I am an Assistant Professor of Global Health in the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation within the Schools of Medicine and Public Health at the University of Washington. I am a Disease Ecologist and I combine my extensive background in Applied Mathematics, Statistics and Probability with four years of postdoctoral training in mathematical ecology, epidemiology and entomology to model infectious diseases. I feel strongly that a reasonably thorough understanding of the biology of the system in question is needed to optimally function as a modeler (too frequently, models of biological systems are mathematically interesting but biologically impossible). On the other hand, real-world data are often incompatible with straightforward analysis and instead require non-standard, bespoke approaches for which a background in mathematics, probability and statistics is invaluable.
I have a diverse array of interests, most concerning the role and drivers of spatio-temporal variation in infectious disease transmission dynamics. Currently my focus is on drivers of temporal variation (both seasonal and inter-annual variation) in incidence. Additionally, from a more methodological standpoint, I am interested in developing novel modeling frameworks to assess questions of interest that are designed to incorporate and leverage `individual-level’ data related to infectious diseases.