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Dr Gianni Lo Iacono

Dr Gianni Lo Iacono

Mathematical Modeller

University of Cambridge
Department of Veterinary Medicine
Madingley Road Cambridge

Cambridge CB3 0ES



I am an interdisciplinary scientist with several years of experience in mathematical modelling addressing a wide range of problems related to Fluid Dynamics, Ecology, Evolutionary Biology and Epidemiology.




Research Scientist

April 2011-April 2016 (part time)

Veterinary Department University of Cambridge, UK

Visiting Worker

August 2010- 2011

Rothamsted Research, UK

Research Scientist

2004 - 2010

Rothamsted Research, UK

Research Scientist

2002 - 2004

Silsoe Research Institute, UK

Academic Qualifications:



2004 (awarded)

University of Warwick

Subject: Computational Fluid Dynamics

Laurea in Physics


University of Milan

Subject: Elementary Particles Physics

Research themes

Infectious Disease Dynamics:

Population Models; ODE-PDE; Stochastic Model; Time-Series Analysis; Monte-Carlo and MCMC;  Quantitative Genetics; Turbulence; Computational Fluid Dynamics

Departments and Institutes

Veterinary Medicine:
Mathematical Modeller

Research Interests

Motion of aerosols and odour concentration in turbulent flows;

Evolution of pathogen;

Vector-borne and zoonotic diseases;



  • Evolution
  • Ecology
  • Epidemic control
  • Pathogen Evolution
  • Epidemiology


  • Mathematical modelling

Key Publications


Lo Iacono G., Cunningham A., Fichet-Calvet E., Garry R., Grant D., Leach M., Moses L., Nichols G., Schieffelin J., Shaffer J., Webb C., Wood J.

A Unified Framework for the Infection Dynamics of Zoonotic Spillover and Spread

PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases (2016) doi: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0004957


Grant C., Lo Iacono G,  Dzingirai V.,  Bett B.,  Winnebah T. R. A. and  Atkinson P. M.

Moving interdisciplinary science forward: integrating participatory modelling with mathematical modelling of zoonotic disease in Africa

Infectious Diseases of Poverty (2016) doi:10.1186/s40249-016-0110-4


Baker T, Carpenter S, Gubbins S, Newton R, Lo Iacono G, Wood J, Harrup LE.

Can insecticide-treated netting provide protection for Equids from Culicoides biting midges in the United Kingdom?

Parasit Vectors. (2015)  doi: 10.1186/s13071-015-1182-x


Lo Iacono G., Cunningham A., Fichet-Calvet E., Garry R., Grant D., Khan S-H, Leach M., Moses L., Schieffelin J., Shaffer J., Webb C., Wood J.

Using Modelling to Disentangle the Relative Contributions of Zoonotic and Anthroponotic Transmission: The Case of Lassa Fever

PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases (2015) doi: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0003398


Lo Iacono G., Robin C., Newton R.,  Gubbins S., Wood J.

Where are the horses? With the sheep or cows? Uncertain host location, vector-feeding preferences and the risk of African horse sickness transmission in Great Britain 

J. Royal Soc. Interface  (2013) 20130194 doi:10 .1098/rsif.2013.0194  


Lo Iacono G., van den Bosch F. and  Gilligan C.

Durable resistance to crop pathogens: an epidemiological framework to predict risk under uncertainty

PLOS Comp. Bio. (2012)  doi:10.1371/journal.pcbi.1002870

Lo Iacono G., Robin C., Gubbins S., Newton R., Wood J.

How does the ecology of Culicoides biting midges influence the risk of an epidemic of African Horse Sickness?

Journal of Equine Veterinary Science  (2012) 32 (10), S83-S84 doi:10.1016/j.jevs.2012.08.177

Robin C.A., Lo Iacono G., Gubbins S., Wood J.L.N., Newton J.R.

The accuracy of the National Equine Database in relation to vector-borne disease risk modelling of horses in Great Britain.

Equine Veterinary Journal (2012) -  doi:10.1111/evj.12018

Lo Iacono G., and van den Bosch F. and Paveley N.

Modelling the evolution of plant pathogens in response to host resistance

J. Theoretical Biology


Lo Iacono G., Adelia De Paula

A pilot project to encourage scientific debate in schools. Comics written and peer reviewed by young learners

Journal of Science Communication (2011) 10(03) A04

Lo Iacono G.  and Tucker P.G.

Numerical Study of Particle Motion in Turbulent Ribbed Channel Flow.

In “Progress in Turbulence”, (2005), Peinke, Kittel, Barth and Oberlack Ed.

Springer Proceedings in Physics, Vol.  101 pp.191-194

Lo Iacono G.

A comparison of different searching strategies to locate sources of odour in turbulent flows.

“Adaptive Behavior”  (2010) 18, (2), pp 155-170.  doi:10.1177/1059712309345034


Lo Iacono G.

Application of Rice's theory to recurrence statistics of concentration fluctuations in dispersing plumes.

Env. Fluid Mech. (2009) 9, (3), pp 341-357.  doi:10.1007/s10652-008-9099-y


Khan  M. A. I., Luo X. Y., Nicolleau  F. C. G. A., Tucker P. G. and Lo Iacono G.

Effects of LES sub-grid flow structure on particle deposition in a plane channel with a ribbed wall

International Journal for Numerical Methods in Biomedical Engineering (2010)
26 (8) pp. 999-1015.


Lo Iacono G., Reynolds A.M.

Modelling of concentrations along a moving observer in an inhomogeneous plume. Biological application: model of odour-mediated insect flights

Environmental Fluid Mechanics (2008) 8, (2), pp 147-168. doi:10.1007/s10652-008-9054-y


Lo Iacono G., Reynolds A.M. and Tucker P.G.

Particle deposition onto rough surfaces.

ASME, J. Fluids Eng. (2008) 130, (7)  Article Number 074501. doi:10.1115/1.2948359


Liu Y., Tucker P.G. and Lo Iacono G.

Comparison of zonal RANS and LES for a non-isothermal ribbed channel flow.

Int. J. Heat and Fluid Flow, (2006) 27, (3), pp. 391-701

doi: 10.1016/j.ijheatfluidflow.2005.11.004

Lo Iacono G., Tucker P.G. and Reynolds A.M.

Predictions for particle deposition from LES of ribbed channel flow.

International Journal of Heat & Fluid Flow, August (2005) 26,(4), pp. 558-568


Lo Iacono G. and Reynolds A.M.

A Lagrangian Stochastic Model for the Deposition of Brownian particles in the Presence of a Temperature gradient.

J.  Aerosol Science, (2005) 36,(10), pp. 1238-1250. doi:10.1016/j.jaerosci.2005.02.006

Reynolds A.M.  and Lo Iacono G.

On the Simulation of Particle Trajectories in Turbulent flows.

Physics of Fluids, December (2004), 16, pp. 4353-4358.  doi:10.1063/1.1804551

Dick L.,  Karapetian V., Lo Iacono  G., Preparata G. and  Nitti, L.,

T-dependence in ''diffractive'' deep inelastic scattering: a case for ''colour-filtered'' perturbation theory

Physics Letters B, (2000), 479, pp. 29-32. doi:10.1016/S0370-2693(00)00345-2