Dr Petra Klepac
of Infectious Disease Modelling
I have a diploma (masters equivalent) in Biology from the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, University of Zagreb. My PhD is in Biological Oceanography from MIT/WHOI Joint Program where I first worked on mathematical ecology and then on mathematical epidemiology of infectious diseases in marine mammals.
I teach on both the modelling short course and the MSc module.
My research lies on the interface of epidemiology, economics, ecology and mathematics. Designing effective and successful strategies for control of infectious diseases requires understanding of underlying mechanisms that drive the transmission dynamics. These include the interdependence of epidemic and demographic processes, seasonality in host and pathogen populations, interaction of host immunity and pathogen evolution, and the role of spatial structure, human mobility and regional connectivity. With a highly interdisciplinary approach, I use mathematical models to investigate how these factors influence optimal strategies for control of infectious diseases.