Howie Weiss

Howie Weiss

Professor of Biology

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Bio

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.

Publication Tags

Infection Escherichia Coli Bacteria Bacteriophages Anti Bacterial Agents Genes Disease Outbreaks Growth Viruses Pseudomonas Aeruginosa Aircraft Infectious Disease Transmission Staphylococcus Aureus Public Health Emerging Diseases Microorganisms Morbidity Flight Human Influenza Absorbance Emerging Communicable Diseases Pandemics Datasets Ribosomes Antibiotic Resistance

Most Recent Papers

The Airplane Cabin Microbiome

Howard Weiss, Vicki Stover Hertzberg, Chris Dupont, Josh L. Espinoza, Shawn Levy, Karen Nelson, Sharon Norris, 2019, Microbial Ecology on p. 87-95

Leaky resistance and the conditions for the existence of lytic bacteriophage

Waqas N. Chaudhry, Maroš Pleška, Nilang N. Shah, Howard Weiss, Ingrid C. McCall, Justin R. Meyer, Animesh Gupta, Călin C. Guet, Bruce R. Levin, 2018, PLoS biology

Behaviors, movements, and transmission of droplet-mediated respiratory diseases during transcontinental airline flights

Vicki Stover Hertzberg, Howard Weiss, Lisa Elon, Wenpei Si, Sharon L. Norris, 2018, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America on p. 3623-3627

Pharmacodynamic considerations of collateral sensitivity in design of antibiotic treatment regimen

Klas I. Udekwu, Howard Weiss, 2018, Drug Design, Development and Therapy on p. 2249-2257

Controlling viral outbreaks

Anna Mummert, Howard Weiss, 2017, PloS one

A numbers game

Bruce R. Levin, Ingrid C. McCall, Véronique Perrot, Howard Weiss, Armen Ovesepian, Fernando Baquero, 2017, mBio

On the 2-Row Rule for Infectious Disease Transmission on Aircraft

Vicki Stover Hertzberg, Howard Weiss, 2016, Annals of Global Health on p. 819-823

Malthusian parameters as estimators of the fitness of microbes

Jeniffer Concepción-Acevedo, Howard N. Weiss, Waqas Nasir Chaudhry, Bruce R. Levin, 2015, PloS one

Dynamics of shigellosis epidemics

Richard I. Joh, Robert M. Hoekstra, Ezra J. Barzilay, Anna Bowen, Eric D. Mintz, Howard Weiss, Joshua S. Weitz, 2013, American journal of epidemiology on p. 1319-1326

Get the News Out Loudly and Quickly

Anna Mummert, Howard Weiss, 2013, PloS one

Recent Most-Cited Papers

The population dynamics of bacteria in physically structured habitats and the adaptive virtue of random motility

Yan Wei, Xiaolin Wang, Jingfang Liu, Ilya Nememan, Amoolya H. Singh, Howie Weiss, Bruce R. Levin, 2011, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America on p. 4047-4052

Extracting the time-dependent transmission rate from infection data via solution of an inverse ODE problem

Mark Pollicott, Hao Wang, Howard Weiss, 2012, Journal of Biological Dynamics on p. 509-523

A numbers game

Bruce R. Levin, Ingrid C. McCall, Véronique Perrot, Howard Weiss, Armen Ovesepian, Fernando Baquero, 2017, mBio

A Perspective on Multiple Waves of Influenza Pandemics

Anna Mummert, Howard Weiss, Li Ping Long, José M. Amigó, Xiu Feng Wan, 2013, PloS one

Behaviors, movements, and transmission of droplet-mediated respiratory diseases during transcontinental airline flights

Vicki Stover Hertzberg, Howard Weiss, Lisa Elon, Wenpei Si, Sharon L. Norris, 2018, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America on p. 3623-3627

Get the News Out Loudly and Quickly

Anna Mummert, Howard Weiss, 2013, PloS one

Leaky resistance and the conditions for the existence of lytic bacteriophage

Waqas N. Chaudhry, Maroš Pleška, Nilang N. Shah, Howard Weiss, Ingrid C. McCall, Justin R. Meyer, Animesh Gupta, Călin C. Guet, Bruce R. Levin, 2018, PLoS biology

Dynamics of shigellosis epidemics

Richard I. Joh, Robert M. Hoekstra, Ezra J. Barzilay, Anna Bowen, Eric D. Mintz, Howard Weiss, Joshua S. Weitz, 2013, American journal of epidemiology on p. 1319-1326

Malthusian parameters as estimators of the fitness of microbes

Jeniffer Concepción-Acevedo, Howard N. Weiss, Waqas Nasir Chaudhry, Bruce R. Levin, 2015, PloS one

Limit sets for natural extensions of Schelling's segregation model

Abhinav Singh, Dmitri Vainchtein, Howard Weiss, 2011, Communications in Nonlinear Science and Numerical Simulation on p. 2822-2831