Prof. Joshua S. Weitz
School of Biological Sciences, Georgia Institute of Technology
Joshua Weitz explores how viruses transform the fate of cells, individuals, populations, and ecosystems. In collaboration with experimentalists, his research in viral ecology has revealed latent structures of virus-host infection networks, identified principles underlying the therapeutic use of viruses against bacterial pathogens, and shown how repeated infections catalyze the diversification of complex virus-microbe communities. Weitz is the author of the award-winning book "Quantitative Viral Ecology: Dynamics of Viruses and Their Microbial Hosts". Weitz's recent and ongoing work on pandemic dynamics examines how behavior change and asymptomatic spread shape outbreaks and can be used to inform data-driven interventions.
Prof. Jessica A. Belser
Influenza Division, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (US CDC)
At the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Jessica Belser's research focuses on the pathogenicity, transmissibility, and tropism of novel and emerging influenza viruses with pandemic potential, with an emphasis on those within the H7 subtype. Additionally, she studies how influenza viruses in general, and H7 subtype viruses in particular, are able to replicate specifically within ocular tissue, and use the eye as a portal of entry to establish a respiratory infection. She has developed several in vitro, ex vivo, and in vivo models (primarily using the ferret) to accomplish this work.
Prof. Akira Sasaki
School of Advanced Sciences, SOKENDAI (The Graduate University for Advanced Studies)
I am working on the stochastic theory of population genetics, host-parasite coevolution, species packing theory, spatially explicit models of ecology and epidemiology, intrahost dynamics of pathogen and immune system, bet-hedging in changing environment, evolution of cooperation, evolution of mutability in fitness landscapes, restriction avoidance in phage genome, spatial evolutionary dynamics of Müllerian mimicry, epidemiology and evolution of virulence in heterogeneous networks, and on other problems in theoretical population biology.
Prof. Takeshi Noda
Institute for Life and Medical Sciences, Kyoto University
I am a pure virologist and have been working on influenza and Ebola viruses mainly from ultrastructural and structural perspective using electron microscopy and cryo-electron microscopy. After the pandemic of SARS-CoV-2, I started interdisciplinary studies with developmental biologists and have been studying how SARS-CoV-2 replicates in human respiratory epithelium and causes respiratory diseases.
Prof. Miles Davenport
The Kirby Institute, University of New South Wales
Prof. Rob de Boer
Department of Biology, Utrecht University
In our work we aim to develop a more quantitative immunology by combining in vivo labeling techniques with mathematical modeling, to describe the population dynamics of the major populations within the immune system. We also aim to quantify the diversity of lymphocyte repertoires, and the breadth of immune responses, by bioinformatic analysis of next generation sequencing data.
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