Imperial College London

Dr Darlan Candido

Faculty of MedicineSchool of Public Health

Research Associate







Building E - Sir Michael UrenWhite City Campus





I am a Research Associate in the Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology. My research focuses on using epidemiological and genomic data to understand virus spread, transmission and evolution. Currently, my work is developed in the Vaccine Epidemiology Research Group, under the supervision of Dr Isobel Blake and Prof Nick Grassly, applying mathematical models and phylogenetic tools to explore the dynamics of spread of vaccine-derived polio virus in African countries.

I hold a Bachelor’s in Pharmacy from the Federal University of Ceará and a Master’s in Allergy and Immunopathology from the University of São Paulo. In 2022, I was awarded a PhD in Zoology from the University of Oxford following my work on the epidemiology and genomics of arboviruses and SARS-CoV-2 in Brazil and other Latin American countries. My PhD research was developed within the scope of the Brazil-UK Centre for Arbovirus Discovery, Diagnosis, Genomics and Epidemiology (CADDE) and explored the initial spread of SARS-CoV-2 in Brazil and its evolution, including the identification, reporting and description of the P.1/Gamma variant of concern in Manaus in January 2021. I also investigated the within-hospital spread of SARS-CoV-2 in São Paulo using both epidemiological and genomic data from patients and healthcare workers.

I have previously worked on other pathogens, such as Trypanosoma cruzi, causative agent of Chagas’ disease and have done extensive wet lab work, especially Nanopore sequencing.

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Brizzi A, Whittaker C, Servo LMS, et al., 2022, Spatial and temporal fluctuations in COVID-19 fatality rates in Brazilian hospitals, Nature Medicine, Vol:28, ISSN:1078-8956

Lima STSD, Souza WMD, Cavalcante JW, et al., 2021, Fatal outcome of chikungunya virus infection in Brazil., Clinical Infectious Diseases, Vol:73, ISSN:1058-4838, Pages:e2436-e2443

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

Candido DS, Claro IM, de Jesus JG, et al., 2020, Evolution and epidemic spread of SARS-CoV-2 in Brazil, Science, Vol:369, ISSN:0036-8075, Pages:1255-1260

de Souza WM, Buss LF, Candido DDS, et al., 2020, Epidemiological and clinical characteristics of the COVID-19 epidemic in Brazil, Nature Human Behaviour, Vol:4, ISSN:2397-3374, Pages:856-+

Candido DDS, Watts A, Abade L, et al., 2020, Routes for COVID-19 importation in Brazil

Naveca FG, Claro I, Giovanetti M, et al., 2019, Genomic, epidemiological and digital surveillance of Chikungunya virus in the Brazilian Amazon, PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, Vol:13, ISSN:1935-2735

Hill SC, Vasconcelos J, Neto Z, et al., 2019, Emergence of the Zika virus Asian lineage in Angola

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