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Meet the team

Nick Charter

Professor of Behavioural Science, Warwick Business School Professor

Nick Chater works on the cognitive and behavioural sciences, especially reasoning, decision making and language. He applies his experimental, computational and mathematical studies to public policy and the private sector. He has published more than 250 papers, and has won four national awards for psychological research. He has served as Associate Editor for the journals Cognitive Science, Psychological Review and Psychological Science, was elected a Fellow of the Cognitive Science Society in 2010 and a Fellow of the British Academy in 2012. He is also on the advisory board of the Cabinet's Office's Behavioural Insight Team (BIT), popularly known as the 'Nudge Unit'.

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Professor Anna Seale

Honorary Professor of Public Health, Warwick Medical School

Anna is an Honorary Professor of Public Health in Warwick. She trained in medicine, specialising initially in paediatrics and then public health. She developed research interests in maternal and neonatal infection, particularly in low-and middle-income countries, living for several years in East African countries. From 2018, Anna led the outbreak- related research programme for the UK Public Health Rapid Support Team at LSHTM, during which she seconded to the Joint Biosecurity Centre where she led an interdisciplinary team to provide public health analytics on disease prevalence, health care, vaccine impact and variants, to support the UK COVID-19 response. She now works with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation while maintaining an honorary position at Warwick.


Professor Matt Keeling

Joint appointment, Life Sciences and Maths Institute

Matt's research focuses on the three E's: Epidemiology, Evolution and Ecology. He is particularly interested in how spatial structure, heterogeneities and stochasticity affect the emergent population-level dynamics; as such his work uses a wide range of modelling tools and concepts. While large-scale simulations play a substantial role in Matt's work, he's also very keen to develop simple modelling techniques that can capture the important dynamics of a system. More recently he's become increasingly involved in science advice for policy and how this can be best achieved. Matt's interests include: Optimal control of infection, cost-effective vaccination, policy-relevant prediction, vector-host dynamics, within-host immunological dynamics, disease evolution in response to control, climate and population change. He has worked on a number of infections including: Avian influenza; Bovine tuberculosis in livestock; Bubonic plague; Childhood infections (including Measles and Whooping Cough); COVID-19; Foot-and-mouth disease; (seasonal and pandemic) Influenza; and a range of Neglected Tropical Diseases. Matt has been a member of JCVI (Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation) and SPI-M (the Scientific Pandemic Influenza Modelling group) since 2008.

Professor Mike Tildesley

Joint appointment, Life Sciences and Maths Institute

Mike is a Professor in the Zeeman Institute for Systems Biology and Infectious Disease Epidemiology Research at the University of Warwick. His research focuses upon the development of models of infectious diseases and their utility as predictive tools. He has a particular interest in the predictive power of models in the early stages of disease outbreaks, when there is significant uncertainty regarding the spread of disease. Professor Tildesley has strong links with policy makers, working closely with the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) upon strategies for disease control. Professor Tildesley is currently a member of the Scientific Pandemic Influenza Modelling group (SPI-M), the modelling subgroup of SAGE, and has been working throughout the COVID-19 pandemic upon the development of models to inform a range of policy questions in the UK.

Assistant Professor Nicole Robb

Assistant Professor, Warwick Medical School

Nicole is an Assistant Professor at the University of Warwick Medical School, a visiting lecturer at the University of Oxford and a Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellow. She has a 15-year track record of studying viruses and published the first single-molecule studies on influenza virus replication. Her research interests include super resolution imaging, using biophysics techniques for rapid pathogen detection and the application of machine learning algorithms for image analysis. She holds several patents on viral diagnostic technology and is the co-founder of a spinout company from the University of Oxford that is working to commercialise a 1-minute COVID-19 diagnostic test that was developed in her academic group.

Professor Neil Stewart

Professor in Behaviour Science, Warwick Business School

Neil is Professor of Behavioural Science at Warwick Business School. Neil has been using mass transaction data to understand how people's behaviour and financial situation has changed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Check out "Might coronavirus bring a lasting shift to online spending?" and "How uneven is the recovery in consumer spending across UK regions?

Associate Clinical Professor, Warwick Medical School

Dr Dan Todkill obtained degrees in Microbiology (University of Birmingham) and Medicine (University of Warwick) prior to clinical practice, and subsequently following his passion for Public Health by completing specialist training in Public Health Medicine. During this time, he also completed the Field Epidemiology Training Programme Fellowship at Public Health England. Since 2017, he has split his time between working as a practicing Consultant Medical Epidemiologist and as an Academic at the University of Warwick. He has extensive experience of providing epidemiological support to outbreak investigations caused by a diverse range of pathogens. This is combined with operating surveillance systems monitoring organisms of key public health importance, and translating information directly to public health action. He is currently seconded to the Real Time Syndromic Surveillance Team within the UK Health Security Agency; delivering near-real time epidemiological analysis of a suite of syndromic data sources.

At Warwick, Dan is the Associate Medical Director of Warwick Evidence; one of nine NIHR commissioned Technology Assessment Report Teams in the UK which undertakes reviews and evidence synthesis on clinical and cost-effectiveness. His personal research interests are Data Science, Syndromic Surveillance, and Evidence Synthesis.