Research Fellow

Division: Institute for Global Health and Development

Tel: 0131 474 0000

Dr. Karin Diaconu (PhD, MSc, BA) is a Research Fellow in the Institute for Global Health and Development.

  • Overview
  • Research Interests
  • Funded Projects

Karin Diaconu is a health scientist with research experience across quantitative and qualitative methods. She is interested in health service delivery in low- and middle-income countries and humanitarian settings, particularly as relating to the availability medical products/devices, resource allocation planning and priority setting. Karin’s PhD explored medical device procurement and prioritization for low- and middle-income settings. She has strong links with the World Health Organization Essential Medical Products Unit as well as research organizations in The Gambia, Romania and Mexico.

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Karin’s research focuses on the development, and eventual adoption, of a novel cholera biosensor for use in low-resource and humanitarian settings. She is currently involved in undertaking relevant evidence review activities to support product design and formulation of a target product profile; further studies will explore the cost-effectiveness and feasibility of sensor introduction/use given different manufacturing and adoption strategies.

Active Research Interests:

  • Humanitarian settings, low- and middle-income countries, health service delivery, health technology assessment, medical products, priority-setting, evidence-based decision-making.

Research Methods:

  • Systematic reviews, quick evidence reviews, qualitative study design and implementation, biostatistics (Cox regression modelling for survival analysis), intervention costing, health economic modelling for cost-effectiveness analysis.

Research Grants & Contracts Funding:

A Household Yeast Sensor for Cholera

NIH – Grant supporting development of novel cholera biosensor:

This work supports colleagues at Columbia University in the development of an innovative product for cholera surveillance and explores the product’s adoption, impact and cost-effectiveness when used in humanitarian- and low-resource settings.