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Dr. Lin Wang is a Research Associate in the Salje Group within the Department of Genetics. He is a member of the Global Young Academy. Before joining Cambridge, he was a charge de recherche in the Institut Pasteur in Paris (2018/09 to 2020/03), and a postdoctoral fellow in the School of Public Health, University of Hong Kong (2015/01 to 2017/12). He received his PhD from the Department of Electronic Engineering at Fudan University. He has strong expertise in computational biology, infectious disease modeling, Bayesian statistics, bioinformatics, evolutionary dynamics, machine learning, immunology, and pathogen evolution. Many of his publications have had important impacts on our understanding of infectious disease dynamics and control, including the cost-effectiveness of COVID-19 dose-sparing vaccination strategies, age-specific mortality and immunity patterns of SARS-CoV-2, evolving transmission characteristics of SARS-CoV-2, and forecasting the global spread of emerging epidemics. He received the Best Talk Award at the 2018 International Conference on Molecular Epidemiology and Evolutionary Genetics, and the 2020 Distinguished Referee Award from the European Physical Society.


Computational biology, infectious disease modeling, Bayesian statistics, bioinformatics, evolutionary dynamics, machine learning, immunology, and pathogen evolution


Key publications: 
  1. Z Du, Lin Wang (†), et al. Modeling comparative cost-effectiveness of SARS-CoV-2 vaccine dose fractionation in IndiaNature Medicine, doi: 10.1038/s41591-022-01736-z (2022). († = co-first authors)
  2. Y. Chen, N. Li, J Lourenço, Lin Wang, et al. Measuring the effects of COVID-19-related disruption on dengue transmission in southeast Asia and Latin America: a statistical modelling study. Lancet Infectious Diseases, doi: 10.1016/S1473-3099(22)00025-1 (2022).
  3. Z Du, Lin Wang (†), et al. Cost-effective proactive testing strategies during COVID-19 mass vaccination: A modelling study. Lancet Regional Health - Americas 8, 100182 (2022). († = co-first authors)
  4. M. Jusup, et al. Social physics. Physics Reports 948, 1-148 (2022). (commissioned review article)
  5. O’Driscoll, et al. Age-specific mortality and immunity patterns of SARS-CoV-2. Nature 590,140–145 (2021)
  6. ST Ali, Lin Wang (†), et al. Serial interval of SARS-CoV-2 was shortened over time by nonpharmaceutical interventions. Science 369, 1106-1109 (2020).  († = co-first authors) 
  7. X. Xu, et al. Reconstruction of transmission pairs for novel Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in mainland China. Clinical Infectious Diseases 71, 3163--3167 (2020). (corresponding author)
  8. Z Du *, Lin Wang (†), et al. Risk for Transportation of Coronavirus Disease from Wuhan to Other Cities in China. Emerging Infectious Diseases 26, 1049-1052 (2020).  † = co-first authors  
  9. Lin Wang & JT Wu. Characterizing the dynamics underlying global spread of epidemics. Nature Communications 9, 218 (2018)
  10. JB Wang, Lin Wang & X Li. Identifying spatial invasion of pandemics on metapopulation networks via anatomizing arrival history. IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics 46, 2782--2795 (2016)

ResearcherID:  B-4145-2013

Google Scholar:  Lin's Google Scholar

Postdoctoral Research Associate: Salje Group
Email address: 
Downing Street, Cambridge CB2 3EH