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Current Research Students

Michael Smah

Michael studied Mathematics at the Nasarawa State University, Keffi, Nigeria, graduating in 2014. He obtained his MSc in Computational Mathematics (Terrorism Modelling) from the Bayero University before joining the Institute for Global Pandemic Planning, University of Warwick in 2021. His research interest is in the fields of Mathematical Epidemiology, particularly the development of mathematical models needed for the control and elimination of infectious diseases, violent conflicts (as contagious spread of infectious diseases) and other phenomenon with similar characteristics.

Ezinne Peters

Ezinne Peters is a physician and development specialist with experience in HIV/TB, MNCH, Health Systems Strengthening, and Nutrition Programmes. She was a Fulbright-Humphrey Fellow and an alumna of Warwick Medical School. With her return to Warwick, her research will broadly focus on Behavioural Sciences and Public Health, with particular interest on how decision-making during pandemics impact policymaking.

Thomas Wolfgarten

Thomas is an economist (University of Cologne) and statistician (University of Warwick).He is interested in the integration of Behavioural Science concepts with Mathematical Epidemiological Models, in particular, how behavioural factors offer an opportunity to monitor and ultimately control Dynamical Systems, which can provide a tool to manage pandemics.

Abiola Ojumu

Abiola’s research interests include the interplay between risk factors and determinants of health (including behaviours) at the intersections of infectious and non-communicable diseases of pandemic potential. She is also interested in their implications for maintaining sustainable healthcare access to underserved groups in a pandemic. Her work in global health has focussed on increasing equity in access to healthcare, pharmaceuticals and vaccines in low resource settings and supporting countries’ health systems in the development and operationalisation of policies and public health programs.

Gbeminiyi Joshua Oyedele

Joshua holds a B.Tech in Mathematics from Ladoke Akintola University of Technology in Ogbomoso and an MSc. in Mathematical Sciences from the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS), Cameroon. His research interests lie in applying mathematical and statistical technics to study how human behaviour affects the spread and control of infectious diseases. He also likes to explore the use of available and/or new data sources to study infectious, and poverty related, diseases.

Ankit Shanker

Ankit has an MSc in Behavioural and Experimental Economics. His fundamental research interests lie at the intersection of pandemic planning and behavioural science. Specifically, he is interested in social identity and social preferences of healthcare professionals, social narratives and norm nudging in a pandemic, context effects in work attitudes of healthcare professionals in a pandemic.