Christl Donnelly

Christl Ann Donnelly FRS FMedSci CBE[2] is a professor of Statistical Epidemiology at Imperial College London, the University of Oxford[4] and a Fellow of St Peters College, Oxford.[5][6][7]

Christl Donnelly

Christl Donnelly at the Royal Society admissions day in London for new fellows in 2016
Christl Ann Donnelly
Alma mater
Scientific career
ThesisThe analysis of correlation in longitudinal and spatial data (1992)


Donnelly was educated at Oberlin College in Ohio, where she was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree, and at Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, where in 1992 she was awarded Master of Science and Doctor of Science[8] degrees in biostatistics.[1]


Donnelly's research investigates statistical and biomathematical methods to analyse epidemiological patterns of infectious diseases such as Influenza A virus subtype H1N1[9] and Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS),[10] Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), the Ebola virus disease,[11] zoonoses and HIV.[12] She has interests in ecology, conservation, and animal welfare[6] having worked on Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE)[13] and Foot-and-mouth disease[14] in cattle, bovine tuberculosis and policies regarding badger culling in the United Kingdom.[15][16]

Selected works

  • Cox, D.R.; Donnelly, Christl (2011). Principles of Applied Statistics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-1-107-64445-8.

Awards and honours

Donnelly was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 2016[2] and a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences (FMedSci) in 2015.[3] She was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2018 New Year Honours.[17]


  1. Christl Donnelly's Entry at ORCID
  2. Anon (2016). "Professor Christl Donnelly FRS". London: Royal Society. Archived from the original on 30 April 2016. One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from the website where:
    "All text published under the heading 'Biography' on Fellow profile pages is available under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License." --Royal Society Terms, conditions and policies at the Wayback Machine (archived 25 September 2015)
  3. Anon (2015). "Professor Christl Donnelly FMedSci". London: Academy of Medical Sciences. Archived from the original on 30 April 2016.
  4. "Professor Christl Donnelly - Department of Statistics, University of Oxford". Retrieved 22 February 2019.
  5. "Christl Donnelly — Oxford Big Data Institute". Retrieved 22 February 2019.
  6. "Professor Christl Donnelly". London: Imperial College London. 2016. Archived from the original on 15 April 2016.
  7. Christl Donnelly publications indexed by Google Scholar
  8. Donnelly, Christl Ann (1992). The analysis of correlation in longitudinal and spatial data (DSc thesis). Harvard University. OCLC 84042479.
  9. Fraser, C.; Donnelly, C. A.; Cauchemez, S.; Hanage, W. P.; Van Kerkhove, M. D.; Hollingsworth, T. D.; Griffin, J.; Baggaley, R. F.; Jenkins, H. E.; Lyons, E. J.; Jombart, T.; Hinsley, W. R.; Grassly, N. C.; Balloux, F.; Ghani, A. C.; Ferguson, N. M.; Rambaut, A.; Pybus, O. G.; Lopez-Gatell, H.; Alpuche-Aranda, C. M.; Chapela, I. B.; Zavala, E. P.; Guevara, D. Ma. E.; Checchi, F.; Garcia, E.; Hugonnet, S.; Roth, C. (2009). "Pandemic Potential of a Strain of Influenza A (H1N1): Early Findings". Science. 324 (5934): 1557–1561. Bibcode:2009Sci...324.1557F. doi:10.1126/science.1176062. PMC 3735127. PMID 19433588.
  10. Donnelly, Christl A; Ghani, Azra C; Leung, Gabriel M; Hedley, Anthony J; Fraser, Christophe; Riley, Steven; Abu-Raddad, Laith J; Ho, Lai-Ming; Thach, Thuan-Quoc; Chau, Patsy; Chan, King-Pan; Lam, Tai-Hing; Tse, Lai-Yin; Tsang, Thomas; Liu, Shao-Haei; Kong, James HB; Lau, Edith MC; Ferguson, Neil M; Anderson, Roy M (2003). "Epidemiological determinants of spread of causal agent of severe acute respiratory syndrome in Hong Kong". The Lancet. 361 (9371): 1761–1766. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(03)13410-1. PMID 12781533.
  11. WHO Ebola Response Team (2014). "Ebola Virus Disease in West Africa – The First 9 Months of the Epidemic and Forward Projections". New England Journal of Medicine. 371 (16): 1481–1495. doi:10.1056/NEJMoa1411100. PMC 4235004. PMID 25244186.
  12. Donnelly, Christl; Leisenring, Wendy; Kanki, Phyllis; Awerbuch, Tamara; Sandberg, Sonja (1993). "Comparison of transmission rates of HIV-1 and HIV-2 in a cohort of prostitutes in Senegal". Bulletin of Mathematical Biology. 55 (4): 731–743. doi:10.1007/BF02460671. PMID 8318928.
  13. Anderson, R. M.; Donnelly, C. A.; Ferguson, N. M.; Woolhouse, M. E. J.; Watt, C. J.; Udy, H. J.; MaWhinney, S.; Dunstan, S. P.; Southwood, T. R. E.; Wilesmith, J. W.; Ryan, J. B. M.; Hoinville, L. J.; Hillerton, J. E.; Austin, A. R.; Wells, G. A. H. (1996). "Transmission dynamics and epidemiology of BSE in British cattle". Nature. 382 (6594): 779–788. Bibcode:1996Natur.382..779A. doi:10.1038/382779a0. PMID 8752271.
  14. Ferguson, N. M. (2001). "The Foot-and-Mouth Epidemic in Great Britain: Pattern of Spread and Impact of Interventions". Science. 292 (5519): 1155–1160. Bibcode:2001Sci...292.1155F. doi:10.1126/science.1061020. PMID 11303090.
  15. Donnelly, Christl A.; Woodroffe, Rosie (2015). "Bovine tuberculosis: Badger-cull targets unlikely to reduce TB". Nature. 526 (7575): 640. Bibcode:2015Natur.526..640D. doi:10.1038/526640c. PMID 26511569.
  16. Donnelly, Christl (2013). "Policy: Badger-cull statistics carry uncertainty". Nature. 499 (7457): 154. Bibcode:2013Natur.499..154D. doi:10.1038/499154d. PMID 23846648.
  17. "Christl DONNELLY Order of the British Empire". The London Gazette.