College of Natural Sciences

COVID-19 Consortium Colloquium Speaker Series (CCC)

Wednesdays from 9:30 – 10:00 AM (CST)

The UT COVID-19 Modeling Consortium is delighted to present a weekly seminar series focusing on current thinking related to the pandemic response.  Each Wednesday we host a leading researching in the field to give an informal presentation of their current projects, interests, and questions related to the response.  Below are the distinguished presenters the Consortium has hosted thus far.  Videos will be posted as they become available, though not all videos are shared because of proprietary information.  If you have any questions or would like to be added to the Colloquium mailing list, please contact Becky Kester.

April 2022

Community Household Transmission of SARS-CoV-2

April 20, 2022
Dr. Thomas House

Department of Mathematics
University of Manchester

Effectiveness of public health measures - evidence from social distancing, school closure, and mask mandate policies

April 13, 2022
Dr. Zeynep Ertem

Assistant Professor
Systems Science and Industrial Engineering
Binghamton University

SARS-CoV-2 Genomic Surveillance Program and Variant Estimation

April 6, 2022
Drs. Anastasia Lambrou and Philip Shirk

Epidemic Intelligence Services Officer, Presidential Management Fellow
COVID-10 Emergency Response Team
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

March 2022

Interplay between the evolving pandemic and public health response: Insights from COVID-19 models

March 30, 2022
Dr. Pratha Sah

Associate Research Scientist
Center for Infectious Disease Modeling and Analysis
Yale University

Saliva for the sensitive detection of SARS-CoV-2

March 23, 2022
Dr. Anne Wyllie

Research Scientist in Epidemiology
School of Public Health and School of Medicine
Yale University

Characterizing spatial heterogeneity in drivers of SARS-CoV-2 transmission across scales

March 9, 2022
Dr. Shweta Bansal

Provost's Distinguished Associate Professor
Georgetown University
Department of Biology

COVID-19 modeling and study design

March 2, 2022
Dr. Rebecca Kahn

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Harvard School of Public Health
Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics

February 2022

Mainstreaming spillover science and preventing the next pandemic: Lessons learned from COVID-19

February 23, 2022
Dr. Emily Gurley

Professor of the Practice in Epidemiology and International Health
Bloomberg School of Public Health
Johns Hopkins University

January 2022

Assessing the risk of vaccine-driven virulence evolution in SARS-CoV-2

January 26, 2022
Dr. Jessica Metcalf

Associate Professor
Ecology, Evolutionary Biology & Public Affairs
Princeton University

Multiple models for outbreak decision support: Insights from the COVID-19 Scenario Modeling

January 19, 2022
Dr. Katriona Shea

Department of Biology
Penn State

December 2021

COVID-19 dynamics in Madagascar

December 15, 2021
Dr. Cara Brook

Assistant Professor of Ecology and Evolution
Biological Sciences Division
University of Chicago

COVID-19 Scenario Modeling Hub Round 9: Impact of childhood vaccination

December 8, 2021
Dr. Rebecca Borchering

Postdoctoral Researcher
Department of Biology and Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics
The Pennsylvania State University

November 2021

When Models are Wrong and Harmful: Unpacking forecast failures of the COVID-19 pandemic

November 17, 2021
Dr. Alyssa Bilinski

Peterson Family Foundation Assistant Professor
School of Public Health
Brown University

Medium term dynamics and impact of the COVID-19 pandemic

November 10, 2021
Dr. Bryan Grenfell

Kathryn Briger and Sarah Fenton Professor
Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Princeton University

Lost in Translation: Challenges of Communicating Complexity During a Crisis

November 3, 2021
Dr. Bryan Lewis

Research Associate Professor
Biocomplexity Insitute
University of Virgina

October 2021

Rapid SARS-CoV-2 Antigen Design

October 27, 2021
Dr. Ilya Finkelstein

Associate Professor
Department of Molecular Biosciences
The University of Texas at Austin

SARS-CoV-2: an evolving pandemic

October 13, 2021
Dr. Sarah "Sally" Otto

University Killam Professor
Biodiversity Research Centre
The University of British Columbia

September 2021

Leveraging a comprehensive public health surveillance system to explore emerging issues during pandemic

September 29, 2021
Dr. Ashleigh Tuite

Assistant Professor
Dalla Lana School of Public Health
The University of Toronto

What's next for COVID?  Lessons from 15 years of outbreak response

September 22, 2021
Dr. Matthew Ferrari

Professor, Dorothy Foehr Huck & J. Lloyd Huck Chair in Global Health
Department of Biology
The Pennsylvania State University

Quantifying population contact patterns in the United States during the COVID-19 pandemic

September 15, 2021
Dr. Ayesha Mahmud

Assistant Professor
Department of Demography
University of California, Berkeley

Skilled Nursing Facilities challenge with COVID-19

September 8, 2021
Dr. Michael Krol

Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine
Dell Medical School
The University of Texas at Austin

Assessing COVID prevention strategies to permit the safe opening of colleges in fall 2021

September 1, 2021
Dr. David Paltiel

Professor of Public Health, Management, and Social and Policy Studies
Co-Director of Public Health Modeling Concentration
School of Public Health
Yale University

