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Mr William Leung

BSc MSc

Research Degree Student
of Epidemiology

LSHTM
15-17 Tavistock Place
London
WC1H 9SH
United Kingdom

I am a Bloomsbury funded PhD candidate interested in conducting One Health focused research. I hold an MSc in Veterinary Epidemiology jointly delivered between the LSHTM and Royal Veterinary College, and a BSc in Biomedical Science from the University of the West of England. 

Before joining the school in 2019, I worked as a molecular and cellular biologist at the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) conducting research on the host range and molecular epidemiology of a group of viruses (genus: Ranavirus) which threaten global amphibian biodiversity.

Affiliations

Faculty of Public Health and Policy
Department of Global Health and Development

Centres

Centre for the Mathematical Modelling of Infectious Diseases (CMMID)

Research

My PhD is focused around understanding how the transmission of infectious diseases is facilitated by livestock movements, and how the characterisation of livestock movement networks can inform optimal strategies of disease mitigation, control, and surveillance.   In particular, I aim to characterise the transmission dynamics of influenza A viruses among pig production areas in Cambodia. This will be informed by a) empirical characterisation of the live pig trading network using social network analysis (SNA) and network modelling, and b) mathematical modelling to assess the potential impacts of changing pig sector configurations (e.g. increased intensification), and different disease control interventions on influenza transmission dynamics.
Research Area
Statistical methods
Viruses
Agriculture
Disease control
Modelling
Discipline
Molecular epidemiology
Cell biology
Epidemiology
Genetics
GIS/Spatial analysis
Mathematical modelling
Molecular biology
Statistics
Disease and Health Conditions
Infectious disease
Emerging Infectious Disease
Influenza
Zoonotic disease
Coronavirus
Country
Cambodia
Region
East Asia & Pacific (developing only)

Selected Publications

Effects of historic and projected climate change on the range and impacts of an emerging wildlife disease.
Price SJ; Leung WTM; Owen CJ; Puschendorf R; Sergeant C; Cunningham AA; Balloux F; Garner TWJ; Nichols RA
2019
Global change biology
Host Microbiome Richness Predicts Resistance to Disturbance by Pathogenic Infection in a Vertebrate Host
Harrison XA; Price SJ; Hopkins K; Leung WTM; Sergeant C; Garner TWJ
2017
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
A quantitative-PCR based method to estimate ranavirus viral load following normalisation by reference to an ultraconserved vertebrate target
Leung WTM; Thomas-Walters L; Garner TWJ; Balloux F; Durrant C; Price SJ
2017
Journal of Virological Methods
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