Jonas Brock

Project Group: Ecological Epidemiology (EcoEpi)


Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ
Department of Ecological Modelling
Permoserstr. 15
04318 Leipzig

Tel.: +49 341 235-1716    

Jonas Brock


I am a PhD Student within the Ecological Epidemiology project group at Helmholtz Center for Environmental Research. In the framework of my dissertation I am developing a stochastic individual-based simulation model to study the dynamics of the spread of Infectious Bovine Rhinotracheitis (IBR) within cattle populations in Ireland. IBR is a highly contagious, infectious respiratory disease that is caused by Bovine Herpesvirus-1 (BHV-1). The disease is reflected in several clinical signs and can lead to long-term ill-health and even death. While many countries in the EU have successfully eradicated BHV-1, Ireland is still making efforts to eradicate the virus, thereby suffering from severe economic losses. In my research I aim to give decision-makers valuable insights into the risk and economic consequences of IBR and to assess the effectiveness of various control strategies (e.g. vaccination campaigns). My research project is greatly supported and funded by Animal Health Ireland (AHI), a world-class non-for-profit organization that provides knowledge and coordination to establish effective control programmes for non-regulated diseases of livestock.

My research interests are:
- quantitative epidemiology

- epidemiological modeling

- data science challenges

- machine-learning techniques
- algorithm automation




Apr. 2018 - current PhD student at Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research
Apr. 2018 - current Research Analyst & Quantitative Modeller at Animal Health Ireland
Oct. 2015 - Mar. 2018 Master of Science (M.Sc.) Geoinformatics at
Friedrich Schiller University Jena
Specialisation: Machine-learning techniques and predictive statistics