RECON is a group of people sharing their time and expertise to lead, facilitate, advise, and promote the development of analysis tools for outbreak response using the R software. The list of people below is growing as we are recruiting more members. See this page to join us.

Thibaut Jombart

Founder of RECON. Statistician and R programmer specialized in outbreak analysis. Imperial College London, UK.

Philip AbdelMalik

Epidemiologist focused on epidemic intelligence and health informatics. World Health Organization, Switzerland.

Rawan Araj

EMPHNET Program Manager. GHD-EMPHNET, Jordan.

Dean Attali

Web and R developer, designer of the RECON website. AttaliTech, Canada.

Marc Baguelin

Mathematical modeller and health economist specialised in Public Health intervention. Strong believer in open code and sharing. Public Health England, UK.

Amrish Baidjoe

Field epidemiologist/microbiologist, outbreak response expert, and RECON coordinator. President of the EPIET alumni network. Imperial College London, UK.

Robert Balshaw

Caretaker for the aberration detection algorithm PHIDO, shiny developer. British Columbia Centre for Disease Control, Canada.

Kazim Beebeejaun

EPIET fellow, cohort 2017. Public Health England, UK.

Sangeeta Bhatia

Modeller and software developer contributing packages for outbreak analysis using digital surveillance data. Imperial College London, UK.

Matthew Biggerstaff

Epidemiologist focused on using modeling and forecasting outputs to inform public health decision making. U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, USA.

Jun Cai

PhD candidate interested in influenza transmission dynamics and R programming. Center for Earth System Science, Tsinghua University, China.

Finlay Campbell

PhD student, interested in outbreak analysis and R package development. Imperial College London, UK.

David Champredon

Epidemic modelling. McMaster University, Canada.

Anne Cori

Statistician specialized in disease modelling and outbreak response. Imperial College London, UK.

Zulma Cucunuba

Vector borne disease modelling to inform public health policy, emphasis in Latin America. Imperial College London, United Kingdom.

Irina Czogiel

Statistician, bioinformatician and EPIET project supervisor, with expertise in machine learning methods for to epidemiological and molecular data. Robert Koch Institut, Germany.

Elisabeth Dahlqwist

PhD student in biostatistics and R programmer. Karolinska Institutet, Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Sweden.

Alex Demarsh

R and Shiny for risk assessment and epidemic parameter estimation for emerging infections. Public Health Agency of Canada, McGill University, Canada.

Xavier Didelot

Genomic epidemiology of bacterial pathogens. Imperial College London, UK.

Jeff Eaton

HIV surveillance, estimation, mathematical modelling, and policy in sub-Saharan Africa. Imperial College London, UK.

Roz Eggo

Infectious disease modeller of outbreaks, epidemics, and endemic infections. LSHTM, UK.

Flavio Finger

Epidemiological modelling, cholera, real-time analysis, spatial dynamics, environmental determinants of outbreaks. London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, United Kingdom.

Thomas Finnie

Modeller and Data-Scientist specializing in applying High Performance Computing to public health problems. Public Health England, UK.

Simon Firestone

Veterinary and public health epidemiologist. The University of Melbourne, Australia.

Rich Fitzjohn

R developper specialized in data analysis infrastructures. Imperial College London, UK.

Simon Frost

Viral evolution, dynamics and epidemiology. University of Cambridge, UK.

Daniel Gardiner

Infectious disease epidemiologist using R for analysis and automated reporting. Public Health England, UK.

George Githinji

Bioinformatician with a strong research interest in epidemiology. KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme, Kenya.

Stephan Gloeckner

Epidemiologist / computer scientist working on outbreak detection algorithms using R and python. Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research, Germany.

Joana Gomes Dias

Expert Biostatistics at ECDC. Applied statistical modelling. Epidemiology and Infection diseases. European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), Sweden.

José Guerra

Medical epidemiologist, support countries strengthening their public health surveillance systems; Rthusiastic for many years. World Health Organization, France.

Michael Höhle

Statistical modelling in infectious disease epidemiology. Stockholm University, Sweden.

Andreas Handel

Modeling and data analysis of infectious diseases on the within-host and between-host scales. Main focus on influenza, TB and Norovirus. University of Georgia, USA.

Tambri Housen

Field epidemiologist and research fellow on Australia's FETP. Australian National University, Australia.

Benido Impouma

Preparedness for, surveillance of and response to disease outbreaks and other public health emergencies. World Health Organization, Congo, Republic.

