Supervisor: Mike Begon
Working with Mike Begon, my PhD project follows on a number of years of research in the plague (Yersinia pestis) system in the Kazakh desert, in collaboration with researchers at the University of Antwerp, the University of Utrecht and the Kazakh Science Centre of Quarantine and Zoonotic Disease. My project will use newly collected field data to further characterise the system with the aim to improve the predictions generated by the existing model of the system.
I am also working with a team from the University of Antwerp as an epidemiologist on a series of prevalence and risk factor studies in the Democratic Republic of Congo, investigating the epidemiology of “nodding syndrome” in onchocerciasis endemic areas.
Previously I have worked on social contact in horse populations, spatiotemporal virus dynamics, and insecticide resistance.
I am currently the student representative for the British Ecological Society Parasites and Pathogens Special Interest Group.
Colebunders R, Mandro M, Mokili JL, Mucinya G, Mambandu G, Pfarr K, Reiter-Owona I, Hoerauf A, Tepage F, Levick B, Begon M, Laudisoit A. (2016) Risk factors for epilepsy in the Bas-Ue ́le ́ Province in the Democratic Republic of the Congo: a case control study, International Journal of Infectious Diseases. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijid.2016.05.018
Coleblunders R., Tepage F., Rood E., Mandro M., Nji Abatih., Musinya G., Mambandu G., Kabeya J., Komba M., Levick B., Mokili J., Laudisoit A., (2016). Prevalence of river epilepsy in the Orientale Province in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases. 10(5) e0004478.
Levick B, Laudisoit A, Wilschut L, Addink E, Ageyev V, Yeszhanov A, et al. (2015) The Perfect Burrow, but for What? Identifying Local Habitat Conditions Promoting the Presence of the Host and Vector Species in the Kazakh Plague System. PLoS ONE 10(9): e0136962. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0136962.