Dr Gianluigi Rossi

I am a disease ecologist and epidemiologist working on pathogens of livestock and wildlife. My research has been mostly quantitative, involving the use of mathematical modelling, network analysis, machine learning and statistical modelling to disentangle the transmission of infectious diseases in animals and humans. Recently I started using pathogen’s genomic data to improve our understanding of infectious diseases outbreaks.

I completed my Ph.D. in Ecology at the University of Parma in 2015, and after a period working for the Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale della Lombardia e dell’Emilia-Romagna, I moved to the University of Illinois for a 2-year postdoc. There my research focused on between-farm potentially infectious contacts, including the movements of animals for trade, to and from pastures, and personnel visits. In 2017 I moved to the RDSVS and Roslin Institute of the University of Edinburgh, to work with Rowland Kao on the spread of bovine tuberculosis between cattle and badgers. From 2020 I also worked on the spread of SARS-CoV-2 in Scotland, including the analysis of wastewater data.

I joined EPIC in 2021, and here my objective is to continue my research on disease transmission at the interface of livestock and wildlife. I am using state-of-the-art and developing ad-hoc modelling and genomic techniques. The ultimate aim is to provide the Scottish Government with tools for emerging diseases preparedness, while maximising surveillance and control practices effectiveness.


Phylodynamic analysis of an emergent Mycobacterium bovis outbreak in an area with no previously known wildlife infections. G. Rossi, J. Crispell,T. Brough, S.J. Lycett, P.C.L. White, A. Allen, R.J. Ellis, S.V. Gordon, R. Harwood, E. Palkopoulou, E.L. Presho, R. Skuce, G.C. Smith, R.R. Kao

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