Risk Assessment of Emerging and Zoonotic Threats

Risk AssessmentThe overall aim of this theme is to provide robust evidence, and systems for obtaining that evidence, to enable PHE to assess and respond rapidly to risks from new and emerging infections, in particular zoonotics. This will involve an interdisciplinary approach and the development of a flexible and active network of researchers and policy makers to build a platform for proactive and reactive responses to novel threats.

  The longer-term objectives are to:

  1. Develop mathematical models that allow rapid evaluation of the zoonotic potential of emerging infections and biological threats.
  2. Mitigate the risks of rodent and bat-borne zoonotic infection through community awareness.

 Theme Leaders

Alan Radford 2


Professor Alan Radford


Institute of Infection and Global Health, University of Liverpool

David Brown














Professor David Brown

Public Health England




Dilys Morgan


Professor Dilys Morgan MBE

Head of the Department of Gastrointestinal, Emerging and Zoonotic Infections

Public Health England




Dr Clarissa Oeser

Research Fellow
Public Health England


Dr Fernando Sánchez-Vizcaíno

Research Fellow

    Female Scientist

Dr Aisling Vaughan

Postdoctoral Researcher
Public Health England

Maya Wardeh

Dr Maya Wardeh

Postdoctoral Researcher
University of Liverpool

PhD Student:

Ellen Murphy

Ellen Murphy