Kendra Wu PhD is Postdoctoral Researcher in Statistical/Mathematical Modelling of Infectious Diseases.

Kendra’s focus has been on emerging and re-emerging pathogens. Her PhD studied the transmission dynamics of pandemic and seasonal influenza, in which she quantified the risk, severity, and patterns of the spread of diseases under different scenarios. These investigations aimed to understand the science of influenza transmission, inform the design of more effective treatment options and mitigation strategies, as well as to prepare the community and the healthcare sector for the amount and nature of the casualties they will get when there is an outbreak.

Kendra is a key member at Oxford of a multi-institution NIHR project ADAGIO (Adaptive Design And Genomics in Outbreaks), which uses statistical and mathematical modelling to examine approaches to improve vaccine trials in emerging epidemics in resource-poor countries.

Selected publications

Wu KM, Riley S. Estimation of the basic reproductive number and mean serial interval of a novel pathogen in a small, well-observed discrete population. PLoS One 2016, 11(2): e0148061. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0148061

Wu KM, Riley S. Simulated-guided design of serological surveys of the cumulative incidence of influenza infection. BMC Infect Dis 2014, 14: 505. DOI: 10.1186/1471-2334-14-505.

Kwok KO, Cowling BJ, Wei VW, Wu KM, Read JM, Lessler J, Cummings DA, Peiris JS, Riley S. Social contacts and the locations in which they occur as risk factors for influenza infection. Proc R Soc B 2014, 281(1789): 20140709. DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2014.0709.

Tarrant AM, Wu KM, Yuen CYS, Cheung KL, Chan VHS. Determinants of 2009 A/H1N1 influenza vaccination among pregnant women in Hong Kong. Maternal Child Health J 2013, 17(1): 23-32. DOI: 10.1007/s10995-011-0943-1.

Riley S, Kwok KO, Wu KM, Ning DY, Cowling BJ, Wu JT, Ho LM, Tsang T, Lo S-V, Chu DKW, Ma ESK, Peiris JSM. Epidemiological characteristics of 2009 (H1N1) pandemic influenza based on paired sera from a longitudinal community cohort study. PLoS Med 2011, 8(6): e1000442. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1000442.