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Matthew Behrend, PhD

Matthew Behrend, PhDDr. Behrend is a research scientist in the Epidemiological Modeling (EMOD) group, a project of the Global Good Fund at Intellectual Ventures Lab. He is applying mathematical models with polio program collaborators to develop strategy and inform policy making. Dr. Behrend previously researched in retinal neurobiology laboratories on genetic therapy for degenerative blindness. His graduate work in the retinal prosthesis testbed measured physiologic performance limits associated with the design of high-resolution electronic implants to restore sight for blind patients. Dr. Behrend received BS and PhD degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California in 2004 and 2009.

Guillaume Chabot-Couture, PhD

Guillaume Chabot-Couture, PhDDr. Chabot-Couture is an Associate PI of the Epidemiological Modeling (EMOD) project at Intellectual Ventures' Global Good Fund and leads the analysis and model usage section. He completed his PhD in Applied Physics at Stanford University in 2010, which focused on experimental and theoretical cuprate superconductor research. He served as lecturer and leader for the Canadian Physics Olympiad, and as captain and administrator of the Stanford Shotokan Karate Club. Dr. Chabot-Couture has received two national post-graduate scholarships from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. His research interests include vaccination campaign data analysis and modeling, disease risk estimation, financial projections, and weather modeling.

Philip Eckhoff, PhD

Philip Eckhoff, PhDDr. Eckhoff is the Principal Investigator of the Epidemiological Modeling (EMOD) project team at Intellectual Ventures' Global Good Fund in Bellevue, Washington. This group develops computer simulations of malaria, polio, and other disease transmission dynamics to assist public health professionals and other scientists in planning eradication of different diseases. These simulations have resolution of individuals but cover large geographic areas and are focused on studying all phases of a Global Eradication campaign. Beyond modeling disease eradication, his research interests include technologies for improved public health in the developing world and other global development issues, such as vaccine delivery, developing world nutrition and agriculture, and improved sanitation.

Dr. Eckhoff received his PhD at Princeton University in applied and computational mathematics. At Princeton, his work focused on computational neuroscience and biophysics‐motivated models of decision making. While at Princeton, he began work on malaria and mathematical models of disease transmission. He had malaria frequently while growing up at a humanitarian hospital on the north coast of Haiti. He received a Special Achievement Award by a Hertz Fellow in 2009 for his work on Malaria Modeling. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Fannie and John Hertz Foundation and as an interviewer for its graduate fellowship program. He also serves as an External Reviewer for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) and as a pro bono external advisor for BMGF programs in Global Health and Global Development.

Hao Hu, PhD

Hao Hu, PhDDr. Hu is an Associate Principal Investigator in the Epidemiological Modeling (EMOD ) program at Intellectual Ventures' Global Good Fund and leads the networks and transmission group. As a member of EMOD's research team, Dr. Hu is focused on modeling disease transmission and population contact networks as well as looking at questions related to polio eradication. As such, he is involved in modeling the spatial and temporal spread of polio based on realistic demographic and population movement data, as well as analyzing vulnerability and risk of polio outbreak for endemic and focus countries, in order to assist in the planning of vaccination campaign activities. Prior to joining EMOD, he performed research in the Laboratory for the Modeling of Biological and Social-technical Systems (MoBS) at Indiana University (now at Northeastern University) between 2006 and 2010. His research focused on developing computational model for the in-silico simulations of the spatial spreading of infectious diseases in structured population. He got his PhD in Biophysics and Informatics at Indiana University in 2010, and his BS degree in Applied Physics at University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) in 2005.

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