Imperial College London

Charlie Whittaker

Faculty of MedicineSchool of Public Health

Research Associate







Building E - Sir Michael UrenWhite City Campus





I am a Sir Henry Wellcome Research Fellow in mathematical modelling and infectious disease epidemiology at the MRC Centre for Global Infectious Disease Analysis, where my research centres around mathematical modelling of infectious disease transmission, with a focus on the detectability, dynamics and control of pathogens with pandemic potential. You can find out more about my research on my personal website.

Previously, I was PhD student in the department where I worked on the seasonality of malaria transmission dynamics with Prof Azra Ghani, Prof Samir Bhatt and Dr Peter Winskill, as well as various other disease systems that to date have loiasis, ebola and COVID-19. Broader research interests include include disease ecology, the dynamics of emerging infectious diseases, surveillance system design and mitigating globally catastrophic biological risks.

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., 2022, Understanding the Potential Impact of Different Drug Properties On SARS-CoV-2 Transmission and Disease Burden: A Modelling Analysis, Clinical Infectious Diseases, Vol:75, ISSN:1058-4838, Pages:e224-e233

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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