Bo Xu

China Scholarship Council Visiting Researcher

Department of Earth System Science

Tsinghua University



I am interested in using epidemiological modelling and phylodynamic methods to investigate the impacts of transportation networks and other socio-economic factors on the spatial transmission of pandemic H1N1/2009 influenza virus in mainland China. I am also interested in the mechanisms underlying multiple waves (within a single year) of human infectious diseases, including influenza and arbovirus-related diseases. I hope the findings of my research may offer helpful suggestions for public health policy making in practice.

Research Interests

Cai J, Xu B, Chan KKY, Zhang X, Zhang B, Chen Z, Xu B (2019) Roles of Different transport modes in the spatial spread of the 2009 influenza A(H1N1) pandemic in mainland China. International Journal of Environmental Research & Public Health 16:E222

Tian H, Sun Z, Faria NR, Yang J, Cazelles B, Huang S, Xu B, Yang Q, Pybus OG, Xu B (2017) Increasing airline travel may facilitate co-circulation of multiple dengue virus serotypes in Asia. PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases 11:e0005694

Tian H, Yu P, Cazelles B Xu L, Tan H, Yang J, Huang S, Xu B, Cai J, Ma C, Wei J, Li S, Qu J, Laine M, Wang J, Tong S, Stenseth NC, Xu B (2017) Interannual cycles of Hantaan virus outbreaks at the human-animal interface in Central China are controlled by temperature and rainfall. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 114:201701777

Yu P, Li Y, Xu B, Wei J, Li S, Dong J, Qu J, Xu J, Huang Z, Ma C, Yang J, Zhang G, Chen B, Huang S, Shi C, Gao H, Liu F, Tian H, Stenseth NC, Xu B, Wang J (2017) Using satellite data for the characterization of local animal reservoir populations of Hantaan virus on the Weihe Plain, China. Remote Sens.

Zhou S, Tian H, Wu X, Xu B, Yang J, Chan KK, Huang S, Dong L, Brownstein J, Xu B (2016) Genetic evidence for avian influenza H5N1 viral transmission along Black Sea-Mediterranean flyway. Journal of General Virology 97:2129-34