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An Interdisciplinary Research Centre at the University of Cambridge

Epidemiology and Mathematical Modelling provide vital mathematical and statistical tools to study the spatial spread of epidemics in populations.

Mathematics and simulation are essential tools in infectious disease control, enabling decision-makers to explore control policies before implementing them, interpret trends, and predict emerging threats. Over recent years technological advances and worldwide efforts are speeding up developments towards better global surveillance for combating pandemics of emergent and re-emergent infectious diseases. Here at Cambridge our researchers, extending from medicine and molecular biology to computer science and applied mathematics, are teaming up to develop new models and applied tools for rapid assessment of potentially urgent situations.

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Research groups are found across several university departments and local research institutes, and include:


PhD Student, at the Department of Veterinary Medicine
Epidemiological and Mathematical Modelling, Disease Dynamics Unit
Emergency medicine doctor
Department of Sociology, University of Cambridge
Graduate Student Researcher at MRC Biostatistics Unit
I am a medical doctor and a graduate student in Population Health sciences, specializing in Infectious Diseases.
Dr Stephen  Baker
Department of Medicine, CITIID.
Molecular microbiologist; enteric infections in developing countries with an emphasis on Norovirus, Shigella spp. and Salmonella Typhi.
Dr Anna  Barford
Senior Research Associate, Bye Fellow at Murray Edwards College
Intersection of economy, society and policy; previously health focus on the ‘Humanitarian Crises, Population Displacement and Epidemic Diseases, 1901-2010’ project.
Postdoctoral Fellow, Parasites and Microbes Programme, Wellcome Sanger Institute
Molecular Microbiology, Bioinformatics, Phylogenetics, Phylodynamics, Molecular/Genomic Epidemiology, Genomic Surveillance. Sexually Transmitted Infections, Neglected Tropical Diseases, Global Health.
Dr Paul  Birrell
Senior Statistician in the Statistics, Modelling, and Economics Department in the National Infection Service of Public Health England.
Development of real-time systems for the tracking of pandemic influenza outbreaks.
Visiting worker at Prog De Angelis' group.
PhD Student at MRC Biostatistics Unit – Theme: Statistical methods Using data Resources to improve Population Health (SURPH)
 David  Burke
Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Zoology
Computational approaches to understand the relationship between protein sequence, protein structure and biological function and disease.
Assistant Professor at Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge
I work on computational methods for inference problems, including models of things (i.e. disease) spreading across networks.
 Matt  Castle
Head of Bioinformatics Training Facility, Department of Genetics
Dr Chrispin  Chaguza
Wellcome Sanger Institute
Molecular epidemiology and evolution of bacterial pathogens particularly Streptococcus pneumoniae
 Goylette   Chami
Department of Land Economy.
Economics of Infectious Disease including strategic epidemiology, social experiments, atefactual experiments, and mass drug administration for disease control.
Dr Ruchi   Chauhan
Research Facilitator, Cambridge Academy of Therapeutic Sciences
Facilitates research activities between academic and industry partners via funded exchange programs, educational.
Professor P John Clarkson
Department of Engineering
Engineering design: including process management, change management, healthcare design and inclusive design.
Research Assistant at Department of Veterinary Medicine
Dr Andrew  Conlan
University Senior Lecturer in Epidemiology
+44 (0) 1223 764031
 Laura  Cooper
Exploring the potential for serogroup replacement following the introduction of MenAfriVac in the African meningitis belt
Dr Nik  Cunniffe
Department of Plant Sciences
Mathematical modelling of the spread, detection, evolution and control of crop and tree diseases.
Dr Daniela  De Angelis
Programme leader
Statistical methods in epidemic modelling
Dr Richard  Dybowski
Senior Research Associate (Mathematical & Computational Biology), Department of Chemistry
AI Researcher & Mathematical Modeller
+44 1223 339381
Dr. Judith M. Fonville
MRC Fellow in Biomedical Informatics
Junior Research Fellow at Homerton College
 Samuel   Forster
CJ Martin Biomedical Research Fellow, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute
Sam's work combines microbiology, immunology and computational analysis to interactions between the microbiota and pathogen
Postdoctoral Scientist at Language Technology Lab
Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, University of Cambridge
Professor Chris  Gilligan
Department of Plant Sciences
Epidemiological modelling to predict the spread of plant disease epidemics and to identify and optimise economically and ecologically sustainable strategies for disease management.
Dr Effrossyni  Gkrania - Klotsas
A consultant in infectious diseases with an interest in primary and secondary immunodeficiencies and transplantation.
 Emma  Glennon
Department of Veterinary Medicine
Graduate Student
Disease dynamics and ecological drivers, particularly of bat-borne viruses and other emerging pathogens.
Professor Julia  Gog
Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics (DAMTP)
Mathematics of infectious diseases,viral bioinformatics,influenza modelling
Dr Andrew James Grant
Department of Veterinary Medicine
Host-pathogen interactions and the molecular basis of virulence.
Gates Cambridge PhD student in the Disease Dynamics group of DAMTP, interested in mathematical evolutionary epidemiology of infectious diseases.
Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics (DAMTP)
