People: Emerging Infections

Istvan Albert

Associate Professor of Bioinformatics
Bioinformatics, large scale biological data analysis, microarrays and sequence analysis. Scientific programming, algorithm development. Database-driven web development.

Le Bao

Assistant Professor of Statistics
Bayesian methods, data mining, computational methods, applications in health, environmental and social sciences.

Nita Bharti

Assistant Professor of Biology; Society in Science - Branco Weiss Fellow
The underlying mechanisms for spatial heterogeneities in host disease burden and risk across spatial scales, from regional dynamics to seasonal outbreaks in cities, rural villages, and across borders by assessing regional variations in movement and contact patterns relating to outbreaks and access to health care.

Maciej F Boni

Associate Professor of Biology
Human influenza epidemiology and evolution, evaluating population-level malaria treatment strategies with individual-based microsimulation models, phylogenetic analysis of avian influenza evolution in southern Vietnam, economic epidemiology of avian influenza, evaluating population-level efficacy of a potential dengue vaccine with mathematical models

Susan Hafenstein

Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Using a structural approach to learn more about viral infectivity, tropism, evolution and pathogenicity. Developing approaches to visualize critical events that cause a break from the regular symmetry of the virus, including packaging of the genome, receptor usage, antibody interactions and uncoating of the viral genome during the final stages of infection.

Peter Hudson

Former Director, Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences; Willaman Professor of Biology
Population dynamics of infectious diseases in wildlife and the dynamics of parasite community structure.

Vivek Kapur

Associate Director for Strategic Initiatives, Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences; Huck Distinguished Chair in Global Health; Professor of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
The basic mechanisms by which pathogenic microbes successfully infect, colonize, and cause disease in their hosts.

Mary Kennett

Professor, Veterinary & Biomedical Sciences; Director, Animal Resource Program
The pathogenesis of infectious disease: examining bacterial virulence and associated pathology in relation to host immune responses.

Girish Kirimanjeswara

Associate Professor of Veterinary and Biomedical Science
Establishing the Virulence Factors

Suresh Kuchipudi

Clinical Associate Professor; Section Head Mammalian Virology & Immunology
Diagnostic Virology & Serology -Zoonotic and Emerging Viruses -Negative strand RNA viruses -Avian and Mammalian influenza -Immune responses to viruses -Viral pathogenesis Quantitative-omics approach to virus-host interactions

Steven Schiff

Director of the Center for Neural Engineering; Brush Chair Professor of Engineering; Professor of Neurosurgery; Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics
Neural engineering, neurosurgery, epilepsy, Parkinsons Disease, wave mechanics, brain machine interfaces, EEG, electrical fields, and control theory.

Troy Sutton

Assistant Professor of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences
Animal models of influenza; Airborne transmission of influenza viruses; Evolution of pandemic influenza viruses; Highly pathogenic avian influenza; Development of live-attenuated influenza vaccine platforms; High containment BSL3+ research

Howie Weiss

Professor of Biology
I am a Biomathematican and very recently moved to Penn State from Georgia Tech (I also had appointments at Emory in Public Health and PBEE). Bacteria and their viruses (phages) provide a way to study ecological and evolutionary processes in real time under the well-controlled laboratory conditions. Many of the questions that our group studies lie at the intersection of fundamental science and improving human and animal health. We develop new approaches to mathematical modeling to better understand the role of the physical structure in how bacteria grow and evolve. To complement this computational work, we work closely with microbiologists, biochemists, virologists, physicians, veterinarians, etc. and combine mathematical models with experiments. In recent years I have taught courses in virus dynamics, population genetics, dynamics and bifurcations, advanced linear algebra, and stochastic processes.

Pia Abel zur Wiesch

Associate Professor of Biology and Lloyd & Dottie Foehr Huck Early Career Chair in Systems Pharmacology