Dr Birgitte Freiesleben de Blasio is professor II at the University of Oslo and department director at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH) and heads the COVID-19 modelling team at NIPH, a collaboration between researchers at NIPH, University of Oslo, Norwegian Computing Centre and Telenor Research.

Her research is focused on mathematical modelling of infectious diseases to assist policy decision-making and social network analysis related to understanding transmission patterns of infectious diseases.

She has an MSc (1997) and PhD (2002) from the Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.