Staff

Paul Torgerson - head of unit

Paul Torgerson
Prof. Dr. Paul Torgerson

Professor Torgerson is a British trained veterinarian and graduated from Cambridge University in 1986. Subsequently after a period in clinical practice, first as a large animal intern at Glasgow Veterinary School followed by agricultural veterinary practice, Professor Torgerson returned to Cambridge to complete a PhD in Parasitology. He was subsequently appointed as a lecturer at University College Dublin where he developed an interest in parasite epidemiology. In 2002 he was invited to lead a group on parasite epidemiology at the Institute of Parasitology in Zurich and remained there until 2008. Following a brief spell at Ross University in The Caribbean, Professor Torgerson was appointed to the newly created chair of veterinary epidemiology in Zurich from late 2009. Professor Torgerson also holds the Diploma of the European College of Veterinary Public Health with a speciality in population medicine and the Diploma of the European Veterinary Parasitology College.
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Contact Prof. Paul Torgerson
Office: TBA 10.11
Phone: +41 44 635 90 41
E-mail: paul.torgerson@access.uzh.ch

Anou Dreyfus - senior scientist

Anou Dreyfus
Dr. Anou Dreyfus

Having travelled extensively since her childhood in low income countries, Dr. Dreyfus has been sensitized to health issues in a setting of poverty from early on. This -together with her interest in science and veterinary medicine- lead Dr. Dreyfus to pursue a career as a veterinary epidemiologist with a special interest in public health and neglected infectious diseases. In 2001 she graduated as a veterinarian from University of Berne, where she also was awarded her doctorate (2002-03). Dr. Dreyfus obtained her epidemiological training at the Royal Veterinary College and School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in London (2005, postgraduate MSc) and at Massey University, New Zealand, where she obtained a PhD on leptospirosis in humans and pastoral livestock in 2013. She gained national and international work experience in the field of public health, working for the Food and Agriculture Organization in Rome in a BSE capacity building project in Serbia (2003-04) and for the Federal Office of Public Health in Berne on pandemic influenza planning among many other projects (2006-08).
In February 2013 she joined the Veterinary Epidemiology Group in Zurich as senior research assistant, lecturer and statistical consultant. Her main research area of interest is the investigation of the leptospirosis burden in humans and animals, improvement of Leptospira laboratory capacity in a resource poor setting and the development of control strategies nationally and globally. She is an active member of GLEAN, the Global Leptospirosis Environmental Action Network (http://glean-lepto.org) of WHO.

Contact Dr. Anou Dreyfus
Office: TBA 10.15A
Phone:+41 44 635 90 51
E-mail: adreyfus@vetclinics.uzh.ch

Sonja Hartnack - senior scientist

Sonja Hartnack
Dr. Sonja Hartnack

Dr. Hartnack studied veterinary medicine at the University of Munich and at the University of Liege from 1994-2000. She was awarded her doctorate following studies in animal nutrition from University of Munich in 2002. Between 2002 and 2009 she was employed as a postdoctoral researcher on a number of projects at the Veterinary Faculties of Munich, Leipzig, and the Vetsuisse Faculty in Bern. She joined the Veterinary Epidemiology Group in Zurich in early 2010. Dr. Hartnack holds the Diploma in Veterinary Virology from the Veterinary Chamber of Saxony and the Diploma of the European College of Veterinary Public Health with a speciality in Population Medicine.
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Contact Dr. Sonja Hartnack
Office: TBA 10.15
Phone: +41 44 635 90 51
E-mail: sonja.hartnack@access.uzh.ch

