The three primary investigators of the Vaccine Modeling Initiative have world-class expertise in epidemic theory, field research on infectious diseases, vaccines and computational modeling and simulation. In partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, over the next four years these investigators will use computer simulations of epidemics to evaluate new vaccine technology and optimum ways of providing vaccinations.
Donald S. Burke, MD, Principal Investigator, University of Pittsburgh
Dr. Burke is the Dean of the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, Director of the Pittsburgh Center for Vaccine Research, Associate Vice Chancellor for Global Health, and UPMC-Jonas Salk Chair in Global Health. Dr. Burke is an internationally renowned expert in prevention, diagnosis and control of infectious diseases of global concern. He has authored over 200 scientific publications and has served as consultant to the WHO, Institute of Medicine, UNAIDS and multiple national governments.
Neil Ferguson, PhD, Co-Principal Investigator, Imperial College London
Dr. Ferguson is Director of MRC Centre for Outbreak Analysis and Modelling, Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology at Imperial College London.
Bryan Grenfell, PhD, Co-Principal Investigator, Princeton University
Dr. Grenfell is the Alumni Professor of Biology at the Pennsylvania State University and a Fellow of the Royal Society (the British equivalent of being a member of the National Academies of Science). He and colleagues at the Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics (CIDD) at Penn State have pioneered the field of phylodynamics, which explores the feedback between epidemic dynamics and pathogen evolution at the heart of many disease control problems. He is a consultant to the WHO, CDC and a number of other bodies.