Dr. Katherine Battle

Director of Malaria Mapping for Elimination


Katherine’s first degree was in Biology and Secondary Education and she completed her MSc in Control of Infectious Diseases at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 2009 where her research focus was on malaria entomology. Following field work in Kenya, she joined MAP in 2010 and worked on the first steps to developing a global atlas of infectious disease. Katherine's interests lie in the application of epidemiology and geographic information systems to questions that are essential to the control of malaria and other infectious diseases.

In 2015 Katherine completed her DPhil, which investigated the global burden of Plasmodium vivax malaria. She analysed the spatial variation in P. vivax relapse rates and the association between prevalence and incidence to generate estimates of clinical burden of this disease.

Since completing her DPhil, Katherine was appointed as a Postdoctoral Researcher with MAP. Katherine provides technical support in risk mapping to the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), which supports national malaria control programs to accelerate efforts to reduce malaria transmission towards elimination, to improve spatial decision making in elimination settings.

Selected Biography

URLDOIBattle KE., Lucas TCD., Nguyen M., Howes RE., Nandi A., Twohig, KA., Pfeffer, DA., Cameron E., Rao PC., Casey D., Gibson HS., Rozier JA., Dalrymple U., Keddie SH., Collins EL., Harris JR., Guerra CA., Thorn MP., Bisanzio D., Fullman N., Huynh CK., Kulikoff X., Kutz MJ., Lopez AD., Mokdad AH., Naghavi N., Nguyen G., Shackelford KA., Vos T., Wang H., Lim SS., Murray CJL., Price RN., Baird JK., Smith DL., Bhatt S., Weiss DJ., Hay SI., Gething PW.,

Mapping the global endemicity and clinical burden of Plasmodium vivax, 2000–17: a spatial and temporal modelling study

The Lancet. June 2019
URLDOIWeiss DJ., Lucas TCD., Nguyen M., Nandi AK., Bisanzio D., Battle KE., Cameron E., Twohig, KA., Pfeffer, DA., Rozier JA., Gibson HS., Rao PC., Casey D., Bertozzi-Villa A., Collins EL., Dalrymple U., Gray N., Harris JR., Howes RE., Kang SY., Keddie SH., May D., Rumisha S., Thorn MP., Barber R., Fullman N., Huynh CK., Kulikoff X., Kutz MJ., Lopez AD., Mokdad AH., Naghavi N., Nguyen G., Shackelford KA., Vos T., Wang H., Smith DL., Lim SS., Murray CJL., Bhatt S., Hay SI., Gething PW.,

Mapping the global prevalence, incidence, and mortality of Plasmodium falciparum, 2000–17: a spatial and temporal modelling study

Lancet. June 2019
URLDOIBaird JK., Battle KE., Howes RE.,

Primaquine ineligibility in anti-relapse therapy of Plasmodium vivax malaria: the problem of G6PD deficiency and cytochrome P-450 2D6 polymorphisms

Malaria Journal. January 2018 17 42.
URLDOIKang SY., Battle KE., Gibson HS., Ratsimbasoa A., Randrianarivelojosia, M, Ramboarina S., Zimmerman PA., Weiss DJ., Cameron E., Gething PW., Howes RE.,

Spatio-temporal mapping of Madagascar’s Malaria Indicator Survey results to assess Plasmodium falciparum endemicity trends between 2011 and 2016

BMC Medicine. May 2018 16 71.
URLDOIGething PW., Casey DC., Weiss DJ., Bisanzio D., Bhatt S., Cameron E., Battle KE., Dalrymple U., Rozier J., Rao PC., et al,

Mapping Plasmodium falciparum mortality in Africa between 1990 and 2015

New England Journal of Medicine. December 2016 375 2435-2445.
URLDOIBattle KE., Bisanzio D., Gibson HS., Bhatt S., Cameron E., Weiss DJ., Mappin B., Dalrymple U., Howes RE., Hay SI., et al,

Treatment-seeking rates in malaria endemic countries

Malaria Journal. January 2016 15 20.
URLDOIHowes RE., Battle KE., Mendis KN., Smith DL., Cibulskis RE., Baird JK., Hay SI.,

