I am a research associate at the University of Glasgow and within EPIC I investigate disease risks associated with animal movements (Topic 2). Originally, I am a computational linguist (MSc.) and cognitive psychologist (PhD.) with a particular interest in network dynamics. Before I started to work in EPIC 2 (January 2014), I used to work as a researcher at the Institute of Neuroscience and Psychology, University of Glasgow, where I also completed my PhD in 2013.
My research relates to the spread and transmission of infectious diseases through social contact networks. In particular, I investigate the risks and epidemiological implications associated with livestock movements (sheep / cattle) by integrating dynamic social network analysis, statistics, and infectious disease modeling. In addition to this, I will investigate the efficiency and epidemiological benefits of new sheep vaccines for potential implementation into Scotland’s sheep scab control programs(Topic 4). I am also involved in the development of a modeling resilience plan, which outlines procedures to ensure that modeling resources developed within EPIC will be maintained and are ready to use during an outbreak (Topic 1). In EPIC 2, I performed risk analyses of the sheep movement networks in Scotland as well as investigated the impact of changed standstill restrictions on a potential FMD outbreak. During the avian influenza outbreak in East Yorkshire (November 2014), I was responsible for analysing the poultry contact data and for assessing the risk of infection for Scotland through this contact network.
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