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Dr Hola Adrakey

Post Doctoral Research Associate
Dr Hola Adrakey
Department of Plant Sciences
University of Cambridge
Downing Street

Cambridge CB2 3EA
Office Phone: 01223 330229


Following the completion of my Master (Maitrise) in Mathematics from Lome in 2009, I worked briefly as a maths teacher in Lome before securing a scholarship to study mathematical sciences at AIMS (African Institute for Mathematical Sciences) in Cape Town (South Africa) in 2011. After completing this in 2012, I had an opportunity to begin a Ph.D. in Statistics at Heriot-Watt University (Edinburgh) with Gavin Gibson and George Streftaris titled "Control and Surveillance of Partially Observed Stochastic Epidemics in a Bayesian Framework " which is shortlisted for the Macfarlane Prize. Currently, I hold a research associate post in the Epidemiology and Modelling group at Cambridge University (UK).

Research Interests

My research interests lie in developing Bayesian methods to understand the dynamics of epidemic processes to provide insight in estimating disease burden. I am also interested in designing optimal control strategies so that they provide the greatest benefits in terms of disease reduction and developing new statistical tools to determine the most efficient ways of measuring their impact.

Key Publications

Adrakey H, Streftaris George, Cuniffe N, Gottwald T, Gilligan C, Gibson G (2017) Evidence-based controls for epidemics using sptatio-temporal stochastic models in a Bayesian framework. J R Soc Interface

Lau MSY, Gibson GJ, Adrakey H, Amanda McClelland, Steven Riley, Jon Zelner, George Streftaris, Sebastian Funk, Jessica Metcalf, Benjamin D. Dalziel, Bryan T. Grenfell (2017)  A mechanistic spatio-temporal framework for modelling individual-to-individual transmission - with an application to the 2014-2015 West Africa Ebola outbreak. PLoS Computational Biology


Other Publications


Laura MacCalman, Iain McKendrick, Matthew Denwood, Gavin Gibson, Stephen Catterall, Giles Innocent, Hola Adrakey et ~al (2016) MAPRA: Modelling Animal Pathogens: Review and Adaptation. EFSA Journal

Adrakey H, Gibson Gavin (2016) Spread model for PPR. EFSA Journal


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