Imperial College London

Professor Nuno R. Faria

Faculty of MedicineSchool of Public Health

Professor in Virus Genomic Epidemiology







Sir Alexander Fleming BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





Prof. Faria's research programme is focused on studying the evolution and epidemiology of rapidly evolving viruses that circulate in human and animal populations, such as SARS-CoV-2, yellow fever, chikungunya, Zika and dengue. Current research topics include: epidemiology, evolution and phylodynamics of viral epidemics; local and regional genomic capacity and outbreak preparedness; and implementation of One Health approaches in hotspots of emerging infectious diseases.

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Current Initiatives 

Prof. Faria is the co-director of Pathogen Genomic Epidemiology unit within the MRC Centre for Global Infectious Disease Analysis Centre and the co-director of the MSc Epidemiology at Imperial College Faculty of Medicine. He also co-leads the COSERGE Project (Unifying COVID-19 Genomics, Serology and Epidemiology in Brazil) funded by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and has recently co-led the Brazil-UK CADDE Centre funded by MRC and FAPESP together with Prof. Ester Sabino. In February 2020, CADDE led the initiative that resulted in the generation, analysis and report of the first SARS-CoV-2 genomes from Latin America in <48 hours. Prof. Faria's team then provided early insights into the epidemiology and genetic diversity of SARS-CoV-2 in Brazil and uncovered a three-quarters attack rate of SARS-CoV-2 in the Amazon region by October 2020. In January 2021, his team discovered the first cases of the SARS-CoV-2 Gamma variant of concern in Manaus. He also led the ArboSPREAD project, a network for surveillance of arbovirus spread and persistence across corridors of ecological suitability between Angola and Brazil that characterised a Zika outbreak caused by Asian genotype lineage in Angola. He has previously co-led the ZiBRA project in northeast Brazil for real-time genome sequencing of Zika virus in Brazil.


Nuno Faria is currently a Professor in Virus Genomic Epidemiology at the Faculty of Medicine, School of Public Health, Imperial College, and an invited Professor in Infectious Diseases at the Institute Tropical Medicine, University of São Paulo, Brazil. Since December 2021, he became part of the World Health Organization Technical Advisory Group (TAG) on Arboviruses. He have previously been an Associate Professor at the Department of Zoology, University of Oxford (2019–2023), and Associate of the Oxford Martin School Programme on Pandemic Genomics (2019–2022), a Wellcome Trust and Royal Society Sir Henry Dale Fellow (2017–2022) and a Research Lecturer in Infectious Disease Control in University of Oxford (2013–2017).

Our Team

Nuno Faria is currently supervising PhD students Jocelyne Vasconcelos (Imperial College London), Jean Paul Carrera (University of Oxford), Victoria Cox (Imperial College London), Mayara Bertanhe (University of São Paulo, Brazil) and Ian Nunes (University of São Paulo, Brazil). Carlos Prete (University of São Paulo, Brazil) is currently visiting his lab for a 1-year FAPESP exchange programme. Dr. Ingra Claro is a postdoctoral researcher and Dr. Charles Whittaker is a Sir Henry Wellcome Research Fellow working in Prof. Faria's team. 

Our Alumni and Academic Visitors

Filipe Romero (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), Mariana Cunha (Instituto Adolfo Lutz, Sao Paulo, Brazil), Jaqueline Goes de Jesus (Federal University of Bahia, Salvador, Brazil), Lewis Buss (University of São Paulo, Brazil), Darlan Candido (University of Oxford, UK), William de Souza (University Texas Medical Branch/University of Kentucky, USA), Lucy Matkin (University of Oxford, UK), Sarah Hill (University of Oxford, UK), Dr. Tetyana Vasylyeva (University of Oxford, UK), Felipe Iani (FUNED/Federal University of Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil), Jedson Cardoso (Instituto Evandro Chagas, Belém, Brazil), Luciano Franco (Instituto Evandro Chagas, Belém, Brazil).

Our Funders

Prof. Faria's research has received funding from the Wellcome Trust and Royal Society, Medical Research Council, São Paulo Research Foundation, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Global Challenges Research Fund, the John Fell Fund (University of Oxford), and the CAPES and Santander International Mobility Programmes. 

Selected News Coverage

New York TimesGuardian, Globo, BBC News, Reuters, Wall Street Journal, Oxford University NewsScientific American. Newton Fund CADDE case study “Preparing for a pandemic saves lives (2020), Newton Fund CADDE case study – video "Real-time response to disease outbreaks in Brazil" (2023), and UKRI editorial on CADDE “Tracking COVID-19 in Brazil” (2021), UKRI ZiBRA case study "Transforming diagnostics and virus tracking with nanopore sequencing" (2017).

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

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

du Plessis L, McCrone JT, Zarebski AE, et al., 2021, Establishment and lineage dynamics of the SARS-CoV-2 epidemic in the UK, Science, Vol:371, ISSN:0036-8075, Pages:708-+

Sabino EC, Buss LF, Carvalho MPS, et al., 2021, Resurgence of COVID-19 in Manaus, Brazil, despite high seroprevalence, The Lancet, Vol:397, ISSN:0140-6736, Pages:452-455

Buss LF, Prete CA, Abrahim CMM, et al., 2021, Three-quarters attack rate of SARS-CoV-2 in the Brazilian Amazon during a largely unmitigated epidemic., Science, Vol:371, ISSN:1095-9203, Pages:288-292

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, 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

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