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 selected publications:

1) Thindwa D, Mwalukomo T, Msefula J, Jambo KC, Brown C, et al. 2022. Risk factors for pneumococcal carriage in adults living with HIV on antiretroviral therapy in the infant pneumococcal vaccine era in Malawi. AIDS doi: 10.1097/QAD.0000000000003365

2) Thindwa D, Jambo KC, Ojal J, MacPherson P, Phiri MD, et al. 2022. Social mixing patterns relevant to infectious diseases spread by close contact in urban Blantyre, Malawi. Epidemics 40:100590.

3) 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.