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Ph.D. in Mathematical Biology, University of Bath (2010)
Mmath, University of Exeter (2006)


I am a Lecturer in Mathematics here at the University of South Wales. Prior to this, I worked as a postdoc at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA for 3 years.

My area of interest is Mathematical Biology – specifically, building mathematical models of disease spread in either human or animal populations.


Lecturer, University of South Wales (2016- )
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Michigan (2010-2013)
Ph.D. Student, University of Bath (2006-2010)


Module Leader for AM0H04
Module Leader for AM0S02
Lecturer for MS0T01


• Brown, V. L., Drake, J. M., Barton, H. D., Stallknecht, D. E., Brown, J. D., & Rohani,
P. (2014). “Neutrality, cross-immunity and subtype dominance in avian influenza
viruses.” PloS one, 9(2), e88817.
• Brown, V.L., Drake, J.M., Stallknecht, D.E., Brown, J.D., Pedersen, K. & Rohani, P.
(2013) “Dissecting a wildlife disease hotspot: the impact of multiple host species,
environmental transmission and seasonality in migration, breeding and mortality.” J.
R. Soc. Interface 10(79) 20120804; doi:10.1098/rsif.2012.0804.
• Brown, V.L. & Rohani, P. (2012) “The consequences of climate change at an avian
influenza hotspot.” Biol. Letts. 8(6) doi: 10.1098/rsbl.2012.0635.
• Allen, L.J.S., Brown, V.L., Jonsson, C.B., Klein, S.L., Laverty, S.M., Magwedere, K.,
Owen, J.C. and van den Driessche, P. (2012) “Mathematical Modeling of Viral
Zoonoses in Wildlife”. Natural Resource Modeling. 25(1), 5-51, DOI: 10.1111/j.1939-
• Brown, V.L. and White, K.A.J. (2011) “The role of optimal control in assessing the
most cost-effective implementation of a vaccination programme: HPV as a case
study.”. Mathematical Biosciences. 231(2), 126-134,
DOI: 10.1016/j.mbs.2011.02.009. Faculty of 1000 Biology, 26 September 2011,
• Brown, V.L. and White, K.A.J. (2010) “The HPV vaccination strategy: could male
vaccination have a significant impact?”. Computational and Mathematical Methods
in Medicine. 11(3), 223-237, DOI: 10.1080/17486700903486613


Member of SMB (Society for Mathematical Biology)


Broadly, my field of study is in mathematical biology. More specifically, I have concentrated my research career thus far on infectious diseases in both human and animal populations. Infectious disease modelling can play an important role in predicting, managing and preventing disease outbreaks. My interests lie using mathematical models to help us learn more about the world we live in, employing a range of mathematical techniques.

My interest in studying mathematical biology, specifically infectious diseases, developed during my undergraduate degree. My MMath projects included a spatial model of disease in a population with both local and long-distance travel and a model considering the possible social reaction to the introduction of an AIDs vaccine into a population. I pursued my interest in modelling infectious diseases with my Ph.D., when I worked on models of human papillomavirus in a population. This work was extremely topical, with the introduction of a nationwide vaccination campaign for 12-18 year old girls in the U.K. in 2008. My research dealt both with the optimal way to introduce vaccination into the population and also with the role of human behaviour in its ultimate success.

During my postdoctoral fellowship, I switched to an ecological system, modelling avian influenza in wild bird populations. I employed a range of techniques, using both deterministic and stochastic models, and explored transmission dynamics among multiple hosts.

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