Birgit Nikolay joined the MMMI unit as PostDoc in September 2015. Her main research interest is the investigation of infectious disease transmission patterns to improve surveillance and control strategies. Previously, she obtained a PhD in molecular biology from the University of Vienna, during which she investigated the transmission of Usutu virus, a mosquito-borne flavivirus, at Institut Pasteur de Dakar. During her first PostDoc at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, she investigated the spatial and general epidemiology of neglected tropical diseases and assessed heterogeneities in the impact of mass drug administration programmes.
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Assessing the threat posed by zoonotic viruses like MERS-CoV, Nipah or avian influenza
Simon Cauchemez (PI)
Zoonotic viruses are viruses that have an animal reservoir but may also infect humans. The 2009 A(H1N1)pdm09 influenza pandemic, the SARS epidemic in 2003, the recent emergence of a novel coronavirus in the Middle […]
2017Evaluating Hospital-Based Surveillance for Outbreak Detection in Bangladesh: Analysis of Healthcare Utilization Data, PLoS Med. 2017 Jan;14(1):e1002218.
2016Spread of yellow fever virus outbreak in Angola and the Democratic Republic of the Congo 2015-16: a modelling study, Lancet Infect Dis 2017 Mar;17(3):330-338.