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About Me

I graduated as a vet from India in 2002. In 2003, I came to UK and started a masters in Veterinary Epidemiology jointly at Royal Vet College, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. After completing my masters in 2004, I started my PhD at University of Warwick which I completed in Feb 2008. My PhD topic was "Epidemiological investigations into lameness in sheep". I worked as postdoctoral research fellow at Warwick from 2008-2010 on a BBSRC project doing statistical and mathematical modelling of footrot in sheep.  My PhD work contributed to the 'best practice' for lameness in sheep in UK and impacted policy (FAWC opinion on lameness in sheep). 

I joined School of Veterinary Medicine and Science (SVMS) at University of Nottingham in Sep 2010 as a Lecturer and was promoted to Associate Professor in Epidemiology and Farm animal health in 2016. In Nottingham, I further expanded my research interests, and started utilising not only on farm data on pathogens, animal health, behaviour and welfare , but, also combining data from sensors and  innovative technology with other non-sensor information to develop models for animal health and welfare. I am part of Ruminant Population health group at SVMS .

 

 In my work I utilise range of statistical and mathematical modelling frameworks including the use of advanced multivariable and multivariate techniques, machine learning in advancement of our understanding of disease processes/animal behaviour in populations. I am interested in decision making processes of stakeholders (farmers, vets and consumers), their choices, perceptions on topics of animal health and welfare, farming and technology. 

I am passionate about research and especially "multiple disciplinary"  approaches to my work where I involve and use of multiple disciplines in varying degrees (multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary). I have been fortunate to have some excellent collaborators from various disciplines (engineering, epidemiology, social science, psychology, microbiology, bioinformatics) in both academia and different parts of industry.

Awards

  •  Young Animal Welfare Scientist of the year, awarded in 2015 by UFAW (Universities Federation of Animal Welfare)

  •  Runner -up  for 2011 Scopus Young Researcher Award in Health and Medical Sciences awarded by Elsevier in association with the US/UK Fulbright Commission.

 

Career History

2016-Present: Associate Professor in Epidemiology and Farm Animal Health, School of

                  Veterinary Medicine and Science, University of Nottingham.        

 

2010 - 2016:  Lecturer in Veterinary Epidemiology and Farm Animal Health, School of

                  Veterinary Medicine and Science, University of Nottingham.        

        

2008-2010:  Post doctoral Research Fellow, University of Warwick

 

2004-2008:   PhD Studentship funded by EBLEX