Game Changers: How maths fights infectious disease


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Sunetra Gupta’s childhood was spent travelling the world with her family, from her Indian home city of Kolkata to Ethiopia, Zambia and later England.

Today, she is a novelist and scientist, who combines her passion for mathematics and biology to study infectious disease.

In this audio interview, part of a Game Changers series where we explore the life of outstanding scientists and innovators who are making an impact in the developing world, Sunetra Gupta describes her personal and professional journey. She explains how mathematical models can help advance our understanding of how viruses spread, and how collaboration with scientists from the Gambia and Kenya contributed to her research, which currently focuses on influenza, malaria and bacterial meningitis.