Imperial College London


Faculty of MedicineSchool of Public Health

Visiting Reader







UG 11Norfolk PlaceSt Mary's Campus





My current research focuses on developing statistical methods to estimate relevant parameters within complex ecological setting by integrating various sources of information in order to better understand the dynamics of diseases’ transmission and mitigate their public health risk.

The focus of my current work concentrates on 3 themes:

  • Vector-borne and zoonotic diseases, with a strong focus on rabies and Chagas disease.
  • Emerging diseases, with a strong focus on MERS-CoV, Ebola, Zika and antibiotic resistance.
  • Rapid response to outbreaks and real-time analysis, with a strong focus on developing tools and capacity ahead of future outbreaks.

In each of those 3 themes, my interests broadly sit at the interface between ecology and epidemiology where the potential for endemic and (re-)emerging zoonotic diseases lies.

Broadly speaking, I would define myself as a quantitative biologist and epidemiologist, as I seek to resolve concrete ecological and epidemiological problems using mathematical formalisation. Importantly, I see myself as belonging to the data-driven branch of modelling, and I strongly believe that models not only need to be fed with data, but also that in turn the analysis of data is greatly enhanced by modelling.



Lushasi K, Hayes S, Ferguson EA, et al., 2021, Reservoir dynamics of rabies in Southeast Tanzania and the roles of cross-species transmission and domestic dog vaccination, Journal of Applied Ecology, ISSN:0021-8901

Gold S, Donnelly C, Woodroffe R, et al., 2021, Modelling the influence of naturally acquired immunity from subclinical infection on outbreak dynamics and persistence of rabies in domestic dogs, Plos Neglected Tropical Diseases, Vol:15, ISSN:1935-2727, Pages:1-19

Charniga K, Cucunuba ZM, Mercado M, et al., 2021, Spatial and temporal invasion dynamics of the 2014-2017 Zika and chikungunya epidemics in Colombia, Plos Computational Biology, Vol:17, ISSN:1553-734X

Charniga K, Cucunuba Z, Walteros DM, et al., 2021, Descriptive analysis of surveillance data for Zika virus disease and Zika virus-associated neurological complications in Colombia, 2015-2017, Plos One, Vol:16, ISSN:1932-6203, Pages:1-16

Djaafara A, Whittaker C, Watson OJ, et al., 2021, Using syndromic measures of mortality to capture the dynamics of COVID-19 in Java, Indonesia in the context of vaccination roll-out, Bmc Medicine, Vol:19, ISSN:1741-7015

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