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WIDER personnel

This provides a list of people associated with the WIDER group, and a brief summary of their research interests:

Academic Staff and Independent Research Fellows

Matt Keeling
Prof Matt Keeling

Modelling of infectious diseases in humans and animals. Optimal targeting; Spatial spread and Networks; Stochasticity and persistance of infection.

Laura Green
Prof Laura Green

Statistical and mathematical approaches to understanding the biology and control of diseases in farmed animals; translating research into practice.

Deidre Hollingsworth
Dr Deirdre Hollingsworth

Transmission dynamics of HIV stages. Dynamics and control of malaria. Prediction and optimal control of helminth infections.

Orin Courtenay
Dr Orin Courtenay

Field epidemiologist and behavioural ecologist of vector and zoonotic infectious diseases.

Mike Tildesley
Dr Mike Tildesley

Prediction and control of livestock diseases, especially foot-and-mouth and avian influenza.

James Nokes
Prof D. James Nokes

The epidemiology viral pathogens in developing countries, leading to the rational design of control programmes. Determinants of infection dynamics.

Dr Louise Dyson

Multiple aspects of mathematical biology, including insect behaviour, cell mobility and epidemiology.

Simon Spencer
Dr Simon Spencer

Stochastic models for infectious diseases in humans and animals; Bayesian statistics applied to epidemiology, outbreak detection, model selection and uncertainty.

Lorenzo Pellis
Dr Lorenzo Pellis

Multi-strain and multi-pathogen systems, HIV, RSV, epidemics on networks and in socially structured populations (age stratification, households, schools, etc.).

Prof Stavros Petrou

Perinatal and paediatric health and methodological concerns surrounding the conduct of economic evaluation alongside randomised controlled trials.

Prof Noel McCarthy

Integrating bacterial population genetics into public health epidemiology; developing and applying epidemiological methods to practical public health problems.

Daniel Franklin
Dr Daniel Franklin

Stochastic simulation modelling of the invasion of novel pest and pathogen species into the English and Welsh honeybee population.

Gareth Roberts
Prof Gareth Roberts

Bayesian Inference, particularly using modern computational statistics techniques such as Markov chain Monte Carlo and Sequential Monte Carlo.

Prof Mark Pallen

Using high-throughput sequencing, genomics and metagenomics, to dissect the behaviour of bacterial infection and colonisation in humans and animals.

Prof Mark Achtman

Epidemiological and sequence data for evaluating the micro-evolution and population structure of pathogenic bacteria, e.g. Salmonella enterica.

Dr Kevin Purdy

How microbial communities form and change temporally and spatially; microbial communities (microbiomes) associated with endemic diseases in farm animals.

Post-Docs and Research Fellows

Ron Crump
Dr Ron Crump

Prediction of risk of bovine tuberculosis infection at herd and individual animal levels.
Part of NTD modelling consortium: Statistical models of Leprosy.

Dr Samik Datta

Modelling infections in honeybee populations, and simulating control.
Human infectious diseases, and comparisons of vaccination strategies.

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Dr Erin Dilger

Epidemiology and control of vector borne diseases, specifically visceral leishmaniasis. Running and analysing data from a CRCT in Brazil, testing a novel control for VL.

Sam Brand
Dr Sam Brand

Modelling spatial spread of infectious diseases; insect vectors; fast epidemic simulation; Stochastic transmission; Optimal control.

Kat Rock
Dr Kat Rock

Vector-borne disease modelling; effects of vector senescence and bite rate upon disease transmission.
Part of NTD modelling consortium: modelling HAT (sleeping sickness).

Ed Smith
Dr Ed Smith

Population genetics of livestock associated bacteria at the farm and global level. Impact of host genetics and breeding on disease susceptibility.

Sarah Jervis
Dr Sarah Jervis

Part of NTD modelling consortium: Model fitting and statistics.

Dr Lloyd Chapman

Spatial transmission modelling, vector-borne disease modelling.

Part of NTD modelling consortium: mathematical modelling of Visceral Leishmaniasis.

Mike Irvine
Dr Mike Irvine

Spatial ecology of seagrass, using a variety of mathematical modelling and statistical tools.
Part of NTD modelling consortium: mathematical modelling of Lymphatic Filariasis.

Dr Jolene Atia

Cross-scale modelling of foot-rot in the UK; linking foot-level and population-level dynamics.

Dr William Probert

Dynamics of control and foot-and-mouth disease

Dr Renata Retkute

Models of foot-and-mouth disease.

Dr Amanda Minter

Models of within-herd dynamics of bovine tuberculosis.

Joaquin Prada
Dr Joaquin Prada

Epidemiology of human diseases, including schistosomiasis and measles. Aspects of spatial modelling, risk of introduction and eradication.

Panayiota Touloupou

Modelling the transmission of Escherichia coli O157 in cattle, MCMC inference and model selection.

PhD Students

Jo Moir
Jo Thompson

Respondent driven sampling and spread of infectious diseases on networks.

Peter Dawson
Peter Dawson

Dynamics and control of foot-and-mouth disease in Turkey. Interaction of multiple pathogen strains. Implications of livestock movements.

Emma Monaghan
Emma Monaghan

Investigating development and composition of a microbial community in the mammary glands of suckler sheep.

Ben Hu
Ben Hu

Cross-scale modelling of foot-and-mouth disease. Modelling and control of foot-and-mouth disease in Japan.

Ed Hill
Ed Hill

Modelling influenza at the human-animal interface. Dynamic models for mood disorders.

Elizabeth Buckingham-Jeffery

Models for gastro-intestinal illness. Syndromic data analysis. Markov Random Field methods.

Holly Borowski

Identify and evaluate barriers to the adoption of best practice (in management of footrot) by sheep farmers.

Rachel Clifton

Investigating the role of Fusobacterium necrophorum in the severity and persistence of footrot in sheep.

Mel Munang

Investigating TB epidemiology in the setting of migration (Birmingham) and how contact tracing impacts on control.

Alex Bishop

Household models of soil-transmitted helminths. Incorporating numerical analysis of large, sparse, stochastic matrices into gradient MCMC methods.

Joe Hilton

Models of infection close to the eradication threshold (R0 = 1).

Katherine Broadfoot

Models and data analysis of modern measles outbreaks, using the 2013 Swansea outbreak as a case study.

Past Members

See here for past members of the WIDER centre.