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Dr Alex Best - Infectious Disease Dynamics Group
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Research
I am a mathematical biologist - that is, I use maths to understand interesting questions in biology. The research in my group focusses on infectious diseases in ecological populations, thinking about how diseases spread and how they evolve. We develop mathematical models to investigate these issues, and work closely with experimental biologists to ensure our work is biologically relevant. In particular, we are interested in:
  • how ecology shapes the co-evolution of hosts and their parasites;

  • how ecological complexity (spatial population structure, variable environments, community interactions) impacts disease dynamics at both ecological and evolutionary scales.

Simulation of disease spread - red=infectious, blue=healthy, black=empty space.

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Contact Me
Alex Best
School of Mathematics & Statistics
University of Sheffield
Hicks Building
Office G27b
Email: a.best@shef.ac.uk