Research of the Quantitative Veterinary Epidemiology Group

The research of the group focuses on the development of transmission models for infectious agents in livestock, wild animals, companion animals, and humans in which knowledge from theoretical biology, veterinary science, animal science, epidemiology, ecology, mathematics and statistics are integrated. Such models are supported with data from laboratory and field studies.

Understanding mechanisms of transmission and infectious disease management in animals are the two main motivations of our work and play a role in each of our research projects.

Current PhD projects

PhD student PhD project
You Chang Spatial modelling of Bovine tuberculosis in multi-host disease dynamics in Republic of Ireland
Ann Barber Quantifying the spatio-temporal heterogeneity in Mycobacterium bovis transmission in a multi-host system (badgers and cattle) in the Republic of Ireland, with and without vaccination of badgers
Dries Hulst Integration of quantitative genetic and quantitative epidemiological theory to enhance genetic improvement of animal health
Wouter Lokhorst Tracking and tackling goat farm-associated pneumonia through metagenomics
Renate Hakze-van der Honing Hepatitis E virus infection, molecular epidemiology and transmission in swine, human, wild boar and the environment
Victoria Iriarte Barbosa Towards a status of foot-and-mouth disease free, without vaccination. Considering risks of reintroduction, emergency preparedness and economic factors to stop vaccination
Marieke de Cock Developing evidence-based surveillance for emerging rat-borne zoonoses in changing environments
Tinka Jelsma Natural Casings: inactivation of porcine viruses
Mariken de Wit Arbovirus emergence and spread on a national and international scale: insights from data-driven modelling for detection and control
Kiki Streng Arbovirus surveillance in livestock
Luca Bordes Ex vivo models to determine genetic virulence factors of avian influenza virus
Achmad Fadillah Monitoring and Surveillance of Milk Quality and Animal Diseases in Indonesian Dairy Herds
Okta Wismandanu Utilization of big data analysis on Bovine Viral Diarrhoea infections in Dutch and Indonesian dairy herds
Joseph Oundo Unravelling the epidemiology of tick-borne diseases in livestock and the potential impact of a novel bio-pesticides in coastal Kenya
Clara Delacroix Anticipating future mosquito-borne disease outbreaks
Afonso Dimas Martins Tools to explore risk of emergence of vector-borne diseases in ecosystems
Marina Meester Hepatitis E virus intervention in primary pig production