Wiriya Mahikul’s research interests are mathematical modelling and population dynamics. His current research project is focused on assessing the impacts of population changes on infectious disease epidemiology using mathematical modelling as a predictive tool. He is particularly interested in applying these techniques to Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV), which is mainly a problem in young kids, and Melioidosis, a serious community-acquired infectious disease in adults and elderly people. Changes in population structure will impact both the assessment of risk for these diseases as well as the disease burden. This information will be essential for health policy and planning to prevent and control the disease.