I am a research assistant at the MRC Centre for Outbreak Analysis and Modelling, in the Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology. My interests lie in developing mathematical models to understand the impact of biological mechanisms driving infection and clearance within the host. As part of the Wellcome Trust Collaborative Award project "The evolution of influenza virus: studies of within host and between host evolution to improve pandemic risk assessment and vaccine updates", we are developing a framework integrating replicative and transmission fitness to predict the pandemic potential of an influenza strain. My role in this project involves determining the replicative fitness of influenza strains by fitting viral dynamics models to laboratory data.
I undertook my PhD studies at the School of Mathematics and Statistics at The University of Melbourne. My PhD analysed the effects of different components of the immune response on within-host influenza infection. I was awarded a Victoria Fellowship for 2015.