David Simons

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PhD Student

Royal Veterinary College
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Research interests:  Emerging zoonotic infectious diseases, biodiversity and ecology, human health

I am a medical doctor and current PhD student interested in emerging zoonotic infectious diseases. I study the impact of land use change and infrastructural development on the population dynamics of host/reservoir species and the potential for subsequent transmission into humans. My work combines my previous experiences in biodiversity and conservation, human health and the epidemiology of infectious diseases. I plan to conduct rodent trapping activities, domestic livestock sampling and human epidemiological studies to investigate Lassa virus dynamics in Sierra Leone. This work will be conducted with PANDORA network collaborators from the UK, Sierra Leone and Germany.