dr. G. (Ganna) Rozhnova

Assistant Professor

  • Department of Epidemiology

dr. G. (Ganna) Rozhnova

Research Programs


Ganna Rozhnova was awarded a PhD fellowship from The Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology in December 2006 to study Statistical Physics at the University of Lisbon. On the completion of her degree in November 2010, she was awarded a postdoctoral research fellowship from the same foundation which she held at the University of Manchester. In Lisbon and in Manchester she worked in The Physics of Biological Systems Research Group (Ana Nunes) and The Complex Systems and Statistical Physics Group (Alan McKane).

Prior to joining the UMC Utrecht, she was also a visitor in Statistical Physics and Quantitative Biology research group at the University of Cologne (Michael Lassig); Gladstone Institute of Virology and Immunology, University of California, San Francisco (Igor Rouzine and Leor Weinberger); Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Princeton University (Bryan Grenfell); Department of Zoology, University of Oxford (Jessica Metcalf); Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of California, Santa Barbara (Luca Peliti).

Her current and previous research revolve around the understanding of spatio-temporal dynamics and evolution of infectious diseases. During her research career she has worked on various aspects of the modelling of childhood infections, HIV and influenza on a whole range of theoretical to applied questions.

Side Activities

  • Memberships:

    1. Institute of Physics (IOP);
    2. Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM).



    1. Physics & Math: Physical Review Letters, Physical Review E, Europhysics Letters, New Journal of Physics, Journal of Physics A: Mathematical and Theoretical, Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications, Journal of Engineering Mathematics, Physica Scripta;
    2. Biology: Ecology Letters, Journal of Theoretical Biology, PLOS journals, Vaccine, Bulletin of Mathematical Biology, Mathematical Biosciences and Engineering;
    3. Conferences: International Multi-Conference on Complexity, Informatics and Cybernetics (IMCIC), International Symposium on Integrating Research, Education, and Problem Solving (IREPS), etc.

Fellowship and Awards

  • Grants:

    1. “Stochastic metapopulation models for infection dynamics and viral evolution”. €80k. 2010-2013. Affiliation: University of Manchester & University of Lisbon. Funding Agency: Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology. Contract No. SFRH/BPD/69137/2010.
    2. “The physics of populations: the role of the contact network in the competition of species and in the propagation of diseases”. €12.5k. 2007-2011. Affiliation: University of Lisbon. Funding Agency: Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. Program “Stimulus for Research" 2007.
    3. “Spatio-temporal patterns on complex networks: the role of the structure of the interaction network”. €60k. 2006-2010. Affiliation: University of Lisbon. Funding Agency: Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology. Contract No. SFRH/BD/32164/2006.

    Scholarships and awards:

    1. Merit Scholarship. 2000-2004. V. N. Karazin Kharkiv National University, Kharkiv, Ukraine.
    2. Gold Medal “For a Marked Progress in Studies". 2000. Yenakieve Secondary School No. 8, Donetsk, Ukraine.

Research Output (18)

Impact of delays on effectiveness of contact tracing strategies for COVID-19:a modelling study

Kretzschmar Mirjam E, Rozhnova Ganna, Bootsma Martin C J, van Boven Michiel, van de Wijgert Janneke H H M, Bonten Marc J M 16 jul 2020, In: The Lancet Public Health. 5 , p. e452-e459

Impact of sexual trajectories of men who have sex with men on the reduction in HIV transmission by pre-exposure prophylaxis

Rozhnova Ganna, Heijne Janneke C.M., Basten Maartje, den Daas Chantal, Matser Amy, Kretzschmar Mirjam 1 sep 2019, In: Epidemics. 28 9 p.

Elimination prospects of the Dutch HIV epidemic among men who have sex with men in the era of preexposure prophylaxis

Rozhnova Ganna, Heijne Janneke, Bezemer Daniela, van Sighem Ard, Presanis Anne, De Angelis Daniela, Kretzschmar Mirjam 13 nov 2018, In: AIDS. 32 , p. 2615-2623 9 p.

Antigenic evolution of viruses in host populations

Rouzine Igor M., Rozhnova Ganna 1 sep 2018, In: PLoS Pathogens. 14

Modelling the dynamics of population viral load measures under HIV treatment as prevention

Rozhnova G, Anastasaki Marilena, Kretzschmar MEE 2018, In: Infectious Disease Modelling. 3 , p. 160-170

Impact of Heterogeneity in Sexual Behavior on Effectiveness in Reducing HIV Transmission with Test-and-Treat Strategy

Rozhnova Ganna, van der Loeff Maarten F Schim, Heijne Janneke C M, Kretzschmar Mirjam aug 2016, In: PLoS Computational Biology. 12

Conflicting Selection Pressures Will Constrain Viral Escape from Interfering Particles:Principles for Designing Resistance-Proof Antivirals

Rast Luke I., Rouzine Igor M., Rozhnova Ganna, Bishop Lisa, Weinberger Ariel D., Weinberger Leor S. mei 2016, In: PLoS Computational Biology. 12

Impact of commuting on disease persistence in heterogeneous metapopulations

Rozhnova G., Nunes A., McKane A. J. 1 jan 2014, In: Ecological Complexity. 19 , p. 124-129 6 p.

Characterizing the dynamics of rubella relative to measles:the role of stochasticity

Rozhnova Ganna, Metcalf C Jessica E, Grenfell Bryan T 6 nov 2013, In: Journal of the Royal Society Interface. 10 , p. 20130643

Modelling the long-term dynamics of pre-vaccination pertussis

Rozhnova Ganna, Nunes Ana 7 nov 2012, In: Journal of the Royal Society Interface. 9 , p. 2959-70 12 p.

All Research Output (18)