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Dr Gemma Lasseter

Dr Gemma Lasseter

Dr Gemma Lasseter
ACMI, MSc(AngliaPU), BSc(W.England), PhD(Bristol)

Senior Research Associate - Project Manager for Health Protection Research Unit

Area of research

Health protection research

Office OF22
Oakfield House,
Oakfield Grove, Clifton BS8 2BN
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+44 (0) 117 331 3400


Gemma joined the NIHR Health Protection Research Unit in Evaluation of Interventions in 2015 as a Senior Research Associate. Since then she has become the Project Manager for the HPRU, coordinating and ensuring the efficient and effective operation of the unit. 

Prior to this appointment Gemma worked on a range of projects, including qualitative, quantitative, mixed-methods, service evaluations, audits and surveillance studies. Her research interests focus on understanding 'what works, for whom, and in what circumstances'. Most of her research to date has focused on gauging patient and public opinion about research recruitment (esp. informed consent), general practice services (esp. digital health interventions), childhood vaccinations and infectious disease.

Gemma joined the University of Bristol in 2011 as a Project Manager on a Realist Evaluation, which was designed to evaluate the end-of-life services offered in the South West of England. Prior to this she worked as a Project Manager and mixed-methods researcher at the Health Protection Agency (now Public Health England) Primary Care Unit. Whilst in this role Gemma successfully managed numerous mixed-methods research studies based in primary care, with particular focus on controlling infectious diseases and the use of antibiotics in the community.

Her NIHR SPCR funded PhD thesis examined general practice patients’ opinions about researchers accessing their identifiable medical records for research purposes and the feasibility of introducing a streamlined research recruitment process into primary care.


Gemma has taught undergraduate medical students on the Society, Health and Medicine and Ethics in Law and Medicine elements of the Human Basis of Medicine unit.  She has also supervised second year medical students for the Student Selected Component library projects on the prudent use of antimicrobial agents for the management of infectious disease.


  • qualitative
  • quantitative
  • primary care
  • patient care
  • research recruitment
  • informed consent
  • medical ethics
  • end-of-life care
  • clinical microbiology

Processes and functions

  • cognitive interviews
  • vignettes
  • discrete choice experiment
  • realist evaluation



Bristol Medical School (PHS)

Centres, collaborations and units

Recent publications

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