Welcome to the Epidemiology Research Group

Our research interests concern the dynamics of infections of animals and humans at different scales, from the interaction of a parasite or virus with host cells through to global estimates of disease burden. This research involves the close integration of field studies, laboratory experiments and theoretical analyses and draws on collaborations between epidemiologists, mathematical biologists, geneticists, molecular biologists, immunologists and others. We work on a variety of infectious disease systems ranging from prion diseases to viruses (including SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19), bacteria, protozoa and helminths. The common theme is the development of a formal, quantitative understanding of the dynamics of parasites and pathogens within hosts and host populations with particular emphasis on informing the design of disease control programmes.

Epigroup is located in the Ashworth Laboratories at the University of Edinburgh's Kings Buildings site and is affiliated with the Usher Institute.