Dr Gianluigi Rossi

Senior Research Fellow

Contact details



The Roslin Institute
Easter Bush Campus

Post code
EH25 9RG


I am a disease ecologist, modeller and epidemiologist. I obtained a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Environmental Sciences at the University of Parma (Italy). I then joined the Ph.D. program in Population and Disease Ecology, again in Parma, and my research was aimed to understand the role of cattle and veterinarian movements in potentially spread infectious diseases in the Emilia-Romagna Region dairy system, including assessing the surveillance for bovine tuberculosis. After obtaining my Ph.D. in 2015, I moved to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (IL, USA) to conduct my postdoctoral research. In 2017, I moved to the University of Edinburgh and Roslin Institute to work on the spread of bovine tuberculosis in badger and cattle. I joined EPIC in 2021, and since then I have been working in several areas, mainly: developing phylogenetic analyses, using environmental, genetic, and movement data, to infer pathogen transmission patterns; assessing cattle and pigs movements and other potential transmission pathways (i.e. fomites, wildlife); diseases surveillance.

Responsibilities & affiliations

Future leader for EPIC Challenge 3: Improving veterinary surveillance to detect and reduce animal and zoonotic disease threats

Research summary

My main research interest is modelling infectious diseases spread in livestock system and at the interface between livestock and wildlife, in order to improve disease surveillance and control. I use a combination of quantitative tools, including mathematical and statistical modelling, machine learning, networks, and phylogenetics analyses.

Current research interests

Pathogens spreading at the interface between livestock and wildlife; African swine fever modelling and phylogenetic; modelling surveillance systems in livestock; data-driven tools to support animal health and disease control.

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