the centre for the mathematical modelling of infectious diseases

Applications now open for fully funded PhD studentships in CMMID.

The Centre for the Mathematical Modelling of Infectious Diseases at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) is a multidisciplinary grouping of epidemiologists, mathematicians, economists, statisticians and clinicians from across all three faculties of LSHTM. Its aim is to serve as an international centre for research and teaching of models for infectious disease dynamics to improve public health worldwide.


Our research focuses on understanding and predicting the epidemiology of infectious diseases so that more effective control programmes can be devised. Researchers are developing and applying mathematical models to a range of infections including HIV and other sexually transmitted infections, HPV, tuberculosis, hepatitis C, influenza, rotavirus, measles, varicella, pneumococcal disease, various neglected tropical diseases and Ebola.

More fundamental research includes developing methods to measure underlying contact patterns, sampling hard-to-reach populations (such as drug users), efficiently fitting complex mathematical models to data, and the integration of epidemiological models with economic analyses. We run the flusurvey, an online influenza surveillance platform. The cmmid is actively engaged in developing links with other modelling groups; members of the cmmid include mathematical modellers working at Public Health England (formerly the HPA) and the Royal Veterinary College.

We teach a module for LSHTM masters students, an annual short course on mathematical modelling aimed at professionals looking for an introduction to the field, as well as an advanced short course on model fitting and inference.

If you are interested in joining us or have any other questions, do get in touch.

The cmmid thanks the Institutional Strategic Support Fund for financial support.

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