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Fabien Reitzug

Fabien Reitzug

Fabien Reitzug


DPhil Student

I am a DPhil student supervised by Goylette Chami (NDPH) and Renaud Lambiotte (Mathematics). I am part of the Chami Group at the Big Data Institute (BDI) in the Nuffield Department of Population Health (NDPH). 

My DPhil focuses on schistosomiasis in Uganda. Globally, over 230 million people are infected with this debilitating disease caused by water-borne parasitic worms. Schistosomiasis primarily affects poor rural populations without access to safe water or adequate sanitation. Local risk is highly variable on small spatial scales and across otherwise similar communities which has been a formidable obstacle to understanding and interrupting disease transmission. 

Our project “SchistoTrack” addresses this knowledge gap by collecting granular human mobility data using wearable GPS loggers. The high resolution and large scale of this data (over 100 million GPS points) enable us to study the complex social-environmental dynamics which influence local risk. More precise estimates of individual-level exposure and their association with infection risk contribute to the epidemiology of schistosomiasis and may provide insights for future intervention strategies and improved targeting of treatments to the most vulnerable groups. 

Prior to starting the DPhil, I was a consultant at the World Bank Group in Senegal where I focused on Data Science and Applied Research. I completed an MSc in Evidence-Based Social Intervention and Policy Evaluation at the University of Oxford and hold a BA in Social Science from Sciences-Po Paris. My DPhil is supported by the NDPH departmental scholarship.