An infectious disease walks into a bar…the bartender says, “We don’t serve your kind here.” It replies, “Well, you’re not a very good host!”

Wednesday, April 28th, 7pm

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Going viral: How math is used to predict and control the spread of epidemics like COVID-19

What’s math got to do with viruses?

Can we really predict how epidemics will spread?

How do we decide which actions to take to control infections?

What’s herd immunity, and are we on our way there?

Dr. Alison Hill is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, and a core faculty member at the Institute for Computational Medicine and Infectious Disease Dynamics Group. She received her undergraduate degree in physics from Queen’s University, Canada and a PhD through Harvard’s Biophysics Program where she was a joint graduate student in the Harvard-MIT Division of Health-Sciences and Technology (HST)’s Medical Engineering and Medical Physics program. After graduating, Dr. Hill won an NIH Director’s Early Independence Award, which allowed her to run her own research group for six years and become a member of the John Harvard Distinguished Science Fellows program. During this time she also completed an MPH and the Global Infectious Diseases Program at Harvard School of Public Health.

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