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 the transmission dynamics of malaria across the diverse range of ecological settings present in India. Specifically, I am seeking to assess how heterogeneity in the distribution of vector species, parasites and ecological factors influence what constitutes the most effective way to combat the disease. More broadly, my interests include vector borne diseases, the role of ecological and anthropic factors in shaping their transmission dynamics, and the role of environmental change in influencing the emergence and spread of emerging and zoonotic diseases.

I also maintain a research interest in the infection loiasis. Caused by the helminthic parasite Loa loa, the disease has been recently been identified as a significant public health issue in Central Africa. This has motivated significant interest in mathematical modelling of this parasite’s transmission dynamics, a project I began as part of my MSc and which I remain actively involved in alongside Professor Maria-Gloria Basanez and Dr Martin Walker.


Selected Publications

Journal Articles

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

Whittaker C, Dean C, 2017, The FLC Locus: A Platform for Discoveries in Epigenetics and Adaptation, Annual Review of Cell and Developmental Biology, Vol:33, ISSN:1081-0706, Pages:555-575

Meyer MT, Whittaker C, Griffiths H, 2017, The algal pyrenoid: key unanswered questions, Journal of Experimental Botany, Vol:68, ISSN:0022-0957, Pages:3739-3749

More Publications