Dr Sebastian Funk


Associate Professor
and Director of the Centre for the Mathematical Modelling of Infectious Diseases

Room 113

Keppel Street
United Kingdom

+44 (0)20 7927 2209

My current work is funded by an MRC Career Development Award in Biostatistics. Besides the Centre for the Mathematical Modelling of Infectious Diseases at the London School, I am affiliated with the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Princeton University. My background is in physics, and I did a PhD in Mathematical Biology in Vincent Jansen's group at Royal Holloway, University of London.



Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health
Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology


Mathematical Modelling of Infectious Diseases


My work revolves around mathematical models of infectious disease dynamics, with the goal of improving public health. I am interested in the emergence, evolution and spread of infectious diseases, with a particular interest in the dynamic interaction of diseases with behavioural, societal and environmental factors, as well as strategies for disease eradication.

Research Area
Statistical methods
Mathematical modelling
Disease and Health Conditions
Infectious disease
African trypanosomiasis
Emerging Infectious Disease

Selected Publications

Using network theory to identify the causes of disease outbreaks of unknown origin.
Bogich, T.L. ; Funk, S. ; Malcolm, T.R. ; Chhun, N. ; Epstein, J.H. ; Chmura, A.A. ; Kilpatrick, A.M. ; Brownstein, J.S. ; Hutchison, O.C. ; Doyle-Capitman, C. ; Deaville, R. ; Morse, S.S. ; Cunningham, A.A. ; Daszak, P. ;
J R Soc Interface
Word usage mirrors community structure in the online social network Twitter
Bryden, J. ; Funk, S. ; Jansen, V. A. A.
EPJ Data Science
Using the internet to estimate influenza vaccine effectiveness.
Edmunds, W.J. ; Funk, S. ;
Expert Rev Vaccines
Stability in flux: community structure in dynamic networks.
Bryden, J. ; Funk, S. ; Geard, N. ; Bullock, S. ; Jansen, V.A. ;
J R Soc Interface
Interacting epidemics on overlay networks.
Funk, S. ; Jansen, V.A. ;
Phys Rev E Stat Nonlin Soft Matter Phys
The spread of awareness and its impact on epidemic outbreaks.
Funk, S. ; Gilad, E. ; Watkins, C. ; Jansen, V.A. ;
Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A
See all Dr Sebastian Funk's Publications