I am a Senior Lecturer with the Department of Computing and Information Systems, at The University of Melbourne. Previously, I was an ARC DECRA Fellow with the Centre for Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, where I developed and applied computational models of infectious disease transmission and control. Before arriving in Melbourne, I worked at the School of Electronics and Computer Science, University of Southampton. I obtained my BSc (2001) and PhD (2006) in computer science at the School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, University of Queensland.
My current research interests are focused on computational (typically individual-based) models of the transmission and control of infectious diseases such as influenza, whooping cough and Ebola. I'm particularly interested in how rich computational models can capture the influence of demographic, behavioural and pathogenic heterogeneity on the spread of diseases, and the implications this has for how we try to control them. Related to this, I am currently a CI on a National Health & Medical Research Council Centre of Research Excellence on Policy-Relevant Infectious Disease Simulation and Mathematical Modelling.
More broadly, I am interested in the application of computational simulation models to the study of complex biological, social and artificial systems in general. Past areas of research interest have included the structure and dynamics of gene regulatory networks, the interplay between developmental and evolutionary processes, and the coevolution of state and topology in dynamic networks.