I am an Associate Professor of Epidemiology in the department of Epidemiology, and a faculty member in the Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics. I employ a mix of theoretical and laboratory work to research the evolution and epidemiology of infectious disease. After my PhD, I did post doctoral study at the University of Oxford and Imperial College London, before being awarded a Royal Society University Research Fellowship. Prior to joining the Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics, I was a Reader in the department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology at Imperial College London. There I worked extensively developing multilocus sequence typing (MLST; www.mlst.net) and analysis (MLSA) for the study of bacterial pathogens and species, as well as means of analyzing data developed using this method. I am particularly interested in using an evolutionary framework such as methods derived from population genetics to inform epidemiology. In 2012 I received the Fleming Prize for research in Microbiology and was the recipient of a 2012 ICAAC Young Investigator Award from the American Society for Microbiology.