Adam, Dillon Charles

Research Assistant Professor

Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics

  • BSc, MPH, PhD
phone 3917 6763
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Dr Adam joined the School of Public Health in 2020. His primary research interests are the concerns of the evolution, epidemiology and ecology of respiratory viruses. His current research focuses on the epidemiology and evolution of SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19), with a particular interest in superspreading dynamics and transmission clusters, where he applies various interdisciplinary methods in statistics, epidemiology and population genetics to identify optimal control strategies.

He received his Bachelor’s degree in Science (Immunology) from the University of Queensland and Master’s degree in Public Health (Honours) from the University of Sydney, Australia. He received his PhD in Epidemiology from the University of New South Wales, Sydney, in 2020 and completed his postdoctoral training at the School of Public Health in 2022.


  • Faculty Outstanding Research Output Award, 2021, HKU (HKSAR)
  • Dean’s Award for Outstanding PhD Thesis, 2020, UNSW Sydney (AUS)
  • President’s Prize for Best Presentation, 2020, HKCCM Annual Scientific Meeting (HKSAR)
  • High-Quality Research Award, 2019, UNSW Sydney (AUS)
  • Postgraduate PhD Scholarship, 2019, The National Health and Medical Research Council (AUS)
Selected Publications
  1. Xie R, Adam DC, Edwards K, Gurung S, Wei X, Cowling B, Dhanasekaran V. Genomic epidemiology of influenza B circulation in China during prolonged border closure from 2020 to 2021. 2022 Jul 8(2)
  2. Adam DC, Gu H, Xie R, Tsui JL, Chu DK, Chang LD, Cheuk SS, Gurung S, Krishnan P, Ng DY, Liu GY, Wan CK, Edwards KM, Leung KS, Wu JT, Tsang DN, Leung GM, Cowling BJ, Peiris M, Lam TY, Dhanasekaran V, Poon LL. SARS-CoV-2 under an elimination strategy in Hong Kong. Nature Communications. 2022 Feb 8;13(1):1-0
  3. Adam DC, Wu P, Wong J, Lau E, Tsang T, Cauchemez S, Leung G, Cowling BJ. Clustering and superspreading potential of SARS-CoV-2 infections in Hong Kong. Nature Medicine. 2020 Sep 26(11): 1714-1719
  4. Adam DC, Scotch M, MacIntyre CR. Phylodynamics of Influenza A/H1N1pdm09 in India Reveals Circulation Patterns and Increased Selection for Clade 6b Residues and Other High Mortality Mutants. Viruses. 2019 Sep;11(9):791.
  5. Adam DC, Scotch M, MacIntyre CR. Bayesian phylogeography and pathogenic characterisation of smallpox based on HA, ATI and CrmB genes. Molecular biology and evolution. 2018 Aug 7;35(11):2607-17.
  6. Dyda A, Stelzer-Braid S, Adam DC, Chughtai AA, MacIntyre CR. The association between acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) and Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68)–what is the evidence for causation? Eurosurveillance. 2018 Jan 18;23(3).
  7. Bui CM, Chughtai AA, Adam DC, MacIntyre CR. An overview of the epidemiology and emergence of influenza A infection in humans over time. Archives of Public Health. 2017 Dec;75(1):15.