Dr Lena Lorenz

Senior Strategic Research Coordinator

Contact details



Queen's Medical Research Institute
47 Little France Crescent

Post code
EH16 4TJ


  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 9.00-17.00
    Alternating Wednesday and Friday: 9.00-17.00


Lena completed her PhD in Evolutionary Biology at Imperial College London in 2010. Her thesis examined co-evolutionary interactions between Anopheles mosquitoes, microsporidians and malaria parasites in the laboratory. Lena then moved to Tanzania to work on more operational malaria and mosquito control options at the Ifakara Health Institute. She was a post-doctoral research fellow (2011-16) and assistant professor (2016-18) at London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, coordinating a large-scale mosquito net durability project in Tanzania. She taught MSc and PhD students in study design, statistical analysis and (biological) control of disease vectors. Lena also acted as co-chair of the ‘Long-Lasting Insecticidal Nets (LLIN) priorities’ workstream within the Roll Back Malaria Partnership-Vector Control Working Group (2015-18). 


2012 – 2016 Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning (PGCILT) Modules 1 & 2 LSHTM, UK

2006 – 2010 PhD: “Towards Evolution-Proof Malaria Control with a Microsporidian Parasite” Silwood Park Campus, Division of Biology, Imperial College London, UK (Supervisor: Prof. Jacob C. Koella)

2003 – 2006 BSc (Hons) 2.1, Zoology; University of Bristol, UK

Responsibilities & affiliations

In July 2018, Lena joined the CMVM Research Office of the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine as Research Impact Officer. She supported the College Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021 submission by developing impact case studies. She was working with researchers, academics and clinicians to identify, broaden, report and evidence the real world benefits (= impact) of their research studies.

In Dec 2021, Lena's role changed to Senior Strategic Research Coordinator, where she is responsible for the development and implementation of strategically important research support activities for CMVM. She is currently responsible for supporting research impact, research ethics and international research within CMVM, and coordinates the Edinburgh Medical School Research Ethics Committee (EMREC)

Lena is an active member of the Medical School Athena Swan committee, the Edinburgh Race Equality Network, the Research Ethics and Integrity Group and ARMA.