Samuel Jenness

Epidemic modeling, network science, HIV/STI epidemiology. Emory University, USA.

Joshua Kaminsky

Developer of the R package spatialpred. Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA.

Zhian Kamvar

R developer and population geneticist; core developer and trainer for RECON. Imperial College London, UK.

Andee Kaplan

shiny, D3, JavaScript. Iowa State University, USA.

Ioannis Karagiannis

Epidemiologist and coordinator of the UK field epidemiology training programme (FETP), EPIET alumnus with a background in biostatistics. Public Health England, UK.

Patrick Keating

Infectious disease epidemiologist using R for analysis. Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety, Austria.

Nelson Kibinge

Bioinformatician with an interest in RSV diversity and surveillance efficiency. KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research program Kenya, Kenya.

Don Klinkenberg

Infectious disease epidemiologist, mathematical modeller, and R developer. RIVM (National Institute for Public Health and the Environment), The Netherlands.

Stefan Kroeger

R developper with background in bioinformatics and network analysis. Working on transmission analysis for disease surveillance. Robert Koch Institute, Germany.

Henry Kyobe-Bosa

Epidemiologist with interest in outbreak risk analysis, surveillance and response to emerging infectious diseases. African Risk Capacity, South Africa.

Justin Lessler

Epidemiology and infectious disease dynamics. Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA.

Joanna Lewis

Mathematical and statistical modelling of sexually-transmitted bacterial infections. Imperial College London, UK.

Christian Massidi

Data developer. World Health Organization, Congo, Republic.

Kevin McDermott

Water research using molecular biology, microbiology, bioinformatics and data science. Public Health Ontario, Canada.

Oliver McManus

Epidemics analyst with an interest in R. Public Health England, United Kingdom.

Lore Merdrignac

Epidemiologist, Bioinformatics engineer, R and Shiny programmer. EpiConcept, France.

Eve Miguel

Ecologist specialised in diseases pillover at the wild / domestic / human interface. IRD, France.

Amy Mikhail

Epidemiologist and R programmer using genomics for early outbreak detection. EUPHEM alum and EPIET/EUPHEM supervisor. Public Health England, UK.

Paula Moraga

Spatial statistics and disease surveillance. Lancaster University, UK.

Roger Morbey

Statistician working in public health real-time surveillance. Public Health England, UK.

Facundo Munoz

Biostatistician at the French agricultural research and international cooperation organization (Cirad). Cirad, France.

Kamarul Imran Musa

Quantitative epidemiologist and public health physician. School of Medical Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Malaysia.

VP Nagraj

R developer and contributor to epicontacts package. University of Virginia, USA.

Pierre Nouvellet

Modelling for outbreak response and zoonotic diseases. Imperial College London, UK.

Ajay Oza

Surveillance of healthcare-associated inflections, R programmer. Health Protection Surveillance Centre, Dublin, Ireland.

Julia Palacios

Method development and implementation of phylodynamic methods for infectious diseases. Stanford University, USA.

Pawel Piatkowski

Bioinformatician, avid R/Shiny programmer. Independent contractor (working for Genentech/Roche), Poland.

Jonathan Polonsky

Epidemiologist focusing on humanitarian and outbreak settings. I use R for automating analyses and reproducible reporting. World Health Organisation, Switzerland.

Karthik Ram

Data scientist and ecologist, Karthik is also heading the rOpenSci initiative. UC Berkeley, USA.

Nistara Randhawa

Epidemiologist and R programmer contributing to the Epicontacts package. University of California, Davis, USA.

Lukas Richter

Mathematical and statistical modelling in infectious disease epidemiology, R programming. Austrian Agency for Food and Health Safety, Austria.

Benjamin Roche

Evolutionary ecologist specialist in mathematical modeling of zoonotic diseases and optimization of public health strategies. IRD, France / Mexico.

Noam Ross

Disease ecologist, working on zoonotic disease emergence, dynamical systems, economics and R programming standards. EcoHealth Alliance, USA.

Barry Rowlingson

Spatial statistician and data scientist (R, Python) on tropical diseases and health surveillance. Lancaster University, UK.

Maria Saavedra-Campos

Senior epidemiology scientist involved in outbreak investigation, surveillance and research. Public Health England, UK.

Adom San Koffi

Field epidemiologist and outbreak response expert. World Health Organization, Côte d'Ivoire.

Sompob Saralamba

Mathematical modeller and R programmer. Thailand.

Ilana Schafer

Veterinary epidemiologist with expertise in field outbreak response, and software development for outbreak data management and contact tracing. US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, USA.

