Short CV/Education and training

  • Sunetra Gupta is Professor of Theoretical Epidemiology in the Department of Zoology at the University of Oxford, and a Royal Society Wolfson Research Fellow. She holds a bachelor's degree from Princeton University and a Ph.D. from the University of London. She has been awarded the Scientific Medal of the Zoological Society of London, the Royal Society Rosalind Franklin Award, and currently holds a Royal Society Wolfson Research Fellowship and an ERC Senior Investigator Award.

Selected publications

  • Buckee CO, Recker M, Watkins ER, Gupta S (2011) Role of stochastic processes in maintaining discrete strain structure in antigenically diverse pathogen populations. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A Aug 29.

  • Penman B, Pybus OG, Weatherall DJ & Gupta S (2009) Epistatic interactions between genetic disorders of hemoglobin can explain why the sickle cell gene is uncommon in the Mediterranean. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 106: 21242-21246

  • Buckee CO, Jolley KA, Recker M, Penman B, Kriz P, Gupta S & Maiden M. (2008) Role of selection in the emergence of lineages and the evolution of virulence in Neisseria meningitidis. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 105:15082-7.

  • Recker, M., Pybus, O.G., Nee, S. & Gupta, S. (2007) The generation of influenza outbreaks by a network of host immune responses against a limited set of antigenic types. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 104:7711-6.

  • Recker M et al (2004) Transient cross-reactive immune responses can orchestrate antigenic variation in malaria. Nature 429:555-8.

  • Gupta S et al (1999) Immunity to severe malaria is acquired after one or two exposures. Nature Medicine 5:340?3

  • Ferguson, N., Anderson, R.M. & Gupta, S. (1999) The effect of antibody dependent enhancement on the transmission dynamics and persistence of multiple strain pathogens. Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. USA 96: 790?794

  • Gupta, S., Ferguson, N. & Anderson, R.M. (1998) Chaos, persistence and the evolution of strain structure in populations of antigenically variable infectious agents. Science 240:912?915.

  • Gupta, S et al (1996) The maintenance of strain structure in populations of recombining infectious agents. Nature Medicine 2(4): 437?442.

  • Gupta, S., Trenholme, K. Anderson, R.M. & Day, K.P. (1994) Antigenic diversity and the transmission dynamics of Plasmodium falciparum. Science 263, 961-963.

  • Anderson, R.M., Gupta, S. & May, R.M. (1991) Potential of community-wide chemotherapy or immunotherapy to control the spread of HIV-1. Nature 350: 356-359.

  • Gupta, S., Anderson, R.M. & May, R.M. (1989) Networks of sexual contacts: implications for the pattern of spread of HIV. AIDS 3: 807-817.

Selected projects

  • Population dynamics of influenza

  • Within-host dynamics of HIV

  • Evolution of virulence and lineage structure in bacterial pathogens

  • Interactions between malaria-protective haemoglobin disorders

  • Design of vaccines against antigenically variable pathogens

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • European Advisory Board, Princeton University Press, USA

  • Rosalind Franklin Society, USA

Additional qualifications

  • 1987 A.B. Biology, Princeton University, USA


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