Nuno Faria is a Reader in the Department for Infectious Disease Epidemiology. He is interested in the epidemiology and evolution of rapidly evolving viruses that circulate in human, vector and animal populations, particularly arboviruses such as yellow fever, chikungunya, Zika and dengue. More recently, he has also been coordinating genomic, epidemiological and serological SARS-CoV-2 studies in Brazil. His team focuses on laboratory and evolutionary studies conducted mainly across Brazil, Panama, and Angola. His research aims to strengthen the scientific evidence base for public health surveillance and to enhance local and regional capacity and response to outbreaks of emergent viruses.
He coordinates the Brazil-UK CADDE centre (Centre for Arbovirus Discovery, Diagnostics, Genomics and Epidemiology) together with Prof. Ester Sabino from the University of São Paulo. The team is working towards a system for virus surveillance and research in Latin America that is based around genome sequencing and big data epidemiology. Recently, CADDE has led the initiative that generated the first SARS-CoV-2 genomes from Latin America in <48 hours. He also leads the ArboSPREAD project, a network for surveillance of arbovirus spread and persistence across corridors of ecological suitability between Angola and Brazil. He has previously co-led the ZiBRA project in northeast Brazil for real-time genome sequencing of Zika virus inBrazil (2016-2018). He is currently a Wellcome Trust and Royal Society Sir Henry Dale Fellow, an Associate Professor at the Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, and an Associate of the Oxford Martin School Programme on Pandemic Genomics, University of Oxford. He is also a Research Fellow in the Sciences at Balliol College, Oxford. He is funded by the Wellcome Trust and Royal Society, MRC, FAPESP and GCRF. Nuno's Google Scholar profile with a list of publications can be found here.
Current research topics include epidemiology, evolution and phylodynamics of viral epidemics; Real-time nanopore (meta)genomic sequencing for virus surveillance and outbreak preparedness; Capacity building and technology transfer; One health approaches for anticipating viral emergence in hotspots of emerging infectious diseases.