I started my PhD research fellowship at CEES in the Colloquium 3 (Ecology and evolution of infectious diseases) on September 1st, 2016.
I obtained a BA in classical and prehistoric archaeology (University of Zürich), an MSc in Biomedical Sciences (University of Fribourg) and an MSc in Epidemiology with a specialisation in infectious diseases (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine). In my master's theses, I analysed data from the 2013-2015 Ebola epidemic. I used a statistical modelling approach to estimate district-level transmissibility and to examine associations between geographic and demographic factors and local transmission of Ebola.
My research interests are infectious disease epidemiology and modelling as well as spatial aspects of disease transmission, and human immunology, but I am also interested in historical and archaeological topics.
My PhD project aims to describe different aspects of the spread of plague across Europe during the medieval period. I am interested in geographical and temporal differences in transmissibility of plague, the duration of human immunity and its impact on the course of the pandemic, local factors favouring plague outbreaks and the reasons for persistence of plague in Europe during several centuries. To examine these questions, I use different compartmental modelling approaches ranging from simple deterministic SIR models to complex, stochastic meta-population simulations as well as statistical modelling. Parameters inference will be done in a Bayesian framework.
Krauer F, Riesen M, Reveiz L, Oladapo OT, Martínez-Vega R, Teegwendé VP, Haefliger A, Broutet NJ, Low N, WHO Zika Causality Working Group. (2017) Zika Virus Infection as a Cause of Congenital Brain Abnormalities and Guillain-Barré Syndrome: Systematic Review. PLoS Med. 2017 Jan 3;14(1):e1002203.
Krauer F, Gsteiger S, Low N, Hansen CH, Althaus CL. (2016) Heterogeneity in district-level transmission of Ebola virus disease during the 2013-2015 epidemic in West Africa. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2016 Jul 19;10(7):e0004867
- Dean, Katharine Rose; Krauer, Fabienne; Walløe, Lars; Lingjærde, Ole Christian; Bramanti, Barbara; Stenseth, Nils Christian & Schmid, Boris Valentijn (2018). Human ectoparasites and the spread of plague in Europe during the Second Pandemic. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. ISSN 0027-8424. . doi: https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1715640115
- Krauer, Fabienne (2016). A modelling approach to understanding the spread of plague in Europe during the second pandemic.