Dr Gianni Lo Iacono
Gianni is a theoretical physicist/mathematical modeller working at the interface between mathematics physics and ecology and biology. His initial research focused on physics of turbulence, insect dispersal and then epidemiology studying evolution of pathogen in response to crop resistance. His multidisciplinary research broadly concentrates on the impact of the environment on the spread/emergence of infectious diseases with special interest in vector-borne and zoonotic diseases (e.g. Rift Valley fever, Lassa fever and gastrointestinal diseases of zoonotic origin). His recent research also focuses on the impact of the environment on the dynamics of microbial communities to investigate the emergence of antimicrobial resistance.