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Dr Julian Villabona-Arenas

BSc ScD

Research Fellow
in HIV Phylogenetics

Room
113

LSHTM
Keppel Street
London
WC1E 7HT
United Kingdom

I'm a biologist interested in studying the evolutionary dynamics of viruses and translating this knowledge to public health. The primary tool I use is phylogenetics.

I graduated from the Universidad Industrial de Santander (UIS), Colombia in 2008 with a BSc in Biology. In 2014, I completed a ScD in Biological Sciences at Universidade de São Paulo (USP), Brazil. From 2015-2016, I was a postdoctoral scientist at Université de Montpellier (UM), France, where I worked with the French National Research Institute for Sustainable Development (IRD) and the Institute of Computational Biology (IBC). From 2017-2018 I worked with the IRD. I joined the School by mid-2018 where I am holding a research fellow position.

Affiliations

Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology
Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health

Centres

Mathematical Modelling of Infectious Diseases

Teaching

I teach molecular epidemiology in the modules Molecular Virology; Epidemiology & Omics; and Epidemiology & Control of Communicable Diseases (ECCD).

Research

My research focuses on the evolutionary dynamics of infectious diseases. I am interested in phylogenetic methods of sequence analysis that combine genetic, spatial and ecological information. I'm also keen to promote knowledge and technology transfer to developing countries. Previously, I studied Dengue virus spread at regional & global scales, and HIV drug resistance emergence & evolution in Sub-Saharan Africa. My current project concerns HIV phylogenetics and understanding transmission of multiple founder variants. This work is funded by the European Research Council (ERC).

Research Area
Surveillance
Viruses
Outbreaks
Discipline
Molecular epidemiology
Disease and Health Conditions
HIV/AIDS
Dengue
Country
Brazil
Cameroon
Congo, Dem. Rep.
Colombia
United Kingdom
Region
European Union
Latin America & Caribbean (developing only)
Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)

Selected Publications

Spatio-temporal dynamics of dengue in Brazil: seasonal travelling waves and determinants of regional synchrony.
Churakov M; Villabona-Arenas CJ; Kraemer MUG; Salje H; Cauchemez S
2019
PLoS neglected tropical diseases
MVSE: an R‐package that estimates a climate‐driven mosquito‐borne viral suitability index
Obolski U; Perez PN; Villabona‐Arenas CJ; Thézé J; Faria NR; Lourenço J
2019
Methods in Ecology and Evolution
Origin, tempo, and mode of the spread of DENV-4 Genotype IIB across the state of Sao Paulo, Brazil during the 2012-2013 outbreak
Ortiz-Baez AS; Cunha MDP; Vedovello D; Colombo TE; Nogueira ML; Villabona-Arenas CJ; Zanotto PMDA
2019
MEMORIAS DO INSTITUTO OSWALDO CRUZ
Medical countermeasures during the 2018 Ebola virus disease outbreak in the North Kivu and Ituri Provinces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo: a rapid genomic assessment.
Mbala-Kingebeni P; Aziza A; Di Paola N; Wiley MR; Makiala-Mandanda S; Caviness K; Pratt CB; Ladner JT; Kugelman JR; Prieto K
2019
The Lancet. Infectious diseases
Survey of Ebola Viruses in Frugivorous and Insectivorous Bats in Guinea, Cameroon, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, 2015-2017
De Nys HM; Kingebeni PM; Keita AK; Butel C; Thaurignac G; Villabona-Arenas C-J; Lemarcis T; Geraerts M; Vidal N; Esteban A
2018
EMERGING INFECTIOUS DISEASES
An Outbreak of Human Parvovirus B19 Hidden by Dengue Fever.
Di Paola N; Mesquita FS; Oliveira DBLD; Villabona-Arenas CJ; Zaki Pour S; de Sousa-Capra C; Lopes GP; Santana RAF; Pinho JRR; Balarini K
2018
Clinical infectious diseases : an official publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
Evolutionary history and spatio-temporal dynamics of dengue virus serotypes in an endemic region of Colombia
Jimeaez-Silva CL; Fernanda Carreno M; Susana Ortiz-Baez A; Aida Rey L; Villabona-Arenas CJ; Ocazionez RE
2018
PLOS ONE
Noninvasive western lowland gorilla's health monitoring: A decade of simian immunodeficiency virus surveillance in southern Cameroon
Villabona-Arenas CJ; Ayouba A; Esteban A; D'arc M; Ngole EM; Peeters M
2018
ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTION
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