Jo Widdicombe is a post graduate researcher working in the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Surrey. Her PhD focuses on modelling the spatiotemporal transmission dynamics and risk of Cystic Echinococcosis in South America, a disease which exerts a substantial health and economic impact in both humans and the agricultural industry in the region. Disease modelling and economic evaluation will be combined to highlight the most cost-effective and sustainable control options for the disease. She is supervised by Dr Joaquín Prada, Prof. María-Gloria Basáñez, Dr Daniel Jackson, and Prof. Edmundo Larrieu. Prior to commencing her PhD, Jo completed a Bachelor of Veterinary Science (2007) and Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine (2011) from the Royal Veterinary College. She then went on to complete a Masters in International Animal Health at the University of Edinburgh (2016). She has worked as a Veterinary Surgeon in the UK, New Zealand and Hong Kong since qualifying. Her research interests are in animal health, neglected tropical diseases, mathematical modelling of infectious diseases, and the control of zoonotic diseases though a One Health approach.