David’s primary research interest is in the optimal design of experiments, with a particular focus on models of infectious diseases. David joined the University of Melbourne in November 2017 as a biostatistician. He is based at the Centre for Epidemiology and Biostatistics where he develops statistical methodology, and at the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity where he provides statistical and modelling support. David received his PhD in Statistics from the University of Adelaide in 2015. Subsequently, David completed a post-doc at the Disease Dynamics Unit in the Department of Veterinary Medicine, University of Cambridge, extending models for within-host dynamics of Salmonella in mice, and developing an R package to incorporate statistical inference and experimental design tools for models of bacterial dynamics. Within ACREME, David will work with Julie Simpson and James McCaw’s group to provide statistical and mathematical modelling support on a range of within-host and population-level models, and use his optimal design background to help inform future sampling strategies based on these models.