I am professor of statistical epidemiology and genomics at the University of Warwick. I share my time equally between the School of Life Sciences and the Department of Statistics. I am also a member of the Zeeman Institute for Systems Biology & Infectious Disease Epidemiology Research (SBIDER).
I lead the Health Protection Research Unit in Genomics and Enabling Data which is funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) from 2020 to 2025. This project is a partnership between the University of Warwick and the UK Health Security Agency, in collaboration with the Centre for Genomic Pathogen Surveillance and the University of Cambridge. Our aim is to provide the methodological backbone required to improve national public health using large scale genomic and epidemiological data.
Before taking my current appointment at the University of Warwick, I was based in the Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology at Imperial College London where I was a theme leader of the NIHR Health Protection Research Unit in Modelling Methodology.
I studied for my doctorate in the Department of Statistics at the University of Oxford, and did postdoctoral work at the Universities of Warwick and Oxford. Click here for more details about my background.
My research is concerned with understanding the way bacterial pathogens evolve, spread and cause disease. I have analysed both epidemiological and genomic data from a wide range of bacteria. Click here for more information about my research. My work often requires to develop new statistical methods of analysis, which I release as open source software in the hope that they will be useful to other researchers. Click here for a list of free software tools I have developed or contributed to. My list of publications is available on this page and also on Google Scholar.