Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Deus comes from Malawi with vast experience in data management, field epidemiology, and infectious disease modelling and analysis from working on human immunodeficiency virus, typhoid fever and malaria. He has previously held positions such as data manager, epidemiologist and research fellow while working in institutions of research excellence at Malawi Liverpool Wellcome Trust, Malawi Management Sciences for Health and Imperial College London.
Deus obtained a BSc in Mathematics and Computer Sciences from Chancellor College, University of Malawi, and an MSc in Epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) under a Commonwealth scholarship. He was awarded an MPRU PhD studentship that is fully funding his studies at the LSHTM in Epidemiology and Population Health, under the supervision of Professor Stefan Flasche in the Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology.
Deus's PhD research is using mathematical modelling and analysis to investigate optimal pneumococcal vaccine strategies to reduce the burden of pneumococcal disease in HIV-infected adults in sub-Saharan Africa.
Links to selected publications:
1) Thindwa D, Wolter N, Pinsent A, Carrim M, Ojal J, et al. 2021. Estimating the contribution of HIV-infected adults to household pneumococcal transmission in South Africa, 2016–2018: A hidden Markov modelling study. PLOS Comput Biol 17:e1009680.
2) Thindwa D, Pinsent A, Ojal J, Gallagher KE, French N, Flasche S. 2020. Vaccine strategies to reduce the burden of pneumococcal disease in HIV-infected adults in Africa. Expert Review of Vaccines 19(11):1085-1092.
3) Thindwa D, Garcia Quesada M, Liu Y, Bennett J, Cohen C et al. 2020. Use of seasonal influenza and pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccines in older adults to reduce COVID-19 mortality. Vaccine 38(34):5398-5401.