Dr Michael Tildesley is a Reader in the Zeeman Institute for Systems Biology and Infectious Disease Epidemiology Research at the University of Warwick. He completed his Ph.D. in Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics at the University of Cambridge in 2003, but has been working in the field of mathematical epidemiology since then. His research focuses upon the development of models of infectious diseases and their utility as predictive tools. He has a particular interest in the predictive power of models in the early stages of disease outbreaks, when there is significant uncertainty regarding the spread of disease.

Dr Tildesley has strong links with policy makers, working closely with the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) upon strategies for disease control.

Dr Tildesley is currently a member of the Scientific Pandemic Influenza Modelling group (SPI-M), the modelling subgroup of SAGE, and has been working throughout the COVID-19 pandemic upon the development of models to inform a range of policy questions in the UK.