Roman Biek is Professor of Disease Ecology and Molecular Epidemiology at the University of Glasgow, following earlier academic training in Germany and the USA. His work aims to understand how infectious organisms spread and persist in their respective host populations and how ecological factors, from host ecology to landscape heterogeneity, affect these processes.
Research tends to focus on pathogens that are rapidly evolving, such as viruses and bacteria, and for which transmission dynamics can thus be effectively tracked using genetic data. He has worked on a wide range of diseases, including many of major human health or veterinary concern (e.g. Lyme disease, Ebola, rabies, bovine TB).