Imperial College London


Faculty of MedicineSchool of Public Health

Visiting Researcher



+44 (0)7747 434 948o.watson15




Praed StreetSt Mary's Campus





I am a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, working with Prof Azra Ghani and Dr Patrick Walker on modelling the transmission of COVID-19. I also hold a position at Brown University in the Bailey Lab working on malaria population genetics.  


My undergraduate degree was in Natural Sciences at Pembroke College, Cambridge before completing a master's degree in Systems Biology, working on multi-omic computational methods for identifying new biochemical reactions indicative of disease.

For my PhD I worked on integrating genetic information into malaria transmission modelling with Prof Azra Ghani, Dr Lucy Okell and Dr Robert Verity. This work was focussed on extending malaria transmission models that have been used in creating global technical strategies for malaria control by including parasite genetic information.



McCabe R, Kont MD, Watson O, et al., 2021, Communicating uncertainty in epidemic models, Epidemics: the Journal of Infectious Disease Dynamics, Vol:37, ISSN:1755-4365, Pages:1-6

Mousa A, Winskill P, Watson OJ, et al., 2021, Social Contact Patterns and Implications for Infectious Disease Transmission: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Contact Surveys, Elife, ISSN:2050-084X

Favas C, Jarrett P, Ratnayake R, et al., 2021, Country differences in transmissibility, age distribution and case-fatality of SARS-CoV-2: a global ecological analysis., Int J Infect Dis

Whittaker C, Walker PGT, Alhaffar M, et al., 2021, Under-reporting of deaths limits our understanding of true burden of covid-19, Bmj-british Medical Journal, Vol:375, ISSN:0959-535X

Whittaker C, Watson O, Alvarez-Moreno C, et al., 2021, Understanding the Potential Impact of Different Drug Properties On SARS-CoV-2 Transmission and Disease Burden: A Modelling Analysis, Clinical Infectious Diseases, ISSN:1058-4838

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