PhD Student, Department of Veterinary Medicine
Infectious disease modelling and policy
Everitt Butterfield Fellow in Emerging Infectious Diseases
Department of Veterinary Medicine
Centre for the Study of Existential Risk
Interested in infectious diseases; epidemiology; global health; outbreak response; surveillance
Professor Mark A Holmes
Professor in Microbial Genomics & Veterinary Science
Director of Studies in Clinical Veterinary Medicine (Churchill College)
+44 1223 337636
Postdoctoral Researcher at Department of Genetics
Salje's group
 Sophie  Ip
Graduate Student: Working on mathematical and computational modelling of systems in immunology.
 Sarah  James
Part Time Research Associate, Department of Zoology
Dr Freya  Jephcott
Postdoctoral Research Associate at Centre for the Study of Existential Risk
Research Fellow (JRF) in Emerging Infectious Diseases, Department of Veterinary Medicine
Outbreak surveillance and response systems, particularly those in Sub-Saharan Africa.
PhD Student at Restif Group, Department of Veterinary Medicine
PhD student, MRC Biostatistics Unit
 Andromachi  Karachaliou
PhD Student
Using mathematical models to evaluate and inform immunisation strategies with MenAfriVac in the African meningitis belt
 Venetia   Karamitsou
Mathematical models for the evolution of influenza that link the within- and between-host scales
 Stephen   Kissler
PhD candidate studying the population dynamics of pandemic influenza
Dr Petra  Klepac
AXA Research Fund Fellow
Professor Andreas   Kontoleon
Public policy evaluation; Health economics
Group Leader at European Bioinformatics Institute - EBI EMBL
PhD Student at European Bioinformatics Institute EBI-EMBL
Lees Group (Pathogen Informatics and Modelling)
Genomic epidemiology, mathematical models for pathogen transmission and evolution.
Dr Alison   Mather
Group Leader at Quadram Institute
Epidemiology, evolution and dynamics of foodborne and zoonotic bacteria, with a particular focus on antimicrobial resistance (AMR)
Senior Staff Scientist, at Pathogens and Microbes, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute
Dr. Piers D Mitchell
Runs the Cambridge Ancient Parasites Laboratory
Senior Research Associate, McDonald Institute, Department of Archaeology
Hospital Consultant (specialist) in NHS
 Ana   Mosterin
Research associate and administrator in the Pathogen Evolution group, Department of Zoology
Influenza, vaccines
Professor Elizabeth  Murchison
Professor of comparative oncology and genetics
 Valentina  Ndolo
Studying the spatial distribution of anthrax in Uganda using ecological niche modelling.
PhD Student, Smith group, Department of Zoology
I use computational methods to study vaccines against evolving viruses (SARS-CoV-2, Influenza)
Research Associate at MRC Biostatistics Unit, University of Cambridge
PhD Student, Epidemiological and Mathematical Modelling
Department of Veterinary Medicine
 Rosalind   Parkes-Ratanshi
My interests are sustainability of HIV services in Africa, fungal infections in Uganda and HIV/STI management
Research Associate at De Angelis group, MRC Biostatistics Unit, University of Cambridge
MD, consultant in Public Health
Pathogen Dynamics Group, Department of Genetics, University of Cambridge
PhD student at Big Data Institute, University of Oxford
Dr Anne   Presanis
Investigator Statistician
in the "Statistical methods in epidemic modelling" programme
MRC Biostatistics Unit
Dr Claire  Raisen
Department of Veterinary Medicine
Postdoctoral Research Associate assisting Professor Mark Holmes
Dr Olivier  Restif
Senior Lecturer in Epidemiology
Fellow of Robinson College
PhD Student at Salje's group, Department of Genetics
Impact assessment of public health interventions
Visiting Fellow, Hughes Hall, University of Cambridge
Dr.  Manjinder  Sandhu
Population based, public health and genetic epidemiology studies of chronic infectious and non-infectious diseases.
PhD Student at MRC Biostatistics Unit
Postdoctoral Fellow at Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute
Dr Jordan  Skittrall
Clinical Lecturer in Virology, Department of Pathology
Mathematical analyses of viral genomic data to predict function and drug targets
Professor Derek  Smith
Department of Zoology
Evolution and population dynamics of antigenically variable pathogens, particularly influenza viruses but also malaria, HIV, and HCV.
Senior Research Associate at Centre for the Study of Existential Risk
 Maria  Tang
PhD Student, Department of Applied Maths and Theoretical Physics
Mathematical modelling of population dynamics of infectious diseases such as influenza
 Gerry   Tonkin-Hill
WSI/Department of Veterinary Medicine
PhD Student
Applied statisticianinvestigating transmission in endemic diseases such as Streptococcus pneumoniae
Professor of Economics and Public Policy
Dr Caroline  Trotter
Professor of Global Health, Department of Veterinary Medicine
Director of Cambridge-Africa, Department of Pathology
Honorary Epidemiologist at UKHSA
Fellow at Hughes Hall
Dr Sina   Tureli
Research Associate, Department of Zoology
Mathematical modelling of biological systems, dynamical systems
Dr Lin  Wang
Research associate, Department of Genetics
Research Associate studying the impact of antigenic and genetic diversity of dengue virus (DENV) on driving DENV's transmission and disease risks.
Dr Lucy  Weinert
Wellcome Trust and Royal Society Henry Dale Fellow
Principal Investigator
01223 766247
 John  Welch
Molecular evolution of pathogens
 Katriina   Willgert
BBSRC PhD student
Infectious disease dynamics at the human-animal interface
Professor James  Wood
Department of Veterinary Medicine
Veterinarian, epidemiology with interests in the infection dynamics and control of zoonotic diseases in Africa and globally.
Dr Eiko   Yoneki
Digital Epidemiology: Modelling of Epidemic Spread using Human Mobility Data from Sensors and Mobile-Phones