Mr Sean Cavany MSci PGCE

Research Degree Student in Infectious Disease Modelling

About Sean Cavany

Mathematical modelling of tuberculosis (TB) contact tracing


Sean M. Cavany is an MPhil/PhD candidate in infectious disease modelling, focussing on TB. His research centres around optimising contact tracing protocols for tuberculosis control in England, seeking to analyse TB surveillance data and use mathematical modelling to understand the impact of contact tracing upon TB transmission. He is a member of the Centre for the Mathematical Modelling of Infectious Diseases, the TB Centre, the TB modelling group and the Modelling and Economics Unit at Public Health England.

Sean was awarded an MSci in Mathematics from Imperial College London in 2008. He then trained as a mathematics teacher, and taught mathematics to secondary school and sixth form students (ages 11-18) for a number of years. Prior to beginning his PhD, he worked on a collaborative project between the Met Office and Public Health England to develop a heat wave and cold weather forecasting and alerts system.



Research areas

  • Disease control
  • Health care policy
  • Infectious disease policy
  • Modelling
  • Public health
  • Research : policy relationship
  • Social and structural determinants of health
  • Surveillance


  • Epidemiology
  • Mathematical modelling

Disease and Health Conditions

  • Infectious disease
  • Tuberculosis


  • Euro area
  • European Union
  • OECD members


  • United Kingdom

Other interests

  • Centre for the Mathematical Modelling of Infectious Diseases
  • Contact Tracing
  • Infectious Diseases
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