I'm a Senior Research Fellow and Co-director of the Boyd Orr Centre for Population and Ecosystem Health.
My interests lie in the application of quantitative tools to infectious disease data to understand of host-pathogen systems and inform disease control. Current areas of interest include:
* The role of individual variability (such as superspreading or genetic predisposition) in disease synamics and control.
* The sources of aggregation in host-parasite systems.
* The mathematics of diversity measures.
* Genetic susceptibility and selective breeding for disease control.
* Game theory and control planning.
Current projects and applications in these areas include the transmission and control of E. coli O157 in the cattle reservoir; the role of virulence factors in the epidemiology of non-O157 E. coli; the genetic epidemiology of resistance to sea-lice infection in salmon; the impact of selective breeding on MHC diversity; the identification of sources of aggregation in the sheep-nematode system systems; and the epidemiology and ecology of antimicrobial resistance.