I obtained a BSc (Hons) in mathematics in 2008 at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow and a Ph.D. in 2012 in Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Strathclyde Glasgow. My Ph.D. thesis focused the development and analysis of mathematical models for the spread of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection amongst people who inject drugs (PWID) in Glasgow. After completing my Ph.D. in 2012, I took up a postdoctoral research position in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Strathclyde University.
My primary research interests are centred on the mathematical and statistical modelling of infectious diseases. In particular, my recent work, which has involved close collaboration with various researchers and other health care professionals at Health Protection Scotland and leading academic and public health institutions, has focused on HCV, HIV and influenza.
My work on HCV involved a systematic review and meta-analysis which examined the spread and treatment of HCV among PWID in low- to middle-income countries. This work was then used to inform the World Health Organisation’s guideline on the treatment of HCV in these countries, a brand new set of guidelines published in 2014.
My HIV work has focused on the development of deterministic and stochastic models to predict the future number of HIV-positive people who are in contract with HIV specialist care services and receiving treatment. This project provided health care professionals and policy makers with information that is fundamental to the planning, development and delivery of HIV prevention and treatment services.
My influenza related research uses linear and non-linear statistical modelling techniques to evaluate the population effectiveness of the national seasonal influenza vaccination programme in Scotland. This work is key to benchmarking the current benefits of the Scottish influenza vaccination programme before it is fully extended to children of school age.
In addition to my research duties, I am involved in the day to day running of SMART, the consultancy and CPD training unit based in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. This unit provides expert advice, support and analyis to industrial, public sector and academic partners regarding the collection, processing, analysis and presentation of data, as well as the building of mathematical and statistical models to support these activities. The unit also offers a range of CPD training courses which cover a range of topics and abilities. I am also involved in the design and delivery of a number of undergraduate/ postgraduate courses in statistics and computer programming. FOr more information on SMART please see http://www.strath.ac.uk/mathstat/smart/