Department: Pathobiology and Population Sciences

Campus: Hawkshead

Research Centres: Veterinary Epidemiology, Economics and Public Health

Claire is currently a PhD student in the VEEPH group at the RVC. Her research is mainly focused on routes for African Swine Fever virus transmission.

Claire is a French veterinarian who graduated in 2012 at the Veterinary Faculty in Toulouse, France. During her MSc in Animal Health and Epidemiology in Tropical Countries (CIRAD, France), she worked on the tick Amblyomma variegatum investigating the effect of temperature on the tick development from nymph to adult stage using mathematical modelling methods.

In February 2013, she started a full-time PhD student investigating the routes for African Swine Fever virus transmission, under the co-supervision of Dr Linda Dixon (Pirbright Institute) and Prof Dirk Pfeiffer (RVC).

Claire is interested in research on epidemiology and surveillance of animal infectious diseases. 

As part of the European project ASFORCE, Claire studies the epidemiology of the African swine fever virus (ASFV) in Eastern Europe where the disease is spreading since 2007. Her research focuses on quantifying the dynamics of ASFV transmission within domestic pigs. Through infection studies carried out at the Pirbright Institute, she investigates the dynamics of viral shedding, excretion and transmisison among pigs infected with the currently circulating ASFV strain. Her objective is also to develop a mathematical transmission model that could predict the potential ASFV spread in different farm settings and assess the likely impact of different control strategies.



Guinat, C., Reis, A.L., Netherton, C.L, Goatley, L., Pfeiffer, D.U., Dixon, L. (2014) Dynamics of African swine fever virus shedding and excretion in domestic pigs infected by intramuscular inoculation and contact transmission. Accepted in Veterinary Research.

Vergne, T., Guinat, C., Petkova, P., Gogin, A., Kolbasov, D., Blome, S., Molia, S., Pinto Ferreira, J., Wieland, B., Nathues, H., Pfeiffer, D.U. (2014) Attitudes and beliefs of pig farmers and wild boar hunters in Bulgaria, Germany and the Russian Federation towards reporting of African swine fever. Transboundary and Emerging Diseases, DOI: 10.1111/tbed.12254

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