Henrik SaljeCore Faculty
Henrik Salje established the Pathogen Dynamics Group in 2020. He and his team were previously at Institut Pasteur in Paris, France. His research combines the development of analytical approaches with empirical research to better understand the transmission dynamics of different infectious diseases with the ultimate goal of helping guide control efforts. In particular, this involves working with genetic, antigenic, and epidemiological data alongside information on how populations behave, interact with their environment. He has an undergraduate degree in Biochemistry from Oxford University, a Master's degree in Biostatistics from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and a PhD in Epidemiology, also from Johns Hopkins.
Research Associate in the Pathogen Dynamics Group. He is studying the role of antigenic and genetic diversity of dengue virus in driving the transmission and population risk in Thailand. He is interested in system immunology, metagenomics, serology, statistical epidemiology, and mathematical modeling, with applications in arbovirus (e.g. dengue) and emerging diseases (e.g. A/H1N1, COVID-19). He was a chargé de recherche in the Mathematical Modelling of Infectious Disease Unit, Institut Pasteur, and postdoc fellow in the School of Public Health, The University of Hong Kong. He has a PhD in Electronic Engineering from Fudan University, MSc, and BSc in Physics from Nankai University and Southeast University.
Angkana T. HuangPostDoc
Angkana, aka Hat, studies factors that shape infectious disease transmission through computational methods to inform public health policies. These include characteristics of the infectious disease agents, characteristics and changes in the host population, as well as interactions between multiple infectious agents. She has an undergraduate degree in Industrial Design from Chulalongkorn University, a Master’s degree in Computer Science from Mahidol University, a PhD in Biology from University of Florida, and was a Data Analyst and Bioinformatics Technologist at Armed Forces Research Institute of Medical Sciences.
Sophie BelmanPhD student
Sophie is a PhD student co-supervised by Stephen Bentley at the Wellcome Sanger Institute and Henrik Salje at the University of Cambridge. She is working towards understanding global spatiotemporal dynamics of Streptococcus pneumoniae (pneumococcal) populations. The migratory pathways and connectivity of pneumococcal populations has implications for vaccine implementation and development. Sophie obtained her MSc in Medical Microbiology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
Oscar Cortés AzueroPhD student
Oscar's work focuses on studying the spatial spread and the diversity of different pathogens using genetic data. One of his main interests is integrating vector and/or host mobility data to phylogeographic questions. He studies Nipah virus and arboviruses in South and Southeast Asia. Oscar obtained his Master's degree in Engineering from the École Centrale de Lille in France.
Noémie LefrancqPhD student
Noemie's work focuses on the integration of genetic and spatial data to better understand the spread, maintenance, and control of pathogens. She is co-supervised by Henrik Salje at the Department of Genetics and Julian Parkhill at the Department of Veterinary Medicine. She is working with datasets of Bordetella pertussis genomes from throughout France as well as other European countries in a collaborative project with the national reference center for Pertussis in France. She also works with Listeria monocytogenes, Streptococcus pneumoniae and dengue virus.
Megan O'DriscollPhD student
Megan's work involves the development and application of mathematical models to aid the interpretation of serological data, with a focus on arbovirus transmission and immune dynamics. She is also interested in the challenges posed for robust epidemiological analysis of emerging pathogens.
Gabriel Ribeiro dos SantosPhD student
Nayantara WijayanandanaPhD student
Mariana Perez DuquePhD student
Mariana is a medical doctor, specialised in Public Health Medicine, and a field epidemiologist, having previously worked with MSF. She is working on chikungunya disease dynamics, with a focus on the Asian continent. She has a strong expertise in field epidemiology and travel medicine and is interested in designing and evaluating strategies for public health response to (re-) emerging pathogens.
Natcha C. JitsukPhD student
Natcha is a visiting student in the Pathogen Dynamic Group for 12 months. She is doing her Ph.D. at Mahidol University. Her previous work is an investigation of the impact of vaccination strategies on the probability of outbreak extinction by employing COVID-19 transmission as a case study. Currently, her work focuses on the reconstruction of unseen COVID-19 transmission events from viral sequences. She will apply the spatiotemporally structured phylogenetic framework to consider the individual transmission events by using the generation time distribution for COVID-19.
Raymond ChengPhD student
Raymond is a PhD student co-supervised by Stephen Bentley at the Wellcome Sanger Institute, John Lees at the EBI and Henrik Salje at the University of Cambridge. He is interested in studying various modes of evolution in pathogenic bacteria and how they shape different population structure. He is working on identifying genetics variants on the invasiveness of Streptococcus pneumoniae and forecasting disease population from carriage population.
Loréna is a master student here for a 6-month internship. HerZ work focuses on the impact of vaccination and borders on the genetic diversity of viruses. She is supervised by Noémie Lefrancq and is working with datasets of dengue virus genomes from Thailand and neighboring countries.
Fariha JawedLab Manager
Fariha is a lab manger at PDG cambridge. She is responsible for managing the finance and funding of the group. She work closely with Gabriel in his project for 'Characterizing the impact of vaccine in combatting chikungunya in low- and middle-income countries'.
Past Lab Members
Theodora AndersonLab Manager
Sohaib AnsariPart II Student
Etienne DeanPart II Student
Raina JiaMaster's student
Zheyuan YangPart III Student
Rachel SippyPost Doc
Francesca EdrichMasters Student
Rachael CollierLab Manager
Adrien's work focuses on the B-cell, T-cell and antibody responses facing an infection. It will require statistical analysis of data coming from a dengue epidemic in Thailand. Adrien obtained his Master's degree in biomedical Engineering from the Ecole CentraleSupelec in Paris.
Wei WangPost Doc
Wei’s research interests include the transmission dynamics, epidemiological parameters, and evaluation of interventions for emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases with public health importance, e.g., COVID-19, measles and human with infection of novel animal influenza virus.