Organisation profile

The Eco-modelling Unit aims to conduct innovative research in the field of mathematical modelling of dynamic biological systems.

Building deterministic, stochastic, individual-based and Bayesian models, we try to understand disease dynamics and interactions at the human-animal-ecosystem interface, in order to improve disease prevention and control.

Microparasites characterised by strong ‘mass action’ (among which: directly transmittable viruses) and weak(er) mass action (vector-borne diseases) are covered.

Research spans from the pathogen interactions within individual hosts, to the dynamics of pathogens and their vectors across time-space scales, to the eco-epidemiology of infectious diseases at population-level, including the impact of ecological change and of interventions.

Additionally, key questions in evolutionary ecology of infectious diseases are addressed, including the evolution of virulence and host specificity, as well as host/pathogen community conditions shaping the likelihood of pathogen spill-over events.

Dieter Heylen has been recently appointed as Associate Professor and will expand his research team during the coming years. 

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