Jon's research is focused on understanding the transmission of infectious diseases of both humans and animals, with the aim of developing better predictive models with which to inform infection control strategies and policies. This involves a mixture of epidemiological field work, secondary data analysis and mathematical and tactical modelling. A major part of this research is understanding the structure of human social networks and identifying risk factors for transmission of infectious diseases. To this end he is at the leading edge of developing new quantification methods and characterising human contact patterns, and developing realistic network models of contagious processes.
He is interested in the evolutionary dynamics of infectious diseases, the sociological and ecological processes that drive evolution, and how these processes and their emergent properties may be exploited for disease control and eradication. His research encompasses pneumococcal infection, rotavirus, norovirus, Ebola, MER-CoV, seasonal and pandemic influenza, and other respiratory viruses.
Collaborative projects include the FluScape influenza cohort in Southern China, and the SMART study of influenza in schools in Pittsburgh USA. Jon has research and advisory links to Public Health England, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the US State Department.
Jon is slowly trying to regain his past ability to climb rocks of a moderate standard, and welcomes all attempts to get him to tie into a rope. He dabbles in photography too.