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The Research Team
The Disease Dynamics research group at the
Department of Applied Mathematics and
Theoretical Physics (DAMTP) at the University of
Cambridge is headed by Dr Julia Gog and
specialises in the mathematics of infectious
diseases. It is also a part of the Cambridge
Infectious Diseases Consortium.
The research team and the Motivate team are
available by phone or email if further information
or support is required.
Dr Julia Gog is a lecturer in Applied Mathematics and Fellow of Queens'
College at the University of Cambridge. She is also a Royal Society University
Research Fellow. “I apply mathematics to help understand infectious disease.
Mainly this is by developing and exploring dynamical models, but I also have
some interest in bioinformatics. A particular theme running through my work
is bridging across different scales (be they temporal, spatial or
antigenic)...influenza has been a long-standing interest”.
Dr Ken Eames is a Lecturer at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical
Medicine. “My research concerns the mathematical modelling and
epidemiology of human infectious diseases spreading through social
networks. Measuring these networks is hard - often, it's not even clear which
interactions a network should include - so I develop methods that don't
require the complete network to be known. I also work on innovative ways
to measure networks, particularly those involving important population
subgroups such as school children. Recently I have been running national
surveillance systems to measure the impact of the swine flu pandemic,
looking at health-care seeking behaviour and changes in social activity as a
result of infection.”
Dr Andrew Conlan is a Research Associate with Cambridge
Infectious Diseases Consortium whose research interests include
the persistence of infectious disease and the link between
transmission mechanisms and epidemiological data. He has an
interest in Childhood Infectious Diseases, Campylobacter jejuni and
Bovine Tuberculosis.
Dr Joshua Ross is a Junior Research Fellow (King's College) at the
University of Cambridge. “I am a Mathematical Biologist specialising in
stochastic (random/probabilistic) ecological and epidemiological
modelling. I am particularly interested in the role of stochasticity in
population and disease dynamics and control, and in developing
methodology that allows the application of stochastic models to
environmental and epidemiological decision making.”
Dr Roberto Saenz is a Research Associate at the University of
Cambridge . His overall goal is to use mathematics as a tool to
understand and solve problems related to infectious diseases. His
current research is on mathematical models for the spread of the
influenza virus within an infected host. The effect of innate immunity,
adaptive immunity, spatial infection distribution, etc. are being
evaluated as control mechanisms of infection.
Johann von Kirchbach is a PhD student at the University of Cambridge.
“My research is mainly about the influenza virus. In particular I try to
use mathematical models in order go gain a better understanding of
the way the virus works inside the human cell and the mechanisms by
which it multiplies and spreads.”