Dr Danny Scarponi


Research Fellow
in Infectious Disease Epidemiology

Keppel Street
United Kingdom

I have a BSc and an MSc in Mathematics from the University of Pisa. My PhD, at the University of Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier, was on arithmetic geometry. More specifically, I investigated effective forms of the Manin-Mumford conjecture and realizations of the abelian polylogarithm.


Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health
Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology


Centre for the Mathematical Modelling of Infectious Diseases (CMMID)
TB Centre


In the past few years I have taught mathematics extensively, both at sixth form and university level. 

I held tutorials for Calculus (University of California - Berkeley), Further Mathematical Methods (London School of Economics and Political Science), Groups and Group Actions, Integration, Linear Algebra, Algebraic Geometry (University of Oxford). At the Univeristy of Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier I gave lectures and tutorials for two mathematics and statistics courses for first-year Natural Sciences students.

I hold a PGCE from Kingston University and I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


I work with Nicky McCreesh and Richard White on the calibration of complex individual based stochastic models. In particular I am involved in the project to develop a history matching and model emulation R package.

Before coming to LSHTM I did research in pure mathematics. My research focused on the geometry and the arithmetic of abelian varieties. By generalizing to higher dimensions a result on the sparsity of p-divisible unramified liftings which played a crucial role in Raynaud's proof of the Manin-Mumford conjecture for curves, I found a bound for the number of irreducible components of the first critical scheme of subvarieties of an abelian variety which are complete intersections. I also worked with Arakelov geometry, which I used to show that the realisation of the abelian polylogarithm in analytic Deligne cohomology can be described in terms of the Bismut-Köhler higher analytic torsion form of the Poincaré bundle.

Mathematical modelling
Disease and Health Conditions
Infectious disease
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