NCOH PhD projects cycle 2018: Complex Systems
Rationale for the research theme 'Complex Systems'
The spread of infectious diseases is characterized by dependency between potential hosts (human and animal), whereby non-linear patterns emerge. These patterns are influenced by the characteristics of human/animal, such as network structures and properties of the pathogen (e.g. host specificity). The rapidly growing availability of "big (omics) data" provides opportunities to better understand interactions between host and pathogen, but traditional analytical methods are not sufficient. A better understanding of complex systems can contribute to better prediction of the evolution of a particular problem, enabling earlier and more effective prevention measures.
All awarded projects - together with all previously-allocated NCOH projects - have been thematically clustered into three overarching Research Topics; i.e.:
- Complex systems & gene flows & metagenomics
- Prophylactic vaccines & new therapeutics
- Vector-borne diseases
The programmes for the Research Topics will be available soon.