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Meet the COVER-ME team!

The study is run by a team of researchers at the Queen Mary University of London and supported by a team of experts from relevant fields.

Dr Dominik Zenner of Queen Mary University

Dr Dominik Zenner (MA MSc MD FHEA MRCGP FFPH)

Chief investigator

Dominik is a clinical reader in Infectious disease and Epidemiology at Queen Mary University of London. He has a background in Infectious disease epidemiology and migration health and is also a general practitioner in East London. He is the main lead and organizer of the COVER-ME study. Read more about Dominik's work here. 


Dr Tahreem Chaudhry

Senior postdoctoral researcher

Tahreem is a post-doctoral fellow with a clinical background and experience in academic research. Her research interests entail migrant health, long-term conditions, digital health and self-management. Tahreem is the main researcher overseeing all the work packages.


Patricia Tum is a researcher at QMUL

Patricia Tum

Research Coordinator

Patricia is a public health researcher and Global Health and Policy MSc graduate of Queen Mary University of London. She has a background in infectious disease research with previous work experience at the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) and at London South Bank University. Patricia will coordinate the day-to-day running of the project and provide relevant support to the research team. Read more about Patricia here.


Karina Kielmann

Prof Karina Kielmann


Karina Kielmann is a professor and head of unit (Equity and Health) in the Department of Public Health Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp. She is a medical anthropologist with 20 years of experience in research, teaching and developing capacity for social science research in international public health settings. She will advise on the qualitative research packages including formative research and co-design of the intervention with target communities.


Heinke Kunst

Dr. Heinke Kunst


Dr. Kunst is a clinical reader in Respiratory medicine at Queen Mary University of London. Learn more about Heinke's work.



Prof Christopher Griffiths


Chris is a professor of primary care at Queen Mary University of London and co-director of the Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research. Learn more about Chris' work.



Dr Adam Brentnall


Adam is a senior statistician at Queen Mary University's Centre for Cancer Prevention. Learn more about Adam's work.



Hector Smethurst

Hector Smethurst


Hector is the CEO and founder of Appt Health, and will support the co-design of the Patient Engagement Tool. Learn more about appt health.



Ceri Durham


Ceri is the CEO of Social Action for Health. Ceri and her team will support in the qualitative stage of the study. Learn more about Social Action for Health.



Grainne colligan

Grainne Colligan


Grainne is a Project Manager at Social Action for Health. She will support the qualitative stage of the study. Learn more about Social Action for Health.


Dr Vanessa Apea


Vanessa is a consultant physician in Genito-urinary and HIV medicine and a research lead in Sexual Health at Barts Health NHS Trust. Vanessa will be using her experience in promoting health equity in marginalised populations, to support the study. Read more about Vanessa's work here.


Dr Sally Hargreaves


Sally is an Associate Professor in Global Health at St. George's University of London. She leads a multi-disciplinary team with an interest in migrant health and infection, with a particular focus on vaccination, tuberculosis and COVID-19. Read more about Sally's work here



Dr Ines Campos Matos


Ines is a public health doctor working in the Office for Health Improvement Disparities in the Department of Health and Social Care. She is also a consultant Epidemiologist in the COVID-19 Epidemiology team at the UK Health Security Agency, supporting the production of Epidemiological outputs. Ines' research interests are on the contextual determinants of health inclusion of health groups such as refugees in England.


Professor of Biostatistics qmul

Professor Rhian Gabe


Rhian is a statistician with an academic background in Mathematics and epidemiology and a PhD in using statistical methods to evaluate breast cancer screening using mammography at Queen Mary University of London. Read more about Rhian's work here.


Colin Campbell

Dr Colin Campbell


Colin is a Public health specialist currently leading the COVID-19 vaccine coverage team in the Immunisation and Vaccine-Preventable Diseases division at UKHSA. His research interests include HIV surveillance and TB Epidemiology which he has explored on a global scale.



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