Dr Cerian Webb

BSc, MSc, PhD

Associate Lecturer

College Roles

  • Associate Lecturer in Natural Sciences Biological (Mathematical Biology)

University Roles

  • Visitor at the Department of Plant Sciences


Telephone: +44 (0) 1223 330229

Email: crw1005@cam.ac.uk


I graduated with a degree in pure Mathematics from the University of York (1992). This was followed by an MSc in Mathematical Biology from the University of Dundee (1993) led by Professor Brian Sleeman. In1997 I completed a PhD at the Department of Plant Sciences, University of Cambridge, modelling crop growth and disease dynamics under the supervision of Professor Christ Gilligan and Dr Rik Werker. I then worked at VLA- Weybridge where I developed models to investigate the dynamics of scrapie and the likely efficacy of control policies. In 2000 I returned to Cambridge where I took up a postdoctoral position in the Department of Veterinary Medicine modelling farm animal diseases. I currently lecture on the part 1A Mathematical Biology course at the University of Cambridge and on the Wellcome Trust ‘Mathematical Models for Infectious Disease Dynamics’ course.

Research Interests

My research is focused on the role of animal movement networks in determining the dynamics of farm animal disease. Most recently I have supervised and worked on projects using S. aureus as a marker for disease spread in dairy cattle, investigating the dynamics of sheep movement in the UK and assessing the uptake of bluetongue vaccine in England.