Dr Paddy Brock
- Research Associate (Institute of Biodiversity Animal Health and Comparative Medicine)
I'm interested in quantitative approaches to understanding disease transmission, particularly in multi-host systems that involve wildlife. Currently, I work on an ESEI-funded project on the zoonotic malaria Plasmodium knowlesi, for which we are integrating analysis tools from ecology and epidemiology.
Previously, I used statistical and mechanistic models to assess transmission-blocking interventions for malaria, looking at how they are influenced by parasite density. I also investigated the dynamics of co-infection between HIV and HPV (human papillomavirus), and the implications of these for the effectiveness of public health interventions.
I maintain an interest in the study of immunity in an ecological context, as an example of how individual-level variation can influence population-level disease risk. I explored this, and related issues, in the Galapagos sea lion (below) during my PhD, and continue to collaborate with the Galapagos National Park on ways to incorporate research findings into conservation management programmes.
I’m enthusiastic about science communication as a way to engage non-specialists and young people, and to help scientists develop interdisciplinary dialogue. I enjoy talking to school groups, and was a winning participant in the Wellcome Trust-funded school outreach programme I’m a Scientist, Get me out of here.
I’m also keen on the development of software tools for engagement: on World Health Day (below) we built an interactive app in Shiny to communicate the results of mathematical models to NGOs and MPs at the Houses of Parliament.