Rachel Lowe is an Associate Professor and the Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellow based at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Her research involves understanding how environmental and socio-economic factors interact to determine the risk of disease transmission. She leads a group of researchers working between the Centre for Mathematical Modelling of Infectious Diseases and the Centre on Climate Change & Planetary 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. Alongside her PhD, she was a Network Facilitator for the Leverhulme Trust funded project EUROBRISA: a EURO-BRazilian Initiative for improving South American seasonal forecasts. During the project, she collaborated with climate scientists and public health experts in Brazil, which resulted in her continuing participation in the Brazilian Climate and Health Observatory.
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, she was a Postdoctoral Scientist and Head of Climate Services for Health at the Catalan Institute for Climate Sciences (IC3) in Barcelona, Spain. She has worked with the World Health Organization as a temporary advisor on developing decision-making tools for climate and health in Europe. She is a visiting scholar at the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal).