Director of the Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics; Huck Career Development Professor; Associate Professor of Biology
Public Health, Quantitative Epidemiology, Population Ecology, Statistics, Computational and Mathematical Biology
Publication TagsUncertainty Vaccination Learning Disease Outbreaks Measles Epidemics Epidemiology Health Decision Making Farms Viruses Vaccines Population Neutralizing Antibodies Antibodies Liberia Pandemics Public Health Immunotherapy Simulation Adaptive Management Time Electric Current Control Livestock Mortality
Most Recent Papers
Vaccination strategies for measles control and elimination
F. T. Cutts, M. J. Ferrari, L. K. Krause, A. J. Tatem, J. F. Mosser, 2021, BMC Medicine
Limited window for donation of convalescent plasma with high live-virus neutralizing antibody titers for COVID-19 immunotherapy
Abhinay Gontu, Sreenidhi Srinivasan, Eric Salazar, Meera Surendran Nair, Ruth H. Nissly, Denver Greenawalt, Ian M. Bird, Catherine M. Herzog, Matthew J. Ferrari, Indira Poojary, Robab Katani, Scott E. Lindner, Allen M. Minns, Randall Rossi, Paul A. Christensen, Brian Castillo, Jian Chen, Todd N. Eagar, Xin Yi, Picheng Zhao, Christopher Leveque, Randall J. Olsen, David W. Bernard, Jimmy Gollihar, Suresh V. Kuchipudi, James M. Musser, Vivek Kapur, 2021, Communications Biology
Strategic testing approaches for targeted disease monitoring can be used to inform pandemic decision-making
James D. Nichols, Tiffany L. Bogich, Emily Howerton, Ottar N. Bjørnstad, Rebecca K. Borchering, Matthew Ferrari, Murali Haran, Christopher Jewell, Kim M. Pepin, William J.M. Probert, Juliet R.C. Pulliam, Michael C. Runge, Michael Tildesley, Cecile Viboud, Katriona Shea, 2021, PLoS Biology
Impact of covid-19-related disruptions to measles, meningococcal a, and yellow fever vaccination in 10 countries
Katy Gaythorpe, Kaja Abbas, John Huber, Andromachi Karachaliou, Niket Thakkar, Kim Woodruff, Xiang Li, Susy Echeverria-Londono, Matthew Ferrari, Michael L. Jackson, Kevin McCarthy, Alex Perkins, Caroline Trotter, Mark Jit, 2021, eLife
Robust Testing in Outpatient Settings to Explore COVID-19 Epidemiology
Sharia M. Ahmed, Rashmee U. Shah, Valerie Fernandez, Sara Grineski, Benjamin Brintz, Matthew H. Samore, Matthew J. Ferrari, Daniel T. Leung, Lindsay T. Keegan, 2021, Public Health Reports on p. 345-353
Causes of delayed outbreak responses and their impacts on epidemic spread
Yun Tao, William J.M. Probert, Katriona Shea, Michael C. Runge, Kevin Lafferty, Michael Tildesley, Matthew Ferrari, 2021, Journal of the Royal Society Interface
Estimating the health impact of vaccination against ten pathogens in 98 low-income and middle-income countries from 2000 to 2030
Xiang Li, Christinah Mukandavire, Zulma M. Cucunubá, Susy Echeverria Londono, Kaja Abbas, Hannah E. Clapham, Mark Jit, Hope L. Johnson, Timos Papadopoulos, Emilia Vynnycky, Marc Brisson, Emily D. Carter, Andrew Clark, Margaret J. de Villiers, Kirsten Eilertson, Matthew J. Ferrari, Ivane Gamkrelidze, Katy A.M. Gaythorpe, Nicholas C. Grassly, Timothy B. Hallett, Wes Hinsley, Michael L. Jackson, Kévin Jean, Andromachi Karachaliou, Petra Klepac, Justin Lessler, Xi Li, Sean M. Moore, Shevanthi Nayagam, Duy Manh Nguyen, Homie Razavi, Devin Razavi-Shearer, Stephen Resch, Colin Sanderson, Steven Sweet, Stephen Sy, Yvonne Tam, Hira Tanvir, Quan Minh Tran, Caroline L. Trotter, Shaun Truelove, Kevin van Zandvoort, Stéphane Verguet, Neff Walker, Amy Winter, Kim Woodruff, Neil M. Ferguson, Tini Garske, 2021, The Lancet on p. 398-408
Anticipating future learning affects current control decisions: a comparison between passive and active adaptive management in an epidemiological setting
Benjamin D. Atkins, Chris P. Jewell, Michael C. Runge, Matthew J. Ferrari, Katriona Shea, William J.M. Probert, Michael J. Tildesley, 2020, Journal of Theoretical Biology
Outbreak response intervention models of vaccine-preventable diseases in humans and foot-and-mouth disease in livestock
James M. Azam, Elisha B. Are, Xiaoxi Pang, Matthew J. Ferrari, Juliet R.C. Pulliam, 2020, BMJ Open
Paenibacillus infection with frequent viral coinfection contributes to postinfectious hydrocephalus in Ugandan infants
Joseph N. Paulson, Brent L. Williams, Christine Hehnly, Nischay Mishra, Shamim A. Sinnar, Lijun Zhang, Paddy Ssentongo, Edith Mbabazi-Kabachelor, Dona S.S. Wijetunge, Benjamin Von Bredow, Ronnie Mulondo, Julius Kiwanuka, Francis Bajunirwe, Joel Bazira, Lisa M. Bebell, Kathy Burgoine, Mara Couto-Rodriguez, Jessica E. Ericson, Tim Erickson, Matthew Ferrari, Melissa Gladstone, Cheng Guo, Murali Haran, Mady Hornig, Albert M. Isaacs, Brian Nsubuga Kaaya, Sheila M. Kangere, Abhaya V. Kulkarni, Elias Kumbakumba, Xiaoxiao Li, David D. Limbrick, Joshua Magombe, Sarah U. Morton, John Mugamba, James Ng, Peter Olupot-Olupot, Justin Onen, Mallory R. Peterson, Farrah Roy, Kathryn Sheldon, Reid Townsend, Andrew D. Weeks, Andrew J. Whalen, John Quackenbush, Peter Ssenyonga, Michael Y. Galperin, Mathieu Almeida, Hannah Atkins, Benjamin C. Warf, W. Ian Lipkin, James R. Broach, Steven J. Schiff, 2020, Science Translational Medicine
Assessment of the 2010 global measles mortality reduction goal
Emily Simons, Matthew Ferrari, John Fricks, Kathleen Wannemuehler, Abhijeet Anand, Anthony Burton, Peter Strebel, 2012, The Lancet on p. 2173--2178
Explaining seasonal fluctuations of measles in Niger using nighttime lights imagery
N. Bharti, A. J. Tatem, M. J. Ferrari, R. F. Grais, A. Djibo, B. T. Grenfell, 2011, Science on p. 1424-1427
Reduced vaccination and the risk of measles and other childhood infections post-Ebola
Saki Takahashi, C. Jessica E. Metcalf, Matthew J. Ferrari, William J. Moss, Shaun A. Truelove, Andrew J. Tatem, Bryan T. Grenfell, Justin Lessler, 2015, Science on p. 1240--1242
Serology for SARS-CoV-2
Juliet E. Bryant, Andrew S. Azman, Matthew J. Ferrari, Benjamin F. Arnold, Maciej F. Boni, Yap Boum, Kyla Hayford, Francisco J. Luquero, Michael J. Mina, Isabel Rodriguez-Barraquer, Joseph T. Wu, Djibril Wade, Guy Vernet, Daniel T. Leung, 2020, Science immunology
Impacto económico estimado de las vacunas en 73 países con ingresos bajos y medios, 2001-2020
Sachiko Ozawa, Samantha Clark, Allison Portnoy, Simrun Grewal, Meghan L. Stack, Anushua Sinha, Andrew Mirelman, Heather Franklin, Ingrid K. Friberg, Yvonne Tam, Neff Walker, Andrew Clark, Matthew Ferrari, Chutima Suraratdecha, Steven Sweet, Sue J. Goldie, Tini Garske, Michelle Li, Peter M. Hansen, Hope L. Johnson, Damian Walker, 2017, Bulletin of the World Health Organization on p. 629-638
Adaptive Management and the Value of Information
Katriona Shea, Michael J. Tildesley, Michael C. Runge, Christopher J. Fonnesbeck, Matthew J. Ferrari, 2014, PLoS Biology on p. e1001970
Understanding Herd Immunity
C. J.E. Metcalf, M. Ferrari, A. L. Graham, B. T. Grenfell, 2015, Trends in Immunology on p. 753-755
Eric T. Lofgren, M. Elizabeth Halloran, Caitlin M. Rivers, John M. Drake, Travis C. Porco, Bryan Lewis, Wan Yang, Alessandro Vespignani, Jeffrey Shaman, Joseph N.S. Eisenberg, Marisa C. Eisenberg, Madhav Marathe, Samuel V. Scarpino, Kathleen A. Alexander, Rafael Meza, Matthew J. Ferrari, James M. Hyman, Lauren A. Meyers, Stephen Eubank, 2014, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America on p. 18095-18096
Ebola Cases and Health System Demand in Liberia
John M. Drake, Raj Reni B. Kaul, Laura W. Alexander, Suzanne M. O’Regan, Andrew M. Kramer, J. Tomlin Pulliam, Matthew J. Ferrari, Andrew W. Park, 2015, PLoS Biology on p. e1002056
