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Melissa Iacovidou

Postdoctoral Researcher

Melissa is a postdoctoral researcher in infectious diseases and spatial analysis, involved in the SchistoTrack project in the Chami Group at the Big Data Institute. The project strives to improve the effectiveness of treatment for schistosomiasis in Uganda. In her role, Melissa analyses spatiotemporal data collected within the project to contribute to the understanding of schistosomiasis epidemiology. Specifically, a key objective is to identify transmission focal points based on activities and contacts at water sites. 

Melissa completed her PhD in Mathematics of Systems at the University of Warwick. Melissa's doctoral thesis included research on malaria models and the effect of increasing realistic mosquito biology when evaluating interventions against the disease. Additionally, she contributed to models for lymphatic filariasis during a part-time research assistantship. Prior to her PhD, Melissa successfully completed Part III of the Mathematical Tripos at the University of Cambridge and earned an MMath in Mathematics from the University of St Andrews.