Imperial College London

Charlie Whittaker

Faculty of MedicineSchool of Public Health

Research Postgraduate







Variety Club WingSt Mary's Campus





I am a PhD student in the Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology supervised by Prof Azra Ghani and Dr Peter Winskill

My work involves modelling infectious disease transmission dynamics, across a range of different systems that to date have included malaria, loiasis, ebola and COVID-19. Broader research interests include the comparative role of ecological and anthropic factors in driving transmission dynamics, and how environmental change influences the emergence and spread of emerging and zoonotic diseases.

For a full list of research and publications see my Google Scholar Profile


Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Whittaker C, Watson O, Alvarez-Moreno C, et al., 2021, Understanding the Potential Impact of Different Drug Properties On SARS-CoV-2 Transmission and Disease Burden: A Modelling Analysis, Clinical Infectious Diseases, ISSN:1058-4838

Okell L, Whittaker C, Ghani A, et al., 2021, Global patterns of submicroscopic Plasmodium falciparum malaria infection: insights from a systematic review and meta-analysis of population surveys, The Lancet Microbe, Vol:2, ISSN:2666-5247, Pages:e366-e374

Djaafara A, Whittaker C, Watson OJ, et al., 2021, Using syndromic measures of mortality to capture the dynamics of COVID-19 in Java, Indonesia in the context of vaccination roll-out, BMC Medicine, Vol:19, ISSN:1741-7015

Faria NR, Mellan TA, Whittaker C, et al., 2021, Genomics and epidemiology of the P.1 SARS-CoV-2 lineage in Manaus, Brazil, Science, Vol:372, ISSN:0036-8075, Pages:815-821

Watson O, Alhaffar M, Mehchy Z, et al., 2021, Leveraging community mortality indicators to infer COVID-19 mortality and transmission dynamics in Damascus, Syria, Nature Communications, Vol:12, ISSN:2041-1723, Pages:1-10

Stresman G, Whittaker C, Slater HC, et al., 2020, Quantifying Plasmodium falciparum infections clustering within households to inform household-based intervention strategies for malaria control programs: An observational study and meta-analysis from 41 malaria-endemic countries, PLOS Medicine, Vol:17, ISSN:1549-1277

Hogan A, Jewell B, Sherrard-Smith E, et al., 2020, Potential impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on HIV, TB and malaria in low- and middle-income countries: a modelling study, The Lancet Global Health, Vol:8, ISSN:2214-109X, Pages:e1132-e1141

Flaxman S, Mishra S, Gandy A, et al., 2020, Estimating the effects of non-pharmaceutical interventions on COVID-19 in Europe, Nature, Vol:584, ISSN:0028-0836, Pages:257-261

Sherrard-Smith E, Hogan AB, Hamlet A, et al., 2020, The potential public health consequences of COVID-19 on malaria in Africa., Nature Medicine, Vol:26, ISSN:1078-8956, Pages:1411-1416

Walker PGT, Whittaker C, Watson OJ, et al., 2020, The impact of COVID-19 and strategies for mitigation and suppression in low- and middle-income countries, Science, Vol:369, ISSN:0036-8075, Pages:413-422

Verity R, Okell LC, Dorigatti I, et al., 2020, Estimates of the severity of coronavirus disease 2019: a model-based analysis., Lancet Infectious Diseases, Vol:20, ISSN:1473-3099, Pages:669-677

Cremin Í, Watson O, Heffernan A, et al., 2018, An infectious way to teach students about outbreaks, Epidemics, Vol:23, ISSN:1755-4365, Pages:42-48

Whittaker C, Walker M, Pion SDS, et al., 2018, The population biology and transmission dynamics of Loa loa, Trends in Parasitology, Vol:34, ISSN:1471-5007, Pages:335-350

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