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Andrew Conlan is based in the Disease Dynamics Unit (DDU) at the Department of Veterinary Medicine in Cambridge.  Andrew obtained a MPhys degree in Mathematical Physics from the University of Edinburgh before moving to the Department of Zoology in Cambridge in 2002 to undertake a PhD with Bryan Grenfell.  He has remained in Cambridge since then furthering his research on disease dynamics in the Department of Applied Mathematics (DAMTP) and the Department of Veterinary Medicine.   His research has focused on understanding the stochastic persistence of infectious diseases, ranging from childhood infectious diseases, to bacterial infections in livestock.  He has particular interests in measles, pertussis, scarlet fever, diptheria, campylobacter and bovine tuberculosis.


Key publications: 

Gaythorpe, KAM,Trotter, CL, Conlan, AJK (2018) “Modelling norovirus transmission and vaccination.” Vaccine 37:5565-5571

Conlan,AJK, Vordermeier, M, de Jong, MCM, Wood, JLN (2018) “The intractable challenge of evaluating cattle vaccination as a control for bovine Tuberculosis” eLife 7, e27694

Conlan AJK, Brooks Pollock E, McKinley TJ, Mitchell AP, Jones GJ, Vordermeier M, Wood, JLN (2015) “Potential Benefits of Cattle Vaccination as a Supplementary Control for Bovine Tuberculosis” PLoS Comput Biol 11(2): e1004038

Brooks-Pollock, E, Conlan, AJK, Mitchell, AP, Blackwell, R, McKinley, TJ and Wood, JLN (2013) “Age-dependent patterns of bovine tuberculosis in cattle” BMC Veterinary Research 44:97

Conlan, AJK, Mckinley, TJ, Karolemeas, K, Brooks Pollock, E, Goodchild, AV, Mitchell, AP, Birch, CPD, Clifton-Hadley, RS, Wood, JLN (2012) “Estimating the hidden burden of bovine tuberculosis in Great Britain. PLoS Comp Bio 8:e1002730

Conlan, AJK, Line, JE, Hiett, K, Coward, C, van Diemen, PM, Stevens, MP, Jones, MA, Gog, JR, Maskell, DJ (2011) “Transmission and dose response experiments for social animals – a reappraisal of the colonisation biology of Campylobacter jejuni in chickens” J. R. Soc. Interface. 8: 1720-1735

Conlan, AJK, Eames, KTD, Gage, JA, von Kirchbach, JC, Ross, JV, Saenz, RA, Gog, JR (2011) “Measuring social networks in British primary schools through scientific engagement” Proc. Biol. Sci. 278:1467-1475

Conlan, AJK, Rohani, P, Lloyd, AL, Keeling, M and Grenfell, BT (2010) “Resolving the impact of waiting time distributions on the persistence of measles” J. R. Soc. Interface. 7, 623-640

Ferrari, MJ, Grais, RF, Bharti, N, Conlan, AJK, Bjornstad, ON, Wolfson, LJ, Guerin, PJ, Djibo, A and Grenfell, BT (2008) “Seasonality, stochasticity and the dynamics of measles in sub-Saharan Africa.” Nature 451, 679-684

University Senior Lecturer in Epidemiology
Dr Andrew  Conlan

Contact Details

University of Cambridge
Department of Veterinary Medicine
Disease Dynamics Unit
Madingley Road
+44 (0) 1223 764031
Available for consultancy


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Person keywords: 
Bayesian Methods