Poppy grew up in Malvern but now spends much of her time in Africa, researching the transmission of rare diseases spread through parasites. She gained her PhD at Imperial College London, researching Bilharzia in Uganda and moved on to research other Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs): River Blindness in Ghana and food-borne trematodes in Thailand, before once again returning to her research on Bilharzia in Africa.
Poppy’s father, Dr Hugh Lamberton who was a research scientist at RSRE, became Chairman of the NATO - IRIS group shortly before his death in 1997. His research with the RSRE, forerunner of modern day QinetiQ, was initially in developing LASERs and later researching Image Intensifying and Thermal Imaging. Poppy’s mother, also a biologist and a former teacher at Malvern College until she retired in 2006, was the first Housemistress of a girls’ house on the Malvern College campus in 1992, 25 years ago, when Malvern College became co-educational.
Poppy is a STEM ambassador and in 2015 was shortlisted as a ‘Science Women of the Future’ as well as being a 2017 BBC Expert Women. She travels widely to give lectures and actively encourages more women to enter careers in science.