Adedoyin Awofisayo-Okuyelu

About me

I am originally from Nigeria with a background in Nursing and Midwifery. During my undergraduate degree, I developed an interest in preventive medicine and then went on to study for a Masters in Public Health at the University of Birmingham.

Subsequently I worked with Public Health England first as a public health scientist and then as an epidemiologist with the department of Gastrointestinal diseases. I led on the enhanced surveillance of listeriosis and surveillance of outbreaks of food borne and non-food borne diseases.

I am currently undertaking a DPhil in Zoology with a focus on infectious diseases. My research project aims to estimate the incubation period of common gastrointestinal pathogens including Salmonella typhi, STEC O157 and non-O157 and Campylobacter. This will involve conducting a number of systematic reviews and meta-analysis, mathematical modelling and analyses of individual patient data.

Research interests
My main area of interest is the epidemiology of infectious diseases particularly gastrointestinal diseases and vaccine preventable diseases.

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A. Awofisayo-Okuyelu, I. Hall, G. Adak, J.I. Hawker, S. Abbott, N. McCarthy. A systematic review and meta-analysis on the incubation period of campylobacteriosis. Epidemiol Infect. 2017.

Kanagarajah S, Mook P, Crook P, Awofisayo-Okuyelu A et al. Taste and safety: is the exceptional cuisine offered by high end restaurants paralleled by high standards of food safety? PLoS Currents 8. August 2016.

Awofisayo-Okuyelu A, Verlander NQ, Amar C et al. Factors influencing the time between onset of illness and specimen collection in the diagnosis of non-pregnancy associated listeriosis in England and Wales. BMC Infect Dis. 2016;16:311

A. Awofisayo-Okuyelu, N. Arunacalam, T. Dallman et al. An Outbreak of Human Listeriosis in England between 2010 and 2012 Associated with the Consumption of Pork Pies. J of Food Protect 2016;79(5):732-740.

Okike IO, Awofisayo A, Adak G, Heath PT. Empiric antibiotic cover for Listeria monocytogenes infection beyond the neonatal period: a time for change? Arch Dis Child 2015. Available from:

 Awofisayo A, Amar C, Ruggles R, el.  Pregnancy-associated listeriosis in England and Wales.  Epidemiol Infect. 2014;20:1-8.

Lane CR, LeBaigue S, Esan O, Awofisayo AA, et al.  The emergence, control and impact of the Salmonella enterica serovar Enteritidis epidemic in England and Wales, 1945 – 2011. Emerg Infect Dis 2014;20(7).

A. Awofisayo, S. Ibbotson, G.E. Smith, et al. Challenges and lessons learned from implementing a risk-based approach to school advice and closure during the containment phase of the 2009 influenza pandemic in the West Midlands, England. Public Health 2013;127: 637-643.

N.J. Inglis, H. Bagnall, K. Janmohamed, S, Suleman, A. Awofisayo et al. Measuring the effect of influenza A(H1N1)pdm09: the epidemiological experience in the West Midlands, England during the containment phase. Epidemiol. Infect. 2014;142: 428-437.

C. L. Little, C. F. L. Amar, A. Awofisayo, K. A. Grant. Hospital acquired listeriosis associated with sandwiches in the UK – a cause for concern. J Hosp Infect 2012;82: 13-18.

B. Olowokure, O. Odedere, A. J. Elliot, A. Awofisayo, E. Smit, A. Fleming, H, Osman (2012). Volume of print media coverage and diagnostic testing for influenza A(H1N1)pdm09 virus during the early phase of the 2009 pandemic. J Clin Virol. 2012;55: 75-78.

Preliminary descriptive epidemiology of a large school outbreak of influenza A (H1N1)v in the West Midlands, United Kingdom, May 2009. Eurosurveill. 2009;14(27). (First named author in group citation)