Care was taken to form groups balanced in terms of the students' educational background. This encouraged students to help one another.

All students

José Lourenço

Given my non-biology academic background, I had initial concerns on whether I could fit in such a competitive context as the University of Oxford. At this point I now understand how important the PDBC's first year courses have been as a preparation for my PhD choices. Moreover, by having contact with other students' pre-PhD experiences and preparation opportunities from all possible corners of the world, I now also realize how outstanding the PDBC's setting is. The multitude of perspectives and critical thinking that students have been subjected to within the programme are undoubtly unique. I still see the PDBC as the best path I could have chosen for my academic career and still believe that the next generation of computational biologists in the decades to come will definitely be well represented thanks to the PDBC. (2011-07-25)


2009-present: PhD candidate at the University of Oxford, under the supervision of Mario Recker and Sunatra Gupta.
2008-present: Student of the PhD program in computational biology
2007-2008 Research member of Marie Curie excellence team directed by Gabriela Gomes, at the Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência, Portugal
2005-2007 Gripenet: an internet-based system to monitor Influenza-like illness uniformly across Europe, at the Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência, Portugal
2005-2006 IT support to the Gabriela Gomes' Theoretical Immunology Group of Gabriela Gomes, at Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência, Portugal
2006 Degree in Software Engineering from the Instituto Superior Técnico, Lisbon, Portugal.

PhD Project

Supervisor: Dr. Mario Recker

Cosupervisor: Dr. Sunetra Gupta

Laboratory: Theoretical Biology of Infectious Diseases

University: Oxford University


Unifying the Epidemiological, Ecological and Evolutionary Dynamics of Dengue. University of Oxford (2013) pp.232.


José Lourenço, Mario Recker. Viral and Epidemiological Determinants of the Invasion Dynamics of Novel Dengue Genotypes. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases (2010) 4(11), e894.

Ricardo Águas, José Lourenço, M. Gabriela M. Gomes, Lisa J. White. The Impact of IPTi and IPTc Interventions on Malaria Clinical Burden - In Silico Perspectives. PLoS ONE (2009) 4(8), e6627.

van Noort SP, Muehlen M, Rebelo de Andrade H, Koppeschaar C, Lourenço J, Gomes MG. Gripenet: an internet-based system to monitor influenza-like illness uniformly across Europe. Eurosurveillance (2007) 12, 722.