Mark gained a BSc in Zoology and a PhD in Biology from Imperial College before undertaking post-doctoral research at the Swiss Tropical Institute, Basel, and at the University of Cambridge. Since 2008 Mark has worked for Durham University combining research on his long-term interest in infectious disease ecology in Africa with a desire to explore new avenues for his transferable skills in epidemiology. He is currently a Senior Lecturer in the School of Medicine, Pharmacy and Health. Work on a collaborative EU funded study on the link between environmental change and transmission of vector-borne diseases (‘Healthy Futures’) is taking place alongside co-leading the Universal Sustainable Habitat Development (USHD). This multi-sectorial, multi-disciplinary project involves bringing partners together from across academia, industry and the third sector to build infrastructures (schools, health centres, commercial buildings etc) that supply their constituents with bio-gas, water and electricity from renewable resources. Mark is leading a supporting programme of Monitoring, Evaluation, Research, Training and Education that is being developed to allow USHD buildings to be used as multi-functional platforms for health, education, economic and social development.