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Group Members

Undergraduate Students

George Chrisafis joined the group in 2016 and is working on his honors thesis with us. George is interested in modeling arbovirus transmission and quantifying the risk of arbovirus emergence and spread. His thesis will focus on building a model of how climate, host population structure, and human land use change has affected the historical incidence of diseases such as dengue, chikungunya, and Zika.

Graduate Students

Deven Gokhale joined the group in 2016. Deven is a masters student in statistics. We are working on a phylogenetic analysis of antiviral resistance evolution in influenza.

Postdoctoral Researchers

Munik Shrestha joined the group in 2016. He and I are working on a number of exciting projects, including: quantifying the robustness of the neonatal intensive care unit transfer network in the USA, determining the time series of epidemiological risk in lions and gorillas using high resolution social contact data, mapping the spread of Zika virus, and the application of topic modeling to networks and contagion.

Past members

High School: Meghan Hill (SFI), Sergio Mata (SFI), and John Chan (UT Austin),

Undergraduate: Sophia Navarre (UVM), Haedi DeAngelis (SFI), Cody O’Ferrall (SFI), Gilia Patterson (SFI), Patrick Hunt (UT Austin), and Garrett Johnson (UT Austin).