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My work centres around characterising the dynamics of infectious diseases, and the drivers underpinning variation in these dynamics. To date, this has included Malaria, Loiasis and (more recently) COVID-19. 



Characterising the processes underpinning diversity and heterogeneity in malaria dynamics, including household clustering, submicroscopic infections and seasonality. 

Key Publications:

  • C. Whittaker, P. Winskill, M. Sinka et al. "The Ecological Structure of Mosquito Population Seasonal Dynamics." medRxiv (2021).

  • C. Whittaker, H. Slater, R. Nash et al. "Global & Temporal Patterns of Submicroscopic Plasmodium falciparum Malaria Infection." The Lancet Microbe (2021).


Exploring the transmission dynamics and population biology of the nematode parasite Loa loa, and quantifying its burden of disease across Central Africa.

Key Publications:

  • C. Whittaker*, M. Walker*, S. Pion et al. ""The population biology and transmission dynamics of Loa loa." Trends in Parasitology (2018).

  • K. Buell*, Charles Whittaker*, C. Chesnais et al. "Atypical clinical manifestations of loiasis
    and their relevance for endemic populations." Open Forum Infectious Diseases (2019).




Understanding the disparate impact of the virus globally, particularly regarding novel genomic variants and the drivers of transmission at a range of spatial scales. 

Key Publications:

  • P. Walker*, C. Whittaker*, O. Watson* et al . "The impact of COVID-19 and strategies for mitigation and suppression in low-and middle-income countries." Science (2020)

  • N. Faria*, T. Mellan*, C. Whittaker* et al. “Genomics and epidemiology of a novel SARS-CoV-2 lineage in Manaus, Brazil.” Science (2021).

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