Pollinator behavior mediates negative interactions between two congeneric invasive plant species
Suann Yang, Matthew J. Ferrari, Katriona Shea, 2011, American Naturalist on p. 110-118
News Articles Featuring Matthew Ferrari
Sep 24, 2021
Penn State experts to answer COVID-19 questions live Sept. 30 on WPSU
Penn State experts will answer community members’ questions about COVID-19 live during the fall premiere of WPSU’s “Conversation’s Live” on Thursday, Sept. 30.
Aug 18, 2021
Reason for Not Requiring Vaccinations? Penn State Would Rather Not Say
When an organization offers a non-explanation as an explanation, you can’t help suspecting that it doesn’t want you to know the real explanation, probably because it’s embarrassing.
Aug 12, 2021
Do You Need to Upgrade Your Mask Now?
Face masks are once again in the spotlight for health reasons, thanks to the surge in the highly contagious Delta variant and the new CDC mask guidance—to wear one in indoor public spaces and crowded outdoor areas, even if you’ve been vaccinated.
Aug 10, 2021
COVID breakthrough infections soar in Massachusetts
Since late July, the state Department of Public Health reports breakthrough COVID-19 infections -- that is, infections that develop in those fully vaccinated -- have risen to a cumulative total of just under 10,000 Massachusetts residents.
Jul 26, 2021
Symptomatic breakthrough COVID-19 infections rare, CDC data estimates
Although reports of breakthrough COVID-19 cases occurring among fully vaccinated Americans are garnering much attention, as the country experiences a viral resurgence, new data illustrates just how rare these breakthrough infections are likely to be, and further shows that the vast majority of those becoming severely ill are the unvaccinated.
Jul 20, 2021
SCASD to Require Masks for Unvaccinated Students at Start of School Year
The State College Area School Board on Monday night voted 7-2 to approve a 2021-22 health and safety plan that will, at least at the start of the school year, require students who are not vaccinated against COVID-19 to wear masks while indoors.
Jul 09, 2021
Neglecting delays in outbreak response grossly underestimates epidemic severity
For livestock diseases, like foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) and swine flu, rapid culling and carcass disposal are well-established strategies for halting an outbreak and limiting its impact. However, even when infection is quickly detected delays in these interventions may permit pathogen transmission from infected farms.
Jun 27, 2021
Health Leaders Dispel Rumors About COVID-19 Vaccine And Infertility
Alicia Foster had already received her first dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine when she got a surprise. “I never pictured I would be pregnant during a pandemic,” she says. “It was not planned.”
Jun 23, 2021
Behavior limits COVID-19 spread between University and community
When universities across the U.S. opted to return students to campus for in-person learning during the coronavirus pandemic in the fall of 2020, surrounding communities were understandably concerned that COVID-19 infections rates would significantly increase. In response, several Penn State researchers formed the Centre County COVID-19 Data 4 Action Project (D4A) to conduct anonymous surveys and biological testing for nonstudent residents and Penn State students to document the social and economic impacts of the pandemic in one community.
Jun 21, 2021
As Allegheny County COVID Cases Slow, A Look At How We Got Here And What Happens Next
In one week, Pennsylvania will lift its mask mandate. Indoors or outdoors, vaccinated or unvaccinated, old or young, no one in the state will be required to wear a mask in the vast majority of situations.