Simon Rüegg - senior scientist

Simon Ruegg
Dr. Simon Rüegg

Dr Simon Rüegg is veterinarian. He completed a doctorate (DVM) and a PhD in epidemiology, biostatistics and molecular diagnostics of tick-borne equine piroplasmoses. Throughout field projects in southern Mongolia and as a veterinary practitioner he gained a solid understanding of practical aspects of veterinary medicine and epidemiology. From 2013 he worked as postdoc at the Veterinary Public Health Institute at the Vetsuisse-Faculty of Berne conducting an EMIDA project on cost efficacy of surveillance for vector-borne diseases and supervising a doctoral student. In September 2013 he has joined the Veterinary Epidemiology Group in Zurich as senior research assistant and lecturer. He also participates in the statistic consultancy. His research interest is the application of the theory of complex adaptive systems to medicine, in particular its impact on the medical decision making process, the relation between scientific, emotive, financial, ethical and social aspects, and the sustainability of medical practices. He also investigates the application of complex dynamical systems metrics to medical time series and is involved in several epidemiological investigations in Switzerland He is co-leading a working group of the COST Action "Network on the Evaluation of One Health", establishing an evaluation framework. He contributes to the editorial review board of the journal Epidemiology and Infection, the Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine, Frontiers in Veterinary Science and teaches for the Swiss Association of Zoological Traders (Verband Zoologischer Fachgeschäfte Schweiz). Furthermore, he is member of the European Association of Zoo and Wildlife Veterinarians, Swiss Association of Exotic Pets, Zoo and Wildlife, Swiss Association of Veterinarians. His publication list can be consulted here:
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Contact Dr. Simon Ruegg
Office: TBA 10.15
Phone: +41 44 635 90 51
E-mail: srueegg@vetclinics.uzh.ch

Giulia Paternoster - PhD student

Giulia Paternoster
Giulia Paternoster

Giulia is a veterinary epidemiologist with a strong interest in public health, infectious and zoonotic diseases. She is interested in the science-policy interface, particularly in neglected tropical diseases that affect developing societies, epidemiological methods and their practical application to health policies within a global and One Health perspective.

Giulia studied veterinary medicine at the University of Bologna and at the University of Madrid. From 2012 to 2016 she has worked as epidemiologist in a veterinary public health institute (IZSLER, Italy) on different projects funded by the Italian Ministry of Health and related to veterinary epidemiology and public health. After obtaining her MSc degree in Animal Health at the University of Milan in 2016, she worked as visiting researcher at Kansas State University (KSU, USA) on projects concerned with the development of risk assessment models for foreign animal diseases, and collaborated with KSU International Programs. Giulia is a member of the COST Action “Network for Evaluation of One Health”. As part of this network for scientific collaboration, she contributes with a project on the evaluation of the integrated West Nile virus surveillance in Italy, including economic and sociological aspects of zoonoses mitigation.

In July 2017, Giulia joined the Veterinary Epidemiology Group in Zurich to undertake research towards a PhD in Epidemiology and Biostatistics (Life Science Zurich Graduate School) with Prof. Paul Togerson, as part of an SNSF funded project. The research project is on the epidemiology and transmission of Echinococcus in Kyrgyzstan. It involves field work in Kyrgyzstan, technology transfer, capacity building, mathematical modelling, statistical modelling and GIS system analysis.

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Contact Giulia Paternoster

Office: TBA 10.13

Phone: +41 44 63 58495

E-mail: giulia.paternoster@uzh.ch

Duriya Charypkhan - doctoral student

Duriya Charypkhan
Duriya Charypkhan

Duriya is a young veterinary professional that has obtained her BVSc at the Kazakh National Agrarian University (2011-2016) with a possibility to study meanwhile as a grantee at Wageningen University. In 2016-2018 she was studying towards her Masters degree and at the same time she was employed at Kazakh Scientific Research Veterinary Institute (KazSRVI) where she started off as a laboratory assistant, later becoming junior researcher and this year January being promoted to Head of Brucellosis Laboratory. During her first year of Masters, in the beginning of 2017, Duriya came to our unit as a visiting researcher for five months and worked on her topic entitled “Epidemiology of Brucellosis in Kazakhstan” under supervision of Prof. Torgerson. A large data set of the incidence of animal and human brucellosis in Kazakhstan from 2006 to 2016 was analyzed. The analysis also included the geographical distribution using GIS systems, trends in the temporal incidence and socioeconomic impact of the disease, including monetary analysis and human health burden in terms of Disability Adjusted Life Years.

During her 2 years of employment at KazSRVI she was involved in numerous projects regarding brucellosis control in Kazakhstan in cooperation with OIE, worked closely with Ministry of Agriculture to review and update LSD national control program in order to harmonize it with international standards, took part in OIE PVS field missions and attended several FAO, OIE meetings as an observer from Member Country. 

This year, in August, Ms. Charypkhan had joined our unit as a doctoral student, working on a One Health project supervised by Simon Ruegg, where the goal is to identify the obstacles met during acquisition of a systems approach when transitioning towards an integrated approach to Brucellosis control in Kazakhstan.  

Contact Duriya Charypkhan

Office: TBA 10.13

Phone: +41 44 63 58495

E-mail: duriya.charypkhan@uzh.ch