  Host-parasite population genetics:  a cross-sectional comparison of Bulinus globosus and Schistosoma haematobiumParasitology, 119, 295-302.    > 50 citations


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         > 75 citations


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 17.215        > 75 citations


Webster, J.P. & Macdonald, D.W. (1995).  Survey of the parasites and pathogens carried by wild brown rats, Rattus norvegicus, on UK farmsteads.  Parasitology.  111, 247-255.   > 125 citations


Berdoy, M., Webster, J.P., & Macdonald, D.W. (1995).  Parasite-altered behaviour: is the effect of Toxoplasma gondii on behaviour in Rattus norvegicus specific? Parasitology, 111, 403-409. > 100 citations


Webster, J.P., Lloyd, G., Macdonald, D.W. (1995).  Q-fever (Coxiella burnetti) reservoir in wild brown rat (Rattus norvegicus) populations in the UK.  Parasitology, 110, 31-35.   > 50 citations


Webster, J.P. & Macdonald, D.W. (1995).  Cryptosporidium parvum reservoir in wild brown rats, Rattus norvegicus, on UK farms: first report in UK.  Epidemiology and Infection.  115, 207-209    > 50 citations


Webster, J.P., Brunton, C.F.A., Macdonald, D.W. (1994).  Effect of Toxoplasma gondii upon neophobic behaviour in wild brown rats, Rattus norvegicusParasitology 109, 37-43.    > 150 citations


Webster, J.P. (1994).  Prevalence and transmission of Toxoplasma gondii in wild brown rats, Rattus norvegicus.  Parasitology, 108, 407-411  > 75 citations


Webster, J.P., Ellis, W.A., Macdonald, D.W. (1994).  Prevalence of Leptospira in wild brown rats (Rattus norvegicus) on UK farmsteads.  Epidemiology and Infection, 113, 195-203.   > 50 citations


Webster, J.P. (1994).  The effect of Toxoplasma gondii and other parasites on activity levels in wild and hybrid Rattus norvegicusParasitology, 110, 583-589.   > 100 citations


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.

Current and past graduate students supervised include:


  • D.Phil. / Ph.D.  students – Sole or Primary Supervisor

2017-(Lido)          Jonathan Brenton: The role of Toxoplasma gondii in wild fox morbidity.

2015- (2019)        Stefano Catalano:  The interplay of wildlife, livestock and humans in African zoonotic-schistosomiasis transmission dynamics

2015- (2019)        Anna Borlase: Modelling the transmission dynamics of novel zoonotic hybrid schistosomes in Africa

2013- 2017          Thomas Crellen:  Population genomics of Schistosoma mansoni.

2009- 2013          Maya Kaushik:  The effect of parasites on host behaviour: studies on epidemiology, evolution and mechanism of action..

2007- 2010           Anouk Gouvras:  Inter-specific schistosome interactions and human morbidity in Africa.

2006- 2009           Dabing Lu:  Transmission dynamics of Schistosoma japonicum in China.

2005- 2008           James Rudge:  Modelling of the transmission dynamics of Asian schistosomes.       

2005- 2008 pt       Artemis Koukounari: Evaluating the impact of mass chemotherapy on schistosomiasis in Africa.

2003- 2007           Poppy Lamberton: The impact of mass human chemotherapy on the genotype and phenotype of schistosomes in natural foci.

2002 - 2006          Alice Norton (nee Rafferty): Inter-specific interactions between snails and their trematodes.

2001 - 2004          Jaya Shrivastava:  Molecular epidemiology of schistosomes.

1999 - 2003          Lynsey Blair: Snail-schistosome interactions: implications for coevolution and control.

1996 - 1999          Charlotte M. Gower (nee Davies):   Snail-schistosome interactions and the evolution of virulence.


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


2016- (2020)       Kirsty Marsh: Small rodent microbiome.

2016- (2020)       Louise Vince: Evaluating the ZELS impact.

2015- (2019)ex/pt Arminder Deol: Modelling the transmission dynamics of schistosomiasis under MDA

2014- (2018) ex    Billie Norman:  Molecular mechanisms of praziquantel resistance.

2013- 2017           Alice Easton: Assessing the impact of mass deworming: changes in soil-transmitted helminth burden and the characteristics, co-infections and gut microbiome.

2012- 2015           Picha Suwannahitatorn: Epidemiology of Opisthorchiasis in a Rural Community of Thailand

2008 - 2012 pt      Fiona Fleming:  Cost-Economic evaluation of integrated neglected tropical disease control.

2008- 2012 ex       Polydor Ngoy Mutombo: The epidemiology of schistosomiasis and soil-transmitted helminthiasis in Mali

2007- 2011 pt        Michael French: Mathematical modelling of schistosome disease dynamics under MDA.

2000 - 2002          Eva-Maria King: Immuno-epidemiology of helminth infections.

1999-2002 pt/ex    Stephen Battersby:  Rat infestations, Underground drainage, and Public health.

                (pt = part time; ex = externally supervised/co-supervised)


  • M.Sc./M.Phil./MPH  students:


2017                       Anya Tober: The role of cats and civets in Toxoplasma gondii transmission in Borneo.

2017                       Sarah Laskowski: Drug efficacy of praziquantel in novel zoonotic hybrid infections of West Africa.

2010                       Florian Gehre: Genetic and phenotypic studies of Praziquantel efficacy against Schistosoma mansoni field isolates collected in Tanzania .*awarded prize for best 2010 M.P.H/M.Sc./M.Phil. thesis with distinction.

2006                       Tanya Weber:  Towards barcoding Schistsosoma mansoni from Uganda.

2005                       Esther Hamblion:  Epidemiology of schistosomiasis in Niger.*awarded distinction.

2004                       Emily Richardson (LSTMH): The impact of Praziquantel on Schistosoma mansoni in Uganda.

2003                       Mark Travessos: Impact of parasite dose on host reproductive strategies.*awarded distinction.

2000                       Sonya Gowtage: Diagnosis and Control of Bovine tuberculosis.*awarded distinction.

1997                       Oliver Kruger: Population molecular genetics of the Schistosoma haematobium intermediate host (Bulinus globosus) snails* awarded 1997 Best M.Sc. thesis with distinction.

1996                       Joseph Hoffman: Population molecular genetics of the Schistosoma mansoni intermediate host (Biomphalaria pfeifferi) snails.*awarded merit.




Public Understanding of Science.


2013                       Cheltenham Science Festival. Key public lecture presentations on Parasites.

2010-current         Careers advice panel member: Oxford University Medics Global Health.

2006-current         Careers advice panel member and presentations: Oxford High School, and Magdalen School. Oxford.

2004                       Participant in the First UK-US Frontiers of Science Symposium, organised by the Royal Society and the US National Academy of Sciences (US NAS).  19th-21st June, Cambridge, UK.

2004                       Lecturing and discussions to a series of 300+ sixth- form state school students considering applying to Oxford University and/or following a career in science. Oxford University Natural History Museum.

2004                       Presenting research on disease control to a series of pre-prep. Oxford High School students.

2003                      British Council/Royal Society Networking meeting within India incorporated meetings and discussions with school children and university students contemplating study within the UK.

2002                      Women in Science Program: Distinguished Visiting Scholar.  University of Indiana: Presentation of a series of lectures and discussions to young women thinking of entering science as a career.


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


 ‘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/;;   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 Joanne's 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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