Imperial College London

Miss Nieves Derqui

Faculty of MedicineSchool of Public Health

Research Postgraduate







School of Public HealthWhite City Campus





I am a first-year PhD student completing a MRes PhD (1 3) programme in Epidemiology, Evolution and Control of Infectious Diseases at the Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, supervised by Dr Katy Gaythorpe, Prof Nicholas Grassly and Dr Margarita Pons Salort. I am interested in vaccine equity, and my work aims to identify factors related to poor vaccine coverage.

For my MRes year, I firstly worked under the supervision of Dr Daniel LaydonProf Samir Bhatt and Prof Neil Ferguson assessing the influence of vaccination and sociodemographic factors on the regional variation of COVID-19 transmission in the UK. Following that, I completed a project on modelling the design of Cluster Randomised Trials (CRT), with Prof Nicholas Grassly and Dr Jacob John (CMC Vellore).

I am funded by the MRC Centre for Infectious Diseases Analysis.


I completed a BSc in Biochemistry (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid) and a MSc in Vaccinology (LIVE Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree). Before joining the Mres PhD programme, I spent one year in the HPRU in Respiratory Infections at Imperial College working in studies assessing SARS-CoV-2 household transmission.

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Derqui N, Koycheva A, Zhou J, et al., 2023, Risk factors and vectors for SARS-CoV-2 household transmission: a prospective, longitudinal cohort study, The Lancet Microbe, Vol:4, ISSN:2666-5247, Pages:e397-e408

Hakki S, Zhou J, Jonnerby J, et al., 2022, Onset and window of SARS-CoV-2 infectiousness and temporal correlation with symptom onset: a prospective, longitudinal, community cohort study, The Lancet Respiratory Medicine, Vol:10, ISSN:2213-2600, Pages:1061-1073

Nealon J, Derqui N, de Courville C, et al., 2022, Looking back on 50 years of literature to understand the potential impact of influenza on extrapulmonary medical outcomes, Open Forum Infectious Diseases, Vol:9, ISSN:2328-8957, Pages:1-8

Derqui N, Nealon J, Mira-Iglesias A, et al., 2022, Predictors of influenza severity among hospitalized adults with laboratory confirmed influenza: Analysis of nine influenza seasons from the Valencia region, Spain, Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses, Vol:16, ISSN:1750-2640, Pages:862-872

Kundu R, Sam Narean J, Wang L, et al., 2022, Cross-reactive memory T cells associate with protection against SARS-CoV-2 infection in COVID-19 contacts, Nature Communications, Vol:13, ISSN:2041-1723

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