Dirk Schumacher

R developer with experience in infectious disease epidemiology, surveillance and outbreak response. Berlin, Germany.

Ellie Sherrard-Smith

Epidemiologist specialized in statistics and data analysis, with strong focus on malaria. Imperial College London, UK.

Janetta Skarp

MRes student working in infectious disease modelling, contributor to RECON packages. Imperial College London, UK.

Pavel Skums

Epidemiology and intra-host viral evolution using computational genomics and mathematical modeling. Georgia State University, USA.

Andy South

R developer, mapping, insecticide resistance, QGIS training for operational disease vector surveillance. Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, UK.

Alex Spina

Infectious disease epidemiologist using R for surveillance data and outbreak response. Austrian Agency for Food and Health Safety / European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, Austria.

Tony Stewart

Medical epidemiologist working on international epidemics, with a background in tools development for response. World Health Organization, GOARN, Switzerland.

Savina Stoitsova

Infectious disease epidemiologist (EPIET alumni) based in Bulgaria, interested in affordable analytic tools for outbreak response. National center of infectious and parasitic diseases, Sofia.

Ying-shih Su

Infection disease specialist, epidemiologist and pharmacology and toxicology. Taiwan CDC, Taiwan.

Bertrand Sudre

Epidemiology, outbreak response, Emerging and vector-borne dieases, data analysis, GIS and outbreak mapping, data vizualisation, long term R user. European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, Sweden.

Callum Thirkell

Intensive care paramedic currently undertaking the Australian Field Epidemiology Training Program. Australian National University - National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, Australia.

Robin Thompson

Epidemiological modeller and computer programmer, interested in diseases of humans, animals and plants. University of Oxford, UK.

Salla Toikkanen

Statistical and epidemiological analysis of infectious disease surveillance data. EPIET alumnus. National Institute for Health and Welfare, Finland.

Gerry Tonkin-Hill

Mathematical Genomics PhD student interested in statistics and infectious disease. Wellcome Sanger Institute, UK.

Sai Thein Than Tun

Mathematical and economic modeller with some experience in R package development. Mahidol-Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit, Myanmar.

Rolina van Gaalen

Infectious disease epidemiologist, mathematical and statistical modeller, and R programmer. National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), The Netherlands.

Edwin van Leeuwen

Experienced epidemiological modeller, with a strong background as R programmer. Public Health England, UK.

Erik Volz

Population genetics, phylogenetics, and mathematical epidemiology. Imperial College London, UK.

Brooke Watson

Epidemiologist studying ecological, biological, and behavioral drivers of zoonotic disease emergence. EcoHealth Alliance, USA.

Jon Zelner

outbreak reconstruction, spatial epidemiology, social determinants of infection risk. University of Michigan School of Public Health, USA.

Bing Zhang

Infectious disease models, respiratory diseases, vaccine impact, and data visualization in Public Health. Guangdong provincial institute of Public Health, China.

Advisory board

We are extremely lucky to have the following people supporting and guiding our efforts:

Gregory Armstrong

Director of the Advanced Molecular Detection initiative, with extensive experience in epidemiology and outbreak response at CDC, Atlanta, USA.

Gabor Csardi

Computer scientist with a strong background in statistics and network theory, Gabor is a prominent member of the R community who develops and contributes to a number of major packages such as igraph, roxygen and R6. Mango Solutions, Chippenham, UK.

Christl Donnelly

Professor of Statistical Epidemiology, Fellow of the Royal Society, Christl has extensive experience in epidemics analysis and emergency outbreak response. Imperial College London, UK.

Jennifer Gardy

Canada Research Chair in Public Health genomics at the university of British Columbia and BC Centre for Disease Control, with extensive experience in inferring disease transmission from genomic data. Vancouver, Canada.

Oliver Morgan

Acting Director, Health Emergency Information and Risk Assessment Department, World Health Organisation. Geneva, Switzerland.

Jacco Wallinga

Professor of infectious disease modelling at Leiden University Medical Center, Head of the Infectious Disease Modelling Department at the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), The Netherlands.


RECON also benefits from some outstanding administrative support from the following people:

Claire Thomson

Administrative support. Imperial College London, UK.

Evgenia Markvardt

Administrative support. Imperial College London, UK.

Former members

Their interests may have shifted since, but these people were at some point members of RECON for at least a year:

  • Thomas Crellen
  • Tini Garske
  • Martin Hinsch
  • Eben Kenah
  • John Lees
  • Oliver Watson
  • James Hayward