Dr Luca Nelli
- Teaching Fellow (MVLS Education Hub)
- Lecturer (Infectious Disease Ecology)
2021 - present: Teaching Fellow. College of Medical, Veterinary & Life Sciences. University of Glasgow.
2016 - present: Research Associate. School of Biodiversity, One Health & Veterinary Medicine. University of Glasgow.
2013-2015: Postdoctoral Research Fellow. Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences. University of Pavia (Italy).
2009-2012: PhD in Experimental Ecology, University of Pavia (Italy).
I am a quantitative ecologist with research interests spanning form ecology to epidemiology, and their interface in the field of public health, One Health and wildlife conservation.
My key interest is the use of appropriate spatio-temporal statistical methods to make inference from imperfect and opportunistic data (such as citizen science data or passive case detection from health surveillance systems) in wildlife conservation and public health.
Currently, my main research project is embedded in a cross-disciplinary USAID funded project (STOP Spillover), working with in-country stakeholders to understand and address the threats posed by zoonotic viral diseases and reduce the risk of viral spillover and spread.
As a parallel project, I am collaborating with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine on a research programme funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, entitled “Freedom from Infection – Confirming the Interruption of Malaria Transmission (FREEDOM)”. The programme seeks to investigate whether tools developed for confirming the absence of infection in veterinary epidemiology can be applied to malaria, and will provide key evidence as to whether and how these tools can be best used to guide decision-making when driving towards and confirming malaria elimination.
In addition, I am involved in different collaborative projects on ecology and epidemiology of vector-borne diseases in South Saharan Africa (primarily Burkina Faso, Tanzania and Kenya), where I collaborate with local scientists focusing on spatio-temporal analyses of vector-borne disease ecology.
On occasion, I am involved in other collaborative projects on habitat selection, species distribution and connectivity models of a range of taxa such as insects, birds, fishes and mammals.
Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=lPuGm8YAAAAJ&hl=en
Grants and Awards listed are those received whilst working with the University of Glasgow.
- Assessing the risk of insect vector-borne diseases in Scotland and their response to environmental change.
UK Research and Innovation
2023 - 2026
- Optimizing strategies for Flavivirus surveillance
The Royal Society
2022 - 2024
- KAHAMBA, NAJAT FERUZI
Dry season ecology of Anopheles funestus in Tanzania