Deus Thindwa

PhD Student

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 recent publications:

1) Thindwa D, Garcia Quesada M, Liu Y, Bennett J, Cohen C, Deloria Knoll M, et al. 2020. Use of seasonal influenza and pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccines in older adults to reduce COVID-19 mortality. Vaccine 2020: doi.org/10.1016/j.vaccine.2020.06.047.

2) Thindwa D, Chipeta MG, Henrion MYR, Gordon MA. 2019. Distinct climate influences on the risk of typhoid compared to invasive non-typhoid Salmonella disease in Blantyre, Malawi. Sci Rep 9:1–11.

3) Thindwa D, Landes M, van Lettow M, Kanyemba A, Nkhoma E, et al. 2019. Pregnancy intention and contraceptive use among HIV-positive Malawian women at 4-26 weeks post-partum: A nested cross-sectional study. PLOS ONE 14: e0215947.