Felipe Colon Gonzalez

Visiting Researcher

I am a Tyndall Centre alumnus. My main are of expertise lies on understanding the role of climatic, environmental and socio-economic factors on the spatio-temporal dynamics of climate-sensitive diseases.

In 2008, I graduated from the UEA with an MSc in Environmental Sciences. In 2013, I obtained a PhD in Environmental Sciences from the UEA. My PhD thesis focused on the role of climate and climate change on the risk of dengue transmission in Mexico. From 2012-2015, I worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the International Centre for Theoretical Physics in Trieste, Italy investigating the effects of climatic, environmental and socioeconomic factors on malaria transmission in Eastern Africa. I also worked with the Ministries of Health of Uganda and Rwanda in the development of a high-resolution, malaria forecasting system. I participated in several FP7 Consortia (QWECI, Healthy Futures, Responses) providing technical expertise on statistical disease modelling. From 2015 to Jan 2019, I was a Senior Research Associate at the University of East Anglia working on the development of statistical and machine learning decision support tools for syndromic surveillance in England. My work has influenced how syndromic surveillance is conducted in England. I have worked with Public Health England in several Health Protection Research Units providing expertise in statistical disease modelling.

Currently, I work at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine contributing the development of a climate-driven dengue early warning system for Vietnam. I am a Visiting Academic at the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia and the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research.