I am a Research Fellow at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine working with Dr Stefan Flasche and Prof Mark Jit on Spatial Epidemiology of vaccine-preventable diseases (VPD) in China. My primary focuses are seasonal influenza, hand, foot and mouth disease, human papillomavirus and pneumococcal disease. The objective of my project is to develop burden of disease maps using mathematical and statistical models. This project is a part of the NIHR Global Health Research Group on Evidence to Policy pathway to Immunisation in China (EPIC).
I have a dual Bachelor’s degree from the College of William and Mary in Economics and International Relations. After an internship with the World Resources Institute in Washington D.C., I moved on to getting a Master’s degree at the Columbia University in Climate and Society. In 2018, I received my PhD in Environmental Health Sciences from the University of Minnesota, School of Public Health. My dissertation focused on the risk assessment, risk communication, and economic evaluation of health hazards related to suboptimal ambient temperature exposure.
My research interests, besides on-going projects, also include:
- Climate and environmentally sensitive infectious diseases
- Infectious disease outbreak forecast systems and their evaluation methods
- Network analysis in the context of infectious disease epidemiology
- Targeted public health intervention programs
- Model comparison
- Science communication