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Professor Claire Heffernan


Claire is a veterinarian with training in the social sciences. She joined LIDC from the School of Veterinary Sciences at the University of Bristol where as Head of Infection and Immunity she initiated the Risk and Resilience Hub which explores four inter-linked critical global challenges: climate change and health, antimicrobial resistance, sustainable food systems and disease emergence.

Claire has extensive experience of inter-disciplinary research grounded in the challenges faced by poorer communities. For example, in 2000, she founded the Livestock Development Group (LDG) at the School of Agriculture, Policy and Development at the University of Reading. This was in response to the need for a meta-disciplinary approach to the problems faced by the global poor.

 Claire joined LIDC in June 2017.

Gek Kwan-Lim

Programme Developer

After her PhD in Molecular Parasitology at Imperial College, Gek continued her post-doctoral study in Immunology at the National Institute for Medical Research.  She joined the International Department of the Wellcome Trust and worked within the Trust for eight years, handling a variety of grants, including international fellowships for developing countries and collaborative grants between developing countries and the UK/Australia/New Zealand.  She moved on to manage and coordinate a National Cancer Research Institute’s multi-disciplinary research collaborative initiative for Supportive and Palliative Care at Marie Curie Cancer Care before taking up another role at the Institute of Cancer Research  managing a magnetic resonance imaging for breast screening study.

Gek joined LIDC in June 2013.

Contact for research inquiries

Susan Sheedy

Centre Manager

Susan joined LIDC on a secondment from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) where she had day to day responsibility for the running of the Department of Clinical Research.  Prior to moving to LSHTM Susan worked in the voluntary sector as an IT Manager for a single homelessness organisation based in Camden.

Susan joined LIDC in February 2017.


Charine John

Administrator/ PA to the LIDC Director

Charine joined LIDC from Syracuse University’s London Program, where she was the Student Activities Coordinator. She has also worked in Educational Policy research, as Learning Mentor, a Play/Youth Worker, and as a Training Instructor. She grew up in Sierra Leone, later returning to work in eco-tourism and as a volunteer with IRC. She is a (CELTA-qualified) English language teacher and has a BA in Education/French and did her Masters’ degree in Culture, Diaspora and Ethnicity at Birkbeck University. She currently volunteers at the Soup Kitchen run by the American Church in London, and the YMCA in Gt Russell St, teaching various disciplines including Boxing, Cycle (spin) and Sculpt (weightlifting.) She is a proud and occasionally despairing Arsenal supporter. 

Charine joined LIDC in September 2015

​Contact for administrative inquiries and room bookings