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Dr Lauren Attfield
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  • Post Graduate Teaching Assistant
  • Div of Biosciences
  • Faculty of Life Sciences

2017 - 2022: PhD in Public Health; "Mathematical modelling of the environmental and ecological drivers of zoonotic disease with an application to Lassa fever"

2013 - 2017: MMath in Mathematics, University of Oxford

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My PhD thesis 'Mathematical modelling of the environmental and ecological drivers of zoonotic disease with an application to Lassa fever', has been supervised by Prof Kate Jones and Prof Christl Donnelly. My research is funded through the QMEE (NERC) CDT, and takes place in a collaboration between Imperial College LondonUCL CBER and ZSL Institute of Zoology.

Through my research I have used mathematical modelling to incorporate reservoir host ecology into models of zoonotic disease (disease transmitted from animals to humans). By explicitly modelling demographic processes, I have produced data-driven models of the reservoir host which can be applied spatio-temporally to predict timing and size of peaks in Lassa fever risk across its range in West Africa based on climate and weather patterns. This has implications for short-term forecasting as well as long-term predictions of the effects of anthropogenic change on zoonotic disease risk.

Teaching Summary

Postgraduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Biosciences UCL; Quantitative Biology (2018), Methods in Ecology and Evolution (2019-2021), Science Communication (2021).

Demonstrator (marking), Department of Mathematics UCL.

Outreach with the Department of Mathematics and Mathematics in Education and Industry (MEI).

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