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Department of Veterinary Medicine

Cambridge Veterinary School

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Dr Ellen Brooks-Pollock

Dr Ellen Brooks-Pollock

EPSRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Office Phone: +44 (0)1223 764957


I started (academic) life as a medical student at the University of Glasgow, but then switched to study Maths at UCL. I did my PhD with Matt Keeling at the University of Warwick on movement-based models of livestock diseases. Then, I spent a couple of years at the Harvard School of Public Health with Ted Cohen and Megan Murray working on the transmission of drug resistant TB. The next 10 months were spent at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine working on the flusurvey with John Edmunds, Ken Eames and Natasha Tilston. I am now based in the Cambridge Vet School with an EPSRC personal fellowship. 

Subject groups/Research projects

Infection and Immunity:
Mathematical Biology:

Departments and Institutes

Cambridge Infectious Diseases:

Research Interests

I am interested in most things related to public health, epidemics and mathematical modelling. I have quite a lot to say about bovine tuberculosis in Great Britain, and have worked on it since 2007.  


  • Antibiotic resistance
  • Latency
  • Bayesian Methods
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Host-Pathogen Interaction
  • Epidemic control
  • Behaviour
  • Epidemiology
  • Influenza
  • Zoonoses
  • Tuberculosis
  • Dynamics
  • Disease resistance
  • Agriculture

Key Publications

  • Brooks-Pollock, E., Conlan, A.J.K., Mitchell, A., Blackwell, R., McKinley, T.J. & Wood, J.L.N. (2013) “Age-dependent patterns of bovine tuberculosis in cattle”, Vet Res 44:97. [Link]

  • Amos, W., Brooks-Pollock, E., Blackwell, R., Driscoll, E., Nelson-Flower, M. & Conlan, A.J.K. (2013) “Genetic Predisposition to Pass the Standard SICCT Test for Bovine Tuberculosis in British Cattle”, PLoS ONE 8(3): e58245. [Link]

  • Conlan, A.J.K., McKinley, T.J., Karolemeas, K., Brooks-Pollock, E., Goodchild, A.V., Mitchell, A.P., Birch, C.P.D., Clifton-Hadley, R.S. & Wood, J.L.N. (2012) “Estimating the Hidden Burden of Bovine Tuberculosis in Great Britain”, PLoS Comput Biol 8(10): e1002730. [Link]

  • Eames, K.T.D., Tilston, N., Brooks-Pollock, E., Edmunds, W.J. (2012) “Measured Dynamic Social Contact Patterns Explain the Spread of H1N1v Influenza” PLoS Comput Biol 8(3): e1002425. [PubMed]

  • *Eames, K.T.D., *Brooks-Pollock, E., Paolotti, D., Perosa, M., Gioannini, C. & Edmunds, W.J. (2011) “Rapid assessment of influenza vaccine effectiveness: analysis of an internet-based cohort” Epidemiology and Infection 12:1-7. *joint first authorship [PubMed]

  • Brooks-Pollock, E., Becerra, M., Goldstein,E., Cohen, T., & Murray, M.B. (2011) “Epidemiological inference from the distribution of tuberculosis cases in households in Lima, Peru” Journal of Infectious Diseases 203 (11). pp. 1582–1589. [PubMed]

  • E. Brooks-Pollock, K.T.D. Eames (2011) Pigs didn't fly but swine flu. Mathematics Today, Vol 11,

  • Brooks-Pollock, E., Tilston, N., Edmunds, W.J. & Eames, K.T.D. (2011) “Using an online survey of healthcare-seeking behaviour to estimate the magnitude and severity of the 2009 H1N1v influenza epidemic in England” BMC Infectious Diseases 11(68) doi:10.1186/1471-2334-11-68 [PubMed]

  • Brooks-Pollock, E., Cohen T. & Murray M.B. (2010) “The impact of realistic age structure in simple models of tuberculosis transmission” PLoS ONE 5(1):e8479 [PubMed]

  • Brooks-Pollock, E. & Keeling, M.J. (2009) “Herd size and bovine tuberculosis persistence in cattle farms in Great Britain” Preventive Veterinary Medicine 92 (4). pp. 360–365. [PubMed]