A global grassroots movement

Meet our team

Board of Directors

Neale Batra



Neale is an epidemiologist who works to improve operational emergency response. He loves teaching, building community, and values public service. Prior to co-founding Applied Epi, he worked in emergency response and preparedness for WHO, Médecins Sans Frontières, and US local health agencies.

Alex Spina

Vice President


Alex co-founded Applied Epi with Neale to build on the success of the Epi R Handbook and widen access to epidemiological analysis methods. His background is in epidemiology and he is currently training to be a medical doctor. He has been working for a number of years in epidemiology consulting for international organizations.

Sara Ferraz


Sara Ferraz is a field epidemiologist, President and Executive Director of ProEpi, the Brazilian Association of Field Epidemiologists. She has extensive experience in emergency response and preparedness in South America and Africa with WHO and TEPHINET.

Aminata Ndiaye


Aminata is an Epidemiologist-Biostatistician with experience in field outbreak response and cancer research. She is from Sénégal and as French translation lead hopes all French-speaking R users benefit from The Epi R Handbook. Saying "an R User will always be an R Learner" she invites you into an eternal learning process. Dal leen ak jàmm! Welcome on board!

Annick Lenglet


Annick Lenglet is an infectious disease field epidemiologist with over 20 years experience in countries across the globe. She is a passionate advocate for open-source teaching, training and tools to improve data analytics and field epidemiology on the frontline for rapid and evidence-based decision making. She is currently an Antimicrobial Resistance Advisor at the newly established International Centre for Antimicrobial Resistance Solutions (ICARS).

Amrish Baidjoe


Amrish Baidjoe is a field epidemiologist and microbiologist (EPIET/EUPHEM) who is currently the Director of the Operational Research Centre LuxOR for Médecins Sans Frontières (OCB).

Marie-Amelie Degail Chabrat


Marie-Amelie Degail Chabrat is a field epidemiologist with the WHO Health Emergencies programme. An EPIET alum (2011, UK), she has experience with Médecins du Monde, Aide Médicale Internationale, Médecins Sans Frontières, and Epicentre in epidemic intelligence, preparedness, response, and research. She has worked in Europe, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Lebanon, Haiti and Guinea.

Elburg van Boetzelaer


Elburg van Boetzelaer is a public health practitioner who has a decade of experience with different (i)NGOs and UN agencies in low and middle income countries. In her role as secretary of the board she is excited to contribute to increasing the accessibility of high-quality applied epidemiology training materials all around the world.

Isha Berry



Isha is an epidemiologist currently completing her PhD at the University of Toronto. Her research focus has been global infectious disease transmission dynamics, particularly between humans and animals. Isha is passionate about open science and science communication.

Core contributors

Luong Nguyen


Luong Nguyen leads the Vietnamese translation team and helped build this website. He is currently doing doctoral studies at Uppsala University, Sweden. His research focuses on infectious and zoonotic diseases, risk analysis, and spatial epidemiology within integrative approaches such as One Health and Ecohealth

Paula Blomquist


Paula is principal epidemiologist for the COVID Outbreak Surveillance Team of the UK Health Security Agency, with prior experience in WHO and deploying to epidemic responses with the UK Emergency Medical Team. Her focus is infectious disease surveillance and rapid analyses, using R for automation and visualizations.

Frank Kagoro


Frank is a Tanzanian research physician and epidemiologist, and leads the Swahili translation team. He is based at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, researching tools for surveillance of antimalarial drug resistance in South-East Asia and Southern Africa. He is affiliated with the Worldwide Antimalarial Resistance Network (WWARN) and Mahidol Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit (MORU), Thailand

Pat Keating


Patrick is an epidemiologist and has worked as an Epidemiology Advisor for MSF Operational Centre Amsterdam since 2019. He has supported outbreak response and surveillance activities in the DRC, Ethiopia, South Sudan and Sudan. He started learning R in 2015 and is happy to support further uptake of R by epidemiologists worldwide.

Temuulen Enebish


Temuulen is an epidemiologist whose research interests and practical experience range from outbreak investigation and infectious disease surveillance to air pollution research and reproductive epidemiology. He got addicted to R during his doctoral studies at USC and is currently leading the Mongolian translation team.

Juan Carlos F Merino

Juan MD, PhD is a specialist in Preventive Medicine and Public Health, and leads the Spanish translation team. He worked in epidemiological surveillance in the regional government of Andalusia, Spain and has taught EpiInfo, EpiMap and outbreak investigations in many courses in Andalusia, the Spanish National Public Health School, the Spanish EIS, etc.

Hitomi Kariya


Hitomi is an epidemiologist focusing on social determinants of health and community-based interventions. She holds a BA in Social Sciences from Waseda University and MPH in Health Services from the University of Washington. In her spare time, Hitomi leads the Japanese translation team and enjoys jogging, hiking, and traveling.

Isaac Florence

Isaac is Principal Epidemiology Data Scientist at the UK Health Security Agency, working across epidemiology analytics, data engineering and software engineering. This work focuses on automation, big data, and use of High-Performance Computing infrastructure (mostly in R).

Lin Yu

Lin Yu is the lead of the Chinese translation team. She is a MSc epidemiology candidate at the University of Alberta, and previously studied biostatistics at Southern Medical University. Her research interests include applied cancer research and risk prediction.

