Imperial College London

Ms Olivia Bonaldo Boyd

Faculty of MedicineDepartment of Metabolism, Digestion and Reproduction

Research Postgraduate



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My research interests include developing mathematical and statistical models to understand disease transmission in the context of sustained and pandemic outbreaks. Currently, I am working, under the supervision of Dr. Jeff Eaton, on estimation and modelling of real-time HIV incidence in Malawi, with a focus in adolescent girls and young women, aiming to develop novel methods for extrapolating population incidence estimates from surveillance data collected at ante-natal care clinics.

Prior to starting this position at Imperial, I completed an MSc in Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine under the supervision of Dr. Marc Baguelin. During my time at LSHTM, I utilised epidemiological data and pathogen genome sequences collected by Public Health England during the A-H1N1 influenza pandemic outbreak in 2009 to observe how the integration of genetic data into mathematical modelling of an outbreak can provide a more reliable estimate of disease transmission, specifically within the context of pandemic outbreaks. 

In the fall I will be commencing the Wellcome Trust PhD programme in Epidemiology, Evolution and Control of Infectious Diseases at Imperial College. 



Ainslie KEC, Walters CE, Fu H, et al., 2020, Evidence of initial success for China exiting COVID-19 social distancing policy after achieving containment [version 1; peer review: 2 approved], Wellcome Open Res, Vol:5, ISSN:2398-502X

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