ID Epi Spring Seminar Series 2021

Infectious Disease Epidemiology Seminar Series, logos of Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics and Harvard Chan School of Public Health, microscopic images of various viruses

Each spring, CCDD hosts an annual seminar series featuring talks from experts on the latest research in infectious disease epidemiology and modeling. The ID Epi Seminar Series aims to bring in speakers from various disciplines within infectious disease epidemiology, broadly defined to include the population biology of pathogens and other allied topics. Seminars will be held on Thursdays at 1pm ET between February 11th and May 6th with the exception of March 18th. Recordings of presentations will be made publicly available on this page each week.

Upcoming Events

Marcia Castro smiling

COVID-19 in Brazil

Thursday, 3/4/21 from 1:00pm – 2:00pm ET, presented by Marcia Castro. Dr. Castro is a Professor of Demography and Chair of the Department of Global Health and Population at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
Learn more
Tanja Stadler smiling

What do SARS-CoV-2 genomes tell
 us about the pandemic spread?

Thursday, 3/11/21 from 1:00pm – 2:00pm ET, presented by Tanja Stadler. Dr. Stadler is an Associate Professor at the Department of Biosystems Science and Engineering of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zürich) in Basel.
Learn more
Iruka Okeke smiling

Antimicrobial Resistance Action in Nigeria: Path to Genomic Surveillance

Thursday, 3/25/21 from 1:00pm – 2:00pm ET, presented by Iruka Okeke. Dr. Okeke is molecular bacteriologist and Professor in the Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria.
Learn more
Koen Pouwels smiling

Improving our use of existing antimicrobial resistance data and generating better data on optimal antibiotic duration by improving trial design in veterinary and human medicine

Thursday, 4/1/21 from 1:00pm – 2:00pm ET, presented by Koen Pouwels. Dr. Pouwels is a Senior Health Economist at Oxford University working on SARS-CoV-2 and antimicrobial resistance modeling.
Learn more
Muhammed Semakula smiling

How Rwanda Managed to Control COVID-19?

Thursday, 4/8/21 from 1:00pm – 2:00pm ET, presented by Muhammed Semakula. Mr. Semakula is working as Senior Statistician and Health Scientific Innovation Analyst at the Rwanda Biomedical Center.
Learn more
Dale Barnhart smiling

Identifying vulnerabilities and supporting patients during COVID-19: cohort studies in 7 LMICs

Thursday, 4/15/21 from 1:00pm – 2:00pm ET, presented by Dale Barnhart. Dr. Barnhart is a Global Health Equity Research Fellow at Harvard Medical School in affiliation with Partners In Health.
Learn more
Faith Osier smiling

Fc-dependent IgG parasite clearance as a guide for vaccine development against P. falciparum malaria

Thursday, 4/29/21 from 1:00pm – 2:00pm ET, presented by Faith Osier. Dr. Osier is a Professor of Immunology at Heidelberg University, Germany, and Executive Director of the IAVI Human Immunology Laboratory at Imperial College London.
Learn more
Bryan Bryson smiling

Engineering the host-pathogen interface

Thursday, 5/6/21 from 1:00pm – 2:00pm ET, presented by Bryan Bryson. Dr. Bryson is an Assistant Professor of Biological Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Learn more


Seminar Recordings

Leah Katzelnick smiling

Immune interactions between dengue and Zika viruses and protection versus enhancement of disease

2/11/21: Presented by Leah Katzelnick, Stadtman Tenure-Track Investigator in the NIH’s Viral Epidemiology and Immunity Unit.
Watch the recording
Colin Russell smiling

Timing is everything – the within and between host evolutionary dynamics of seasonal influenza viruses

2/18/21: Presented by Colin Russell. Dr. Russell is a Professor of Applied Evolutionary Biology at the Amsterdam University Medical Center.
Watch the recording
Nicholas Grassly smiling

Testing times: modelling the impact of alternative testing strategies on the COVID-19 pandemic

2/25/21: Presented by Nicholas Grassly. Dr. Grassly is a Professor in the Department for Infectious Disease Epidemiology at Imperial College London.
Watch the recording