The Infectious Disease Dynamics Group

The Infectious Disease Dynamics group is made up of faculty, post-docs, graduate and undergraduate students who are interested in the dynamics of a wide span of infectious diseases, from dengue to influenza to chikungunya, based at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The group uses a combination of theoretical and empirical approaches to study transmission dynamics.  

Recent News

Tenure-Track Assistant Professor Position

The Department of Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor specializing in infectious disease dynamics. We welcome applications from candidates who recently completed their post-doctoral training or who are early in their research career. The candidate appointed to this position will have expertise in the statistical analysis of pathogen transmission, mathematical and computational modeling, and/or phylogenetic and phylodynamic methods. Click here for additional details.

Postdoctoral Research Position in Influenza Lifecourse Epidemiology

Our group in the Department of Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health is looking for a research fellow to work on a project investigating serologic responses to influenza virus exposure over the lifespan. Click here for additional details.

November 2015

Sean Moore and Justin Lessler published "Optimal allocation of the limited oral cholera vaccine supply between endemic and epidemic settings" in Journal of Royal Society Interface.

Triggering Interventions for Influenza: The ALERT Algorithm, a paper co-authored by Derek Cummings and Nicholas Reich received an award from ISDS. Click here for more info.

October 2015

Derek Cummings has joined the Department of Biology and the Emerging Pathogens Institute of the University of Florida as Professor. He will continue to collaborate with the ID Dynamics group.

Derek Cummings and colleagues published Region-wide synchrony and traveling waves of dengue across eight countries in Southeast Asia in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Andrew Azman and Justin Lessler had The Impact of a One-Dose versus Two-Dose Oral Cholera Vaccine Regimen in Outbreak Settings: A Modeling Study published in PLoS Med. You can see the article here.

Shaun Truelove, Bill Moss and Justin Lessler had Mitigating measles outbreaks in West Africa post-Ebola published in Expert Review of Anti-infective Therapy.

Henrik Salje, Isabel Rodriguez-Barraquer and Derek Cummings had Reconstruction of 60 years of chikungunya epidemiology in the Philippines demonstrates episodic and focal transmission published in J Infect Dis.

Oliver Laeyendecker have the following papers in press.

Low false recent rate of Limiting-Antigen Avidity Assay among long term infected subjects from Guangxi, China AIDS Res Hum Retroviruses (in press)

Evaluation of Hidden HIV Infections in an Urban ED with a Rapid HIV Screening Program Am J Emerg Med (in press)

Intensive antiretroviral therapy with raltegravir and maraviroc does not enhance reduction of HIV reservoirs compared to standard therapy in early HIV infection Open Forum Infect Dis (in press)

Improvements in the Continuum of HIV Care in an Inner-City Emergency Department AIDS (in press)

Oliver Laeyendecker had Precision of the Kalon Herpes Simplex Virus Type 2 IgG ELISA: an international inter-laboratory assessment published in BMC Infect Dis.

July 2015

Isabel Rodriguez-Barraquer and Derek Cummings had The Hidden Burden of Dengue and Chikungunya in Chennai, India published in PLoS NTDS. You can see the article here. The link to the press release is here.

May 2015

Andrew Azman had a letter published in N Engl J Med. You can see the letter here.

Oliver Laeyendecker had Genome Sequencing and Analysis of Geographically Diverse Clinical Isolates of Herpes Simplex Virus 2 published in J Virol. He also had Global Diversity within and between Human Herpes Virus 1 and 2 Glycoproteins published in J Virol.

April 2015

Congratulations to Sean Moore for winning the Bronze Prize from DARPA as part of their Chikungunya forecasting challenge. The challenge involved forecasting the spread of chikungunya in the Americas over a six month period. Here is a link to the press release.

Isabel Rodriguez-Barraquer, Luis Mier-y-Teran-Romero, and Derek Cummings had a letter, Differential efficacy of dengue vaccine by immune status, published in The Lancet. You can see the letter here.

Justin Lessler, Kate Grabowski, and Oliver Laeyendecker had HIV Shedding from Male Circumcision Wounds in HIV-Infected Men: A Prospective Cohort Study published in PLOS Med.

Kate Grabowski also had HSV-2 shedding from male circumcision wounds in Raki, Uganda published in J Infect Dis.

Oliver Laeyendecker had the following papers published:

HIV Type 1 Disease Progression to AIDS and Death in a Rural Ugandan Cohort is Primarily Dependent on Viral Load Despite Variable Subtype and T-Cell Immune Activation Levels published in J Infect Dis.

Relationship between community-level alcohol outlet accessibility and individual-level herpes simplex virus type 2 infection among young women in South Africa published in Sex Transm Dis.

Antiretroviral drug use and HIV drug resistance among HIV-infected Black men who have sex with men: HIV Prevention Trials Netwrok 061 published in J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr.

Comparison of antibody responses to HIV infection in Ugandan women infected with HIV subtypes A and D published in AIDS Res Hum Retroviruses.

The Relationship between Alcohol Outlets, HIV Risk Behavior, and HSV-2 Infection among South African Young Women: A Cross-Sectional Study published in PLoS One.

Congratulations to Andrew Azman for his promotion to Research Associate and Oliver Laeyendecker for his joint appointment as an Assistant Professor in Epidemiology at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

For more news, see the archive.

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