Jamie Prentice

Research Fellow

Background

I am an applied mathematician specialising in epidemiology, modelling, and disease control.

 

My undergraduate degree was in Pure Mathematics at Edinburgh, after which I did an MSc in Quantitative Genetics & Genome Analysis, and then an MSc in Applied Mathematics at Heriot Watt.

 

Inspired by the biological modelling areas of Applied Maths I found my PhD, studying the effects of culling badgers and bovine tuberculosis, and how disease control could lead to an increase in BTB in sympatric cattle populations.

 

I then became a postdoc at Glasgow with the Institute of Biodiversity Animal Health & Comparative Medicine (IBAHCM). There I studied how movement based disease controls could counter-intuitively increase disease, how effective a novel vaccine would be for controlling E. coli

O157 in Scottish cattle herds, and modelled the genetics of drug resistant worms to investigate using refugia to optimise lifespan of anthelmintic drugs in the presence of anthelmintic resistance.

 

Here at Roslin I am working on quantifying genetic traits for disease transmission using pedigree and epidemic data.