Friday, 14 February 2014

Focus on Manoj Gambhir

The School of Public Health has welcomed Associate Professor Manoj Gambhir to head its newly re-established Epidemiological Modelling Unit.
Manoj has worked at the US Federal Government Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) based in Atlanta, where he helped create the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD) Modelling Unit. His work there involved him in a range of dramatic health events as well as public health analysis, modelling for research and policy and collaboration with US government agencies, academics and the wider community on policy advice. He was also involved in education and training of CDC staff in mathematical modelling of infectious diseases.

Manoj’s early career at Imperial College London led him into the field of epidemiology, and in particular to infectious disease epidemiology. Since then he has been involved in modelling and forecasting for policy in such diverse areas as neglected tropical diseases, HIV Aids and infectious diseases including influenza, pertussis, mumps, measles, rabies and cholera.

As well as becoming a quantitative modelling resource for SPHPM, Manoj’s team will investigate new modelling approaches, including individual based models and machine learning-based parameter estimation methods.

Manoj is also looking forward to recruiting enthusiastic and interested PhD students!

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