Abdullah Ömer Şeker


Omer, MD, MPH is the lead of the Turkish translation. He is an epidemiologist, with experience in medico-marketing, bioinformatics and clinical trials. Currently working as Real-World Evidence manager for IQVIA. He is focused on personalized medicine and big data analytics.

Finlay Campbell


Finlay Campbell is an R developer and outbreak analytics consultant at the WHO Health Emergencies Programme in Geneva. He is the lead author of the epicontacts R package, among others.

Calder Fong

Calder is the team's resident artist.

Henry Laurenson-Schafer

Henry is a data analyst and R Shiny expert in the COVID-19 analytics team of the WHO Health Emergencies Programme. He is an author of the Epi R Handbook and supports Applied Epi Trainings.

Luis Hernando Aguilar Ramirez


Luis works on knowledge and digital information management in humanitarian response with the UN (WHO, UNOCHA, UNWOMEN, UNMEER) and other organizations in countries including Honduras, Mozambique, Colombia, the Philippines, Sierra Leone, Syria, and Bangladesh. He is involved in digital innovation initiatives for humanitarian response, crowdsourcing, and citizen participation in disaster risk management.


Israel Touitou

Israel is Applied Epi's advisor on educational pedagogy and best practices for teaching data science.

Nicky Spina

Nicky advises Applied Epi on technical and web content

All other contributors

Epi R Handbook authors

Neale Batra, Alex Spina, Paula Blomquist, Finlay Campbell, Henry Laurenson-Schafer, Isaac Florence, Natalie Fischer, Aminata Ndiaye, Liza Coyer, Jonathan Polonsky, Yurie Izawa, Chris Bailey, Daniel Molling, Isha Berry, Emma Buajitti, Mathilde Mousset, Sara Hollis, Wen Lin

Epi R Handbook reviewers

Pat Keating, Amrish Baidjoe, Annick Lenglet, Margot Charette, Danielly Xavier, Marie-Amélie Degail Chabrat, Esther Kukielka, Michelle Sloan, Aybüke Koyuncu, Rachel Burke, Kate Kelsey, Berhe Etsay, John Rossow, Mackenzie Zendt, James Wright, Laura Haskins, Flavio Finger, Tim Taylor, Jae Hyoung Tim Lee, Brianna Bradley, Wayne Enanoria, Manual Albela Miranda, Molly Mantus, Pattama Ulrich, Joseph Timothy, Adam Vaughan, Olivia Varsaneux, Lionel Monteiro, Joao Muianga

Epi R Handbook translators


Nguyễn Thanh Lương, Nguyễn Thị Khánh Huyền, Hồ Hoàng Dung, Nguyễn Trung Thành, Vũ Thu Hà, Võ Hữu Thuận


Hitomi Kariya 苅谷 瞳, Norimitsu Nishida 西田 典充, Yusuke Saito 齋藤 雄介, Yoshihiko Baba 馬場 美彦, Miyu Fuzawa 麸沢 美裕, Yura Ko 髙 勇羅, Ryosuke Fujii 藤井 亮輔, Atsushi Fushimi 伏見 淳, Yuta Asano 浅野 裕太, Yuna Koyama 小山 佑奈, Reiko Yamaura 山浦 礼子, Takuaki Tani 谷 拓朗, Seito Nakamura 中村 星斗, Tomoki Nishikawa 西川 寛来, Shuntaro Sato 佐藤 俊太朗, Kengo Nagashima 長島 健悟, Taishi Kayano 茅野 大志, Yurika Kawazoe 川添 百合香, Yuki Hira 平 友樹, Yuri Nakane 中根 優里, Yukihiro Yamaguchi 山口 征啓, Kotomi Sakai 堺 琴美, Yuya Ishihara 石原 裕也


Lin Yu, Shuai Ren, Guangming Li, Kangguo Li, Zhendong Tong, Wen Lin


NDIAYE Aminata, Bryan Tegomoh, Anais Legrand, Marie-Amelie Degail-Chabrat, Yves Amevoin, Laura Downham, Lise Grout, Margot Charette, Mathilde Mousset, Noe Guincko, Mor Ndiaye, Elysee Nerisson Joseph


Juan Carlos Fernández Merino, Ximena Tolosa, Ignacio Castro, Juan Monteagudo, Luis Hernando Aguilar


Sara Ferraz, Marcela Santos, Nathalia Zini, Rogério Giuffrida, Rafaela Tadei, Laís Relvas, César Galvão, Felipe D. Cardoso, Pauliana Galvao, Carol Musso, Eucilene Alves


Temuulen Enebish, Bolor Bold


Frank Kagoro, Natasha Said, Barbara Citarella, Wycliffe Odongo, Nguku Patrick, Neema Mosha, Kennedy Mwai, Kadondi Kasera, Doris Nyamwaya, Castory Munishi, James Otieno, Jeff Nyakeriga, Wilhellmuss Mauka


Abdullah Ömer Şeker, Can Ilgın, Çağrı Emin Şahin, Gülşen Barlas, Ömer Özer, Yasemin Denizli

Other Applied Epi contributors

Web/server experts

Nicky Spina, Mark Schulte

R4Epis project

Alice Carr, David Jorgensen, Amy Gimma, Mara Kont, Brianna Bradley, Zhian Kamvar