Broadly, my field of study is in mathematical biology. More specifically, I have concentrated my research career thus far on infectious diseases in both human and animal populations. Infectious disease modelling can play an important role in predicting, managing and preventing disease outbreaks. My interests lie using mathematical models to help us learn more about the world we live in, employing a range of mathematical techniques.
My interest in studying mathematical biology, specifically infectious diseases, developed during my undergraduate degree. My MMath projects included a spatial model of disease in a population with both local and long-distance travel and a model considering the possible social reaction to the introduction of an AIDs vaccine into a population. I pursued my interest in modelling infectious diseases with my Ph.D., when I worked on models of human papillomavirus in a population. This work was extremely topical, with the introduction of a nationwide vaccination campaign for 12-18 year old girls in the U.K. in 2008. My research dealt both with the optimal way to introduce vaccination into the population and also with the role of human behaviour in its ultimate success.
During my postdoctoral fellowship, I switched to an ecological system, modelling avian influenza in wild bird populations. I employed a range of techniques, using both deterministic and stochastic models, and explored transmission dynamics among multiple hosts.