Rohani Lab

Population Biology of Infectious Diseases

Dr Jasmina Luczo

We welcome Dr Jasmina Luczo to the lab.  Jaz will be based in the Department of Infectious Diseases (College of Veterinary Medicine, UGA), working on avian influenza viruses in collaboration with Dr Mark Tompkins.

International visitors

We are delighted to host two international visitors this summer.  Dr Claudia Pia Ferreira will be visiting from São Paulo State University, Brazil.  She is interested in Dengue epidemiology as well as the evolution of hospital-acquired infections.  Dr Seyed Moghadas is from York University, Canada and is known for his expertise on dynamical systems theory, especially mathematical and computational epidemiology.

New postdoc!

The Rohani lab welcomes a new postdoc, Dr Afshin Mesbahi, who will be working on statistical inference for mechanistic models.

Pej speaks at Gates meeting

Pej spoke at a meeting organized by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, addressing the burden of infant pertussis in low and middle income countries.  The meeting was held at Emory University.

Polymicrobial interactions: Influenza and Pneumonia

In the newly published paper by Shrestha et al., we use a mechanistic transmission model within a likelihood framework to infer the nature, strength and duration of the impact of influenza infection on subsequent risk of pneumonia.  We find evidence for a short-lived increase of ~100-fold in susceptibility to pneumonia following influenza infection.  Our collaborators on this project include Cecile Viboud (Fogarty International Center, NIH), Betsy Foxman (Epidemiology, UMich) and … Continue Reading

Magpantay et al. (2015; Parasitology)

Felicia’s paper has been accepted in Parasitology, as part of a special issue on Modelling Infectious Diseases (edited by Andy Fenton, University of Liverpool).  In our paper, we used likelihood-based inference applied to mechanistic transmission models to quantify the impact of acellular pertussis vaccine using incidence data from regions of Italy.  

Move to UGA

The Rohani lab has moved to the University of Georgia.  Pej has appointments in the Odum School of Ecology and the Department of Infectious Diseases, College of Veterinary Medicine.

Micaela’s PhD defense

Congratulations to Micaela, who successfully defended her PhD dissertation!

May 2015

We are pleased to welcome Ana Bento, who is joining us from Imperial College, London.  Ana is a postdoctoral research associate and will be working on the epidemiology of pertussis

Polio transmission ecology

Micaela’s paper on the ecology of polio transmission was published in PLoS Biology.