Dr. Deardon obtained a B.Sc. (HONS) in Mathematics & Statistics at the University of Exeter, before completing an MSc in Medical Statistics at the University of Southampton, and his PhD in Applied Statistics at the University of Reading. Since he began his postdoctoral research associateship at the University of Cambridge in 2003, his main research area has been that of the statistical modelling of infectious disease spread, along with an active interest in Bayesian & computational statistics that facilitates such modelling. He is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics & Statistics at the University of Guelph. He collaborates with a number of faculty in Population Medicine at the OVC, much of his infectious disease modelling work focusing on diseases of domestic animals. He currently has a research group consisting of eight PhD, one MSc, and one undergraduate research students, all working on various areas of disease spread modelling and surveillance. These students are predominately funded through OMAFRA and NSERC grants.