Short Biography

Map of Scotland showing the network of hospital connection inferred from patient transfers between hospitals

My research focuses on the understanding spread of infectious diseases using mathematical models, statistical modelling and Next Generation Sequencing. I am particular interested in the use of new techniques and technology to gain knowledge on the temporal and spatial spread of antibiotic resistance on all scales and gaining insights in how we can eliminate rabies by modelling (roaming) dog populations in countries where it is still endemic.

Using a combination of (experimental) data, mathematical modelling, statistical modelling and whole genome sequencing data, I hope to gain better understanding of, and insight in, the mechanisms that underlie (both spatial and temporal) spread of diseases.

I received my MSc in Biology from the University of Groningen, The Netherlands, after which I started as a PhD-student at the department of Quantitative Veterinary Epidemiology of Wageningen University and Central Veterinary Institute in Lelystad, where I researched the spread of pathogen between spatially separated hosts.



Academic Positions

  • 2022 - Present Core Scientist

    Mazeri Group
    Roslin Institute
    University of Edinburgh
    Edinburgh, Scotland

  • 2015 - 2022 Postdoctoral Research Fellow

    Epidemiology Research Group
    Usher Institute
    University of Edinburgh
    Edinburgh, Scotland

  • 2012-2015 Postdoctoral Research Fellow

    Epidemiology Research Group
    Centre for Immunity, Infection and Evolution
    University of Edinburgh
    Edinburgh, Scotland

  • 2007-2012 PhD-research

    Quantitative Veterinary Epidemiology
    Wageningen University & Research, Wageningen &
    Central Veterinary Institute, Lelystad
    The Netherlands

Selected Publications

A selection of past publications (not necessarily in chronological order).

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Segmentation and shielding of the most vulnerable members of the population as elements of an exit strategy from COVID-19 lockdown.

Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 376 : 20200275-20200275
Bram A.D. van Bunnik, Alex L.K. Morgan, Paul R. Bessell, Giles Calder-Gerver, Feifei Zhang, Samuel Haynes, Jordan Ashworth, Shengyuan Zhao, Nicola Rose Cave, Meghan R. Perry, Hannah C. Lepper, Lu Lu, Paul Kellam, Aziz Sheikh, Graham F. Medley & Mark E.J. Woolhouse.
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Quantifying the transmission of antimicrobial resistance at the human and livestock interface with genomics.

Clinical Microbiology and Infection. 2020.
Bryan A Wee, Dishon M Muloi, Bram A.D. van Bunnik.
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Global monitoring of antimicrobial resistance based on metagenomics analyses of urban sewage.

Nature Communications, 10: 12, 2019
Hendriksen, R. S.; Munk, P.; Njage, P.; van Bunnik, B.; McNally, L.; Lukjancenko, O.; Roder, T.; Nieuwenhuijse, D.; Pedersen, S. K.; Kjeldgaard, J.; Kaas, R. S.; Clausen, Ptlc; Vogt, J. K.; Leekitcharoenphon, P.; van de Schans, M. G. M.; Zuidema, T.; Husman, A. M. D.; Rasmussen, S.; Petersen, B.; Amid, C.; Cochrane, G.; Sicheritz-Ponten, T.; Schmitt, H.; Alvarez, J. R. M.; Aidara-Kane, A.; Pamp, S. J.; Lund, O.; Hald, T.; Woolhouse, M.; Koopmans, M. P.; Vigre, H.; Petersen, T. N.; Global Sewage, Surveillance and Aarestrup, F. M.
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Modelling the impact of curtailing antibiotic usage in food animals on antibiotic resistance in humans.

Royal Society Open Science, 4(4): 8, 2017
van Bunnik, B. A. D. and Woolhouse, M. E. J.
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