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Current Research Students

Michael Smah

Michael dot Smah at warwick dot ac dot uk

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 dot Peters at warwick dot ac dot uk

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.

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Thomas Wolfgarten

Thomas dot Wolfgarten at warwick dot ac dot uk

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.

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Abiola Ojumu

Abiola dot Ojumu at warwick dot ac dot uk

Abiola’s research examines vaccination implementation and uptake for emerging and re-emerging diseases in lower-middle-income countries within the broader context of strengthening systems for health and building resilience. 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 developing and operationalising policies and public health programs. She obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy from the Olabisi Onabanjo University, Nigeria and has completed an MSc in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK, an MSc in Development Management from the University of Birmingham, UK and an MBA from the University of Toronto, Canada.

Gbeminiyi Joshua Oyedele

Gbeminiyi dot Oyedele at warwick dot ac dot uk

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 dot Shanker at warwick dot ac dot uk

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.

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Rosanna Glazik

Rosanna dot Glazik at warwick dot ac dot uk

Rosanna is a Registered Nurse (UK) and holds a Diploma in Tropical Nursing and a Master of Public Health. She has worked on emergency humanitarian responses to different crises in various countries, including South Sudan and Mozambique. Working with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Haramaya University, she coordinated the clinical data collection of a maternal infection study in Ethiopia. Rosanna has also worked with the UK Public Health Rapid Support Team during the COVID-19 pandemic, supporting infectious disease outbreak preparedness and response across the world. Her research interests include outbreak preparedness and response, public health in crisis settings, public health surveillance, and community engagement and empowerment in public health. She also has an interest in implementation research and co-production in research.

Carlos Dos Santos

Carlos dot Dos-Santos at warwick dot ac dot uk

Carlos obtained his BSc in Biological Sciences in 2020 and his MSc in Genetics and Molecular Biology in 2022 at the Federal University of Goiás (UFG), Brazil. He has been working towards developing and improving alternative methods for viral RNA amplification using RT-LAMP. During his undergraduate studies Carlos worked with Mayaro fever (MAYV), an epidemiologically relevant arbovirus in Brazil and during his MSc he focused on developing RT-LAMP essays for the detection of the new coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2). In the Institute for Global Pandemic Planning his project will focus on disease diagnostics.

Aishah Ibrahim

aishah dot ibrahim at warwick dot ac dot uk

With a medical degree from The University of Manchester, Aishah trained as a physician in Malaysia before taking a career break to look after her young family. She found her passion in public health research during her years abroad and went on to obtain an MSc in Epidemiology from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and an MSc in Artificial Intelligence and Data Science from University of Hull before joining IGPP in October 2022. Her research plans include applying epidemiological and behavioural science techniques to explore the challenges and opportunities of women’s empowerment driven by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Yuki Chan

suet dot c dot y dot chan at warwick dot ac dot uk

Yuki has a BSc in Economics and a MSc in Business with Consulting from the University ofWarwick. Her research focuses on Behavioural Science, with particular interest in health economics in the context of pandemics and public health interventions. She also explores mother-child interactions, child development and mortality, and intergenerational health mobility.

Reanna Gregory

Reanna dot Gregory at warwick dot ac dot uk

Reanna studied Biomedical Science at the University of Warwick and then stayed on to join IGPP. She is interested in the intersection between public health and mathematical epidemiology, with a particular focus on viruses. Her project involves assessing the risk levels posed by different potential pandemic influenza strains, bridging between lab-based virology work and mathematical epidemiology. The aim is to generate data that informs the modelling process and can support conclusions made in silico.

Hanna Palya

hanna dot palya at warwick dot ac dot uk

Hanna got their BSc in Biology and Philosophy from the University of St Andrews. During their degree, they developed and interest in computational biology and biosecurity. Their dissertation focused on mammalian cytomegalovirus evolution - they built phylogenies and did positive selection analysis. They also did a summer research project on DNA synthesis screening mechanisms with mentoring from the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk. For their PhD project, they are planning on doing mathematical modelling for biosurveillance systems for pandemic prevention and response.