Raphaelle Metras DrVetMed MSc PhD

Research Fellow Epidemiology


I am a veterinary epidemiologist, with specific interests in vector-borne and zoonotic diseases. My current work focuses on modelling the dynamics underlying Rift Valley fever virus emergence.

I am funded by a Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellowship. I am affiliated to the Centre for the Mathematical Modelling of Infectious Diseases at LSHTM, and I work with Prof. John Edmunds (LSHTM), Dr Eric Cardinale (CRVOI-CIRAD, La Reunion, France) and Prof. Matt Keeling (University of Warwick, UK).

I completed my veterinary studies in 2002 (Veterinary School of Lyon, France), with a specialisation in Tropical Veterinary Medicine (2006). Between 2007 and 2013, I was trained and got professional experience in Veterinary Epidemiology, as a research assistant at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC, London UK), and by graduating with a MSc (2007) and a PhD in Veterinary Epidemiology (2013, RVC/LSHTM, Prof D. Pfeiffer, Dr R. White and Dr L. Collins). I also worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Scientific Interchange (ISI Foundation, Turin, Italy).




I am co-Module Organiser of the Distance Learning Course "Modelling and the Dynamics of Infectious diseases".


My research interests focus on getting a better understanding of the mechanisms of emergence an persistence of zoonotic and vector-borne diseases. In terms of methodology, my expertise lies within a spectrum from data collection as part of epidemiological field investigations (domestic and wild animals), to advanced statistical analyses, such as Bayesian spatial statistics, and mathematical modelling. Before starting this postdoctoral position, I’ve been involved in research projects on animal African trypanosomosis in Burkina Faso; in highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N1 in Africa and South-east Asia; in European Bats Lyssavirus in Spain; and finally in Rift Valley fever in South Africa.

To see my publications: PubMed

Research areas

  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Public health
  • Risk
  • Spatial analysis
  • Viruses


  • Epidemiology
  • Statistics
  • Vector biology
  • Virology

Disease and Health Conditions

  • African trypanosomiasis
  • Influenza
  • Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs)
  • Vector borne disease
  • Zoonotic disease


  • South Asia
  • Sub-Saharan Africa (all income levels)


  • Burkina Faso
  • Comoros
  • Ghana
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • South Africa
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam
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