Professor Christl Donnelly

Professor of Statistical Epidemiology
c.donnelly [at]

Professor Donnelly's research programme brings together and develops statistical and biomathematical methods to analyse epidemiological patterns of infectious diseases. Along side an interest in a variety of disease she also has interests in ecology, conservation and animal welfare.

Christl uses rigorous parameter estimation and hypothesis testing to gain the robust insights from dynamical models of disease transmission, demography and interventions.

Her research programme aims to improve our understanding of (and ability to predict) the effect of interventions on infectious agent transmission dynamics and population structure. The ultimate goal is to make control strategies as effective as they can be. Without good estimates of epidemiological parameters and knowledge of the associated uncertainty in them, control programmes and preventive measures cannot be designed optimally nor evaluated appropriately.