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Dr Andrew Conlan

Dr Andrew Conlan

University Lecturer in Epidemiology

Andrew Conlan is available for consultancy.

University of Cambridge
Department of Veterinary Medicine
Disease Dynamics Unit
Madingley Road

Cambridge , Cambridgeshire CB3 0ES
Office Phone: +44 (0) 1223 764031


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.

Research themes

Disease Dynamics:

Departments and Institutes

Veterinary Medicine:
Research Associate


  • Latency
  • Bayesian Methods
  • Ecology
  • Livestock
  • Simulation
  • Bacteriology
  • Dynamics
  • Persistence


  • Measles
  • Public Health
  • Scarlet Fever
  • Tuberculosis
  • Diphtheria
  • Campylobacteriosis
  • Pertussis (Whooping Cough)


  • Mathematical modelling
  • Computational modelling

Key Publications

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

 Amos, W, Brooks-Pollock, E, Blackwell, R, Driscoll, E, Flower, M, Conlan, AJK (2013) Genetic predisposition to pass the standard SICCT test for tuberculosis in British cattle. PLOS One 8:e58245

Karolemeas, K, Donnelly, CA, Conlan, AJK, Mitchell, AP, Clifton-Hadley, RS, Upton, P, Wood, JLN, McKinley, TJ (2012) The effect of badger culling on breakdown prolongation and recurrence of bovine Tuberculosis in cattle herds in Great Britian. PLOS One 7:e51342

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 (10) e1002730

Karolemeas K, De la Rua-Domench, R, Cooper, R, Goodchild, AV, Clifton-Hadley, RS, Conlan, AJK, Mitchell, A, Hewinson, RG, Donnelly, CA, Wood, JLN, McKinley, TJ. (2012) “Estimation of the Relative Sensitivity of the comparative tuberculin skin test in tuberculous cattle herds subjected to depopulation” PLoS One 7 (8) e43217

Morters, MK, Restif, O, Hampson, K, Cleaveland, S, Wood, JLN, Conlan, AJK (2012) “Evidence-based control of canine rabies: a critical review of population density reduction” Journal of Animal Ecology DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2656.2012.02033.x

Karolemeas K, McKinley TJ, Clifton-Hadley RS, Goodchild, AV, Johnston, WT, Conlan AJK, Donnelly, CA, Wood, JL (2011) “Recurrence of bovine tuberculosis breakdowns in Great Britain: risk factors and prediction” Prev. Vet. Med. 102:22-29

Conlan, AJK, Line, JE, Hiett, K, Coward, C, van Diemen, PM, Stevens, MP, Jones, MA, Gog, JR, Maskell, DJ Transmission and dose response experiments for social animals – a reappraisal of the colonisation biology of Campylobacter jejuni in chickens J. R. Soc. Interface. (2011) doi: 10.1098/rsif.2011.0125

Conlan, AJK, Eames, KTD, Gage, JA, von Kirchbach, JC, Ross, JV, Saenz, RA, Gog, JR Measuring social networks in British primary schools through scientific engagement Proc. Roy. Soc. B (2010) 10.1098/rspb.2010.1807

K. Karolemeas, McKinley, TJ, Clifton-Hadley, TS,  Goodchild, AV. Mitchell, A, Johnston, WT,  Conlan, AJK, Donnelly,CA and Wood, JLN Predicting prolonged bovine tuberculosis breakdowns in Great Britain as an aid to control Prev. Vet. Med. (2010) doi: 10.1016/j.prevetmed.2010.09.007

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

Line, J, Hiett, K and Conlan, AJK Comparison of challenge models for determining the colonization dose of Campylobacter jejuni in broiler chicks Poult Sci (2008) 87,1700-1706

Coward, C, van Diemen, PM, Conlan, AJK, Gog, JR, Stevens, MP, Jones, MA, Maskell, DJ Competing isogenic campylobacter strains exhibit variable population structures in vivo AEM (2008) 74,3857-3867

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

Grais, RF, Conlan, AJK, Ferrari, MJ, Djibo, A, Bjornstad, ON, Grenfell, BT Time is of the essence: Exploring a measles outbreak response vaccination in Niamey, Niger J. R. Soc. Interface. (2007) 5, 67-74

Conlan, AJK, Coward, C, Grant, AJ, Maskell, DJ and Gog JR Campylobacter jejuni colonisation and transmission in broiler chickens: A modelling perspective J. R. Soc. Interface. 4, 819-829 (2007)

Conlan, AJK and Grenfell, BT Seasonality, persistence and the invasion of measles Proc. Roy. Soc. B 274, 1133-1140 (2007)