Prof Adam Kucharski
Prof of Infectious Disease Epidemiology
My research focuses on the dynamics of infectious diseases. In particular, I am interested in how social behaviour and immunity shape disease transmission, and how knowledge of such processes can improve preparedness and response. This work is funded by a Wellcome Trust/Royal Society Sir Henry Dale Fellowship. I am also co-director of the Centre for Epidemic Preparedness and Response.
From 2013–17, I held a Medical Research Council Career Development Award in Biostatistics. Prior to joining the School in October 2013, I was a postdoc at Imperial College London. I have a degree in mathematics from the University of Warwick (2009) and a PhD in applied mathematics from the University of Cambridge (2012).
I co-organise the MSc module Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases (2437), and teach about outbreak analysis and modelling on a range of other modules.
Much of my work involves developing new mathematical and statistical approaches to understand the dynamics of infectious disease outbreaks. I am particularly interested in how to combine multiple data sources – including surveillance data, social behaviour studies and novel serological surveys – to uncover transmission dynamics and impact of interventions. This research covers directly transmitted infections like COVID-19, influenza and Ebola as well as arboviruses like dengue and Zika.
Public engagement is also an important part of my work: as well as running events in schools, museums and festivals, I have worked on several projects linking citizen science with large-scale data collection.