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2 Student positions for development of interactive teaching material is available.

PhD-Position in machine learning and time series analysis is available.

On March 18-20th 2019 together with Andrzej Jarynowski and Marcus Doherr we orginize a workshop on "Social network analysis in one health epidemiology". Travel grants are available. Supported by COST.

Austellung "Seuchen von Tier und Mensch auf Netzwerken" auf der Langen Nacht der Wissenschaften

Co-authorship network. Nodes represent researchers and edges represent shared authorships of scientific publications

In the System Modeling group, complex systems of various nature are investigated. Main focus lies on data-driven research on complex networks, stochastic processes with major application in epidemiology, human and animal mobility, behaviorial science, bioinformatics, system biology of host-pathogen interactions. Being part of the Institute for Veterinary Epidemiology and Biostatistics of the Department of Veterinary Medicine at Freie Universität Berlin, we seek to apply mathematical, statistical, computational, machine learning methods in such a highly interdisplinary field as animal science and medicine in general. We are also involved into teaching at the Department of Mathematics and Informatics as well in the "Master of Science in Statistics" program.


  1. Prof. Dr. Vitaly Belik, group head
  2. Dr. Anastasia Lavrova, Project: KlauenFitNet2.0 and TB Modeling
  3. Andrzej Jarynowski, guest scientist (CA15120 OpenMultiMed STSM program visitor, 23.07-12.08.2017)
  4. Andrzej Buda, guest scientist (Poland)
  5. Dimitri Stepanov, PhD Student (co-supervision together with Prof. Gerhard Wolber)
  6. Taras Günther, PhD Student
  7. Ksenia Ovadenko, MS Student, Statistics
  8. Andrea Palmini, MS Student, Statistics
  9. Damiano Ferrari, MS Student, Statistics (cooperation with PD Roswitha Merle)
  10. Ricardo Xavier Ramirez Iza, guest scientist (Ecuador))
  11. Bashar Morouj, BS Student, Bioinformatics (co-supervision together with Prof. Knut Reinert)
  12. A Sergeeva (Veterinary Medicine), PhD-Test-Scholarship (01.07-30.08.2018)
  13. Former Members

  14. Victor Jacob, MS Student, Computer Scince (co-supervision together Prof. Christof Schütte)
  15. Sarah Jahn, BS Student, Bioinformatics
  16. Niek Andresen, MS Student, Computer Science (co-supervision with Prof. Olaf Hellwich, TU Berlin)
  17. Jelena Larina, MS Student, Statistics, Thesis: Toxocara prevalence in Germany: a statistical approach in calculating the necessary sample size for the future study.
  18. Stephanie Ibscher, now at Pfizer, MS Thesis in Statistics: Time series analysis of animal sensor data: heat-stress effects on dairy cows.
  19. Andrzej Buda, guest scientist (Poland)
  20. Adrian Pacheco, former guest scientist (Ecuador)

Open Positions

2 Student positions for development of interactive teaching material is available.

PhD-Postition is available.

If you are interested in working on one of the topics below for your MS/BS/PhD-Project, please contact me: vitaly.belik at fu-berlin.de
  1. Modeling lung lesion development caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis
  2. Parasite-host-environment dynamics (Studentishe Hilfskraftstelle is available)
  3. Modeling the spread of African swine fever in Europe
  4. Microbiome dynamics
  5. Computer vision and Machine learning in animal health applications
  6. Disease spread on networks of hospitals and animal trade networks
  7. Time series analysis in application to sensor data on animal behavior for health monitoring(Paid student position is available)
  8. Hormon dymanics in dogs
  9. Citation and co-authorship networks analysis


