Jonas graduated from Friedrich Schiller University Jena (Germany) in 2018, with a degree in Data Science and Geoinformatics. In 2019, he joined Animal Health Ireland to pursue a PhD developing the economic modelling required in the planning of national control programmes in the cattle sector in Ireland
This involved analysis of seroprevalence data to study transmission patterns of both IBR and BVD. A further component of this work was the development of epidemiological models that replicate the spread of infectious diseases in the Irish cattle population. These models are used to simulate the possible options and alternatives available when planning national disease control programmes.
He was awarded his PhD in 2021 from the Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science from the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena for his research on epidemiological modelling of IBR control and eradication. In addition, he was also awarded the Konrad-Boegel-Award from the University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover (Germany), in recognition for his outstanding work in the field of veterinary epidemiology.
Following the award of his PhD, Jonas is continuing to work with AHI as an assistant programme manager, with a primary focus on BVD and IBR.