Global epidemiology of Plasmodium vivax

The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. December 2016 95(6): 15-34.
URLDOIBhatt S., Weiss DJ., Cameron E., Bisanzio D., Mappin B., Dalrymple U., Battle K., Moyes CL., Henry A., Eckhoff PA., Wenger EA., Briët O., Penny MA., Smith TA., Bennett A., Yukich J., Eisele TP., Griffin JT., Fergus CA., Lynch M., Lindgren F., Cohen JM., Murray CLJ., Smith DL., Hay SI., Cibulskis RE., Gething PW.,

The effect of malaria control on Plasmodium falciparum in africa between 2000 and 2015

Nature. October 2015 526(7572): 207-211.
URLDOIPigott DM., Howes RE., Wiebe A., Battle KE., Golding N., Gething PW., Dowell SF., Farag TH., Garcia AJ., Kimball AM., et al,

Prioritising infectious disease mapping

PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases. June 2015 9(6): e0003756.
URLDOIHowes RE., Reiner Jr. RC., Battle KE., Longbottom J., Mappin B., Ordanovich D., Tatem AJ., Drakeley C., Gething PW., Zimmerman PA., et al,

Plasmodium vivax transmission in Africa

PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases. November 2015 9(11): e0004222.
DOIBattle KE., Cameron E., Guerra CA., Golding N., Duda KA., Howes RE., Elyazar IRF., Price RN., Baird JK., Reiner RC., et al,

Defining the relationship between Plasmodium vivax parasite rate and clinical disease

Malaria Journal. May 2015 14 191.
URLDOIBattle KE., Karhunen MS., Bhatt S., Gething PW., Howes RE., Golding N., Van Boeckel TP., Messina JP., Shanks GD., Smith DL., et al,

Geographical variation in Plasmodium vivax relapse

Malaria Journal. 2014 13 144.
URLDOIGething PW., Battle KE., Bhatt S., Smith DL., Eisele TP., Cibulskis RE., Hay SI.,

Declining malaria in Africa: improving the measurement of progress

Malaria Journal. January 2014 13 39.
URLDOIHay SI., Battle KE., Pigott DM., Smith DL., Moyes CL., Bhatt S., Brownstein JS., Collier N., Myers MF., George DB., et al,

Global mapping of infectious disease

Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. March 2013 368(1614):
URLDOIHowes RE., Battle KE., Satyagraha AW., Baird JK., Hay SI.,

G6PD deficiency: global distribution, genetic variants and primaquine therapy

Advances in Parasitology. 2013 81 133-201.
URLDOIHowes RE., Dewi M., Piel FB., Monteiro WM., Battle KE., Messina JP., Sakuntabhai A., Satyagraha AW., Williams TN., Baird JK., et al,

Spatial distribution of G6PD deficiency variants across malaria-endemic regions

Malaria Journal. November 2013 12 418.
URLDOIBattle KE., Gething PW., Elyazar IRF., Moyes CL., Sinka ME., Howes RE., Guerra CA., Price RN., Baird KJ., Hay SI.,

The global public health significance of Plasmodium vivax

Advances in Parasitology. 2012 80 1-111.
URLDOIGething PW., Elyazar IRF., Moyes CL., Smith DL., Battle KE., Guerra CA., Patil AP., Tatem AJ., Howes RE., Myers MF., et al,

A long neglected world malaria map: Plasmodium vivax endemicity in 2010

PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases. September 2012 6(9): e1814.
URLDOIHowes RE., Piel FB., Patil AP., Nyangiri OA., Gething PW., Dewi M., Hogg MM., Battle KE., Padilla CD., Baird JK., et al,

G6PD deficiency prevalence and estimates of affected populations in malaria endemic countries: a geostatistical model-based map

PLoS Medicine. November 2012 9(11): e1001339.
URLDavid L Smith., Katherine E Battle., Simon I Hay., Christopher M Barker., Thomas W Scott., E Ellis McKenzie.,

Ross, Macdonald, and a theory for the dynamics and control of mosquito-transmitted pathogens

. 2012