Spread of ASF in Poland

Spread of African Swine Fever in Poland

Selected Publications

  • Anastasia I. Lavrova, D.S. Esmedljaeva, Vitaly Belik, Eugene B. Postnikov, Matrix metalloproteinases as markers of acute inflammation process in the pulmonary tuberculosis (submitted to MDPI Data)
  • Andrey Zyubin, Anastasia Lavrova, Olga Manicheva, Marine Dogonadze, Vitaly Belik, Ilya Samusev, Raman spectroscopy reveals M. tuberculosis strains with different antibiotic susceptibility, Laser Physics Letters, 16: 085602 (2019)
  • J. Heinicke, C. Ammon, V Belik and T Amon, Analysis of the heat load effects on the individual activity of lactating dairy cows under accumulation of heat load in a naturally ventilated barn (submitted to ECPLF Conference)
  • R Pieper, A Pacheco, V Belik, et al, working title: Abnormal rearing conditions delay effective age as predicted by gut microbiome composition in piglets (in preparation)
  • Niek Andresen, Manuel Wöllhaf, Katharina Hohlbaum, Lars Lewejohann, Olaf Hellwich, Christa Thöne-Reineke, and Vitaly Belik, working title: Towards a Fully Automated Surveillance of Well-being Status in Laboratory Mice Using Deep Learning (submitted)
  • Jarynowski A., Belik, V. Choroby przenoszone drogą płciową w dobie Internetu i Ezdrowia – kalkulatory ryzyka, in "Człowiek Zalogowany", Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Jagiellońskiego (accepted)
  • Julia Heinicke, Stephanie Ibscher, Vitaly Belik, Thomas Amon, Cow individual activity response to the accumulation of heat load duration. J Thermal Biology.
  • J Heinicke, S Ibscher, V Belik, T Amon, Effects of the Accumulation of Heat Load Duration on the Activity Behaviour of Lactating Dairy Cows, in Proceedings of New Engineering Concepts for Valued Agriculture. European Conference (2018)
  • A Jarynowski, V Belik, working title: Inference of the spreading paths of the African Swine Fever in Poland (in preparation)
  • Leveraging topological and temporal structure of hospital referral networks for epidemic control, Vitaly Belik, André Karch, Philipp Hövel, and Rafael Mikolajczyk, In: Masuda N., Holme P. (eds) Temporal Network Epidemiology. Theoretical Biology. Springer, Singapore (2017) 199-214
  • Surveillance for Outbreak Detection in Livestock-Trade Networks. Frederik Schirdewahn, Vittoria Colizza, Hartmut HK Lentz, Andreas Koher, Vitaly Belik, Philipp Hövel. In: Masuda N., Holme P. (eds) Temporal Network Epidemiology. Theoretical Biology. Springer, Singapore (2017) 215-240
  • Control of Epidemics on Hospital Networks. V Belik, P Hövel, R Mikolajczyk, in Control of Self-Organizing Nonlinear Systems, Springer (2016) 431-440
  • Controlling contagious processes on temporal networks via adaptive rewiring. V Belik, A Fengler, F Fiebig, HHK Lentz, P Hövel, http://arxiv.org/abs/1509.04054
  • Unravelling daily human mobility motifs. CM Schneider, V Belik, T Couronné, Z Smoreda, MC González, Journal of The Royal Society Interface 10 (84), 20130246 (2013)
  • Natural human mobility patterns and spatial spread of infectious diseases. V Belik, T Geisel, D Brockmann, Physical Review X 1 (1), 011001 (2011)
  • Teaching

    Teaching in WiSe 2019

  • Digital Veterinary Medicine
  • Forschung am Fachbereich (VeterinÃrmedizin)
  • Teaching in WiSe 2018/19

  • Digital Veterinary Medicine, Wahlpflichtveranstaltung 08788, Zeit: Do 14:30-16:00 (Erster Termin: 18.10.2018) Ort: Hörsaal Tierpathologie (Robert-von-Ostertag-Str. 15)
  • Forschung am Fachbereich (Veterinärmedizin), Wahlpflichtveranstaltung 08748 Zeit: Fr 13:30-14:15 (Erster Termin: 19.10.2018) Ort: KR Pferdewissenschaft (Pferdeklinik 1. OG)
  • Fallstudienseminar an der Statistischen Beratungseinheit fu:stat (S2) 104114 zusammen mit Ulrich Rendtel und Timo Schmid Zeit: Mi 24.10. 16:00-18:00, Mi 07.11. 16:00-18:00 (Erster Termin: 24.10.2018) Ort: 315 Besprechungsraum (Garystr. 21)
  • Teaching in SoSe 2018

  • Digital Veterinary Medicine, Wahlpflichtveranstaltung 08782, Zeit: Do 14:30-16:00 (Erster Termin: 19.04.2018) Ort: Hörsaal Klinik für Klauentiere
  • Forschung am Fachbereich (Veterinärmedizin), Wahlpflichtveranstaltung 08781 Zeit: Do 13:30-14:15 (Erster Termin: 19.04.2018) Ort: Hörsaal Klinik für Klauentiere
  • Teaching in WiSe 2017/18

  • Angewandte Biometrie, elective course within MS Statistik, together with Prof. Marcus Doherr and PD Lorenz Gygax (jeweils Montags, ab 16.10. von 13:30 bis 15:00 im Raum 107 (1. OG.) in Königsweg 67, Haus 21, 14163 Berlin)
  • Networks analysis in bio-medicine: Spreading processes and dynamics, Seminar 19403811, together with Dr. Nataša Conrad and Prof. Tim Conrad
  • Forschung am Fachbereich (Veterinärmedizin), Wahlpflichtveranstaltung 08781
  • DRS (Dahlem Research School) Spring School, Introduction into Statistical Methods with R, weekly course, together with Prof. Marcus Doherr and PD Lorenz Gygax
  • Teaching in SoSe 2017

  • Angewandte Numerik in der Systembiologie, Seminar 19403511, together with Dr. Max von Kleist and Dr. Vikram Sunkara
  • Forschung am Fachbereich (Veterinärmedizin), Wahlpflichtveranstaltung 08781
  • Software



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