August 2021

Mathematical modelling of the coronavirus disease

August 12, 2021
Dr. Vitaly Volpert

Director of Research for CNRS
Institut Camille Jordan
University Lyon

Semiparametric Bayesian Inference for the Transmission Dynamics of COVID-19 with a State-Space Model

August 5, 2021
Dr. Tianjian Zhou

Assistant Professor
Department of Statistics
Colorado State University

July 2021

Interpreting the evolution of SARS-CoV-2

July 29, 2021
Dr. Jesse Bloom

Basic Sciences Division and Public Health Sciences Division
Fred Hutch

SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine Discussion

July 22, 2021
Dr. Jason McLellan

Department of Molecular Biosciences
The University of Texas at Austin

June 2021

SARS-CoV-2 Biology and Countermeasure Development

June 24, 2021
Dr. Pei-Yong Shi

John Sealy Distinguished Chair in Innovations
Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston

Estimating COVID-19 Children Susceptibility and Infectivity using Data from the city of Bnei Brak

June 17, 2021
Dr. Yair Goldberg

Associate Professor
Industrial Engineering and Management
Israel Institute of Technology

May 2021

Transmission Dynamics of COVID-19

May 26, 2021
Dr. Virginia Pitzer

Associate Professor of Epidemiology
School of Public Health and Institute for Global Health
Yale University

Predicting zoonotic capacity of SARS-CoV-2 in mammals

May 19, 2021
Dr. Barbara Han

Disease Ecologist
Cary Institute

Transmission intervals and coronavirus control

May 12, 2021
Dr. Jonathan Dushoff

Department of Biology
McMaster University

April 2021

Titrating the relative impacts of spatial spread and local transmission to COVID-19 epidemiology

April 28, 2021
Pejman Rohani, Ph.D.

Regents’ & Georgia Athletics Association Professor
Odum School of Ecology & Department of Infectious Diseases, College of Veterinary Medicine
University of Virginia

Towards a pan-protective corona-virus vaccine: biochemical and structural considerations

April 21, 2021
Jennifer Maynard, Ph.D.

Department of Chemical Engineering
University of Texas at Austin

Comparing the direct and indirect impacts of COVID19 in the US and South Africa

April 14, 2021
Cécile Viboud,  Ph.D.

Senior Research Scientist
Division of International Epidemiology and Population Studies
Fogarty International Center, NIH, Bethesda, MD, USA

Prioritizing allocation of COVID-19 vaccines based on social contacts

April 7, 2021
Stephen Eubank, Ph.D.

Professor of Public Health Sciences
Deputy Director of Network Systems Science & Advanced Computing
School of Medicine
University of Virginia

March 2021

SARS-CoV-2 transmission bottlenecks and their implications

March 31, 2021
Katia Koelle, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Department of Biology
Emory University

Modeling Vaccine Distribution on COVID-19 Health Outcomes

March 24, 2021
Dr. Sara Del Valle

Deputy Group Leader
Defense Systems and Analysis Division, A-1
Los Alamos National Laboratory

Where Models Meet Morality: How can we meaningfully address COVID-19 disparities using public health data?

March 10, 2021
Dr. Jon Zelner

Assistant Professor in Epidemiology
School of Public Health
Unviersity of Michigan

Serology to monitor COVID-19 and inform the pandemic response

March 3, 2021
Dr. Ben Lopman

Department of Epidemiology
Rollins School of Public Health Emory University

February 2021

Non-specific vaccines for COVID-19 and concerns about the specific vaccines

February 24, 2021
Dr. Bruce Levin

Samuel C. Dobbs Professor
Department of Biology
Emory University

The Novel Coronavirus Research Compendium

February 10, 2021
Dr. Kathryn Gabowski

Assistant Professor
Bloomberg School of Public Health
Johns Hopkins University

Spatio-temporal heterogeneity and the spread of lineage B.1.1.7 in the United Kingdom

February 3, 2021
Dr. Samuel Scarpino

Assistant Professor
College of Science
Northeastern University

January 2021

The evolution of COVID-19 forecasting: What went right, what went wrong, and how do we do better next time

January 27, 2021
Dr. Lauren Castro

Principal Investigator
Department of Mathematics and Data Science Institute
Bar-Ilan University

Alternating quarantine for sustainable epidemic mitigation

January 20, 2021
Dr. Baruch Barzel

Principal Investigator
Department of Mathematics and Data Science Institute
Bar-Ilan University

Understanding Variation in Government Response to COVID-19

January 13, 2021
Dr. Thomas Hale

Associate Professor in Public Policy (Global Public Policy)
Blavatnik School of Government
University of Oxford

COVID-19 in Illinois

January 6, 2021
Dr. Jaline Gerardin

Assistant Professor of Preventive Medicine (Epidemiology)
Feinberg School of Medcine
Northwestern Medicine

December 2020

The usefulness of SARS-CoV-2 test positive proportion as a surveillance tool

December 9, 2020
Dr. Matthew Hitchings

Postdoctoral Associate
Department of Biology
University of Florida


November 2020

COVID-19 Forecasts for the US by State

November 18, 2020
Dr. John Drake

Distinguished Research Professor, Director
Odum School of Ecology, Center for the Ecology of Infectious Diseases
University of Georgia


October 2020

Estimating and interpreting the effective reproductive number, R(t)

October 28, 2020
Dr. Katelyn Gostic

James S. McDonnell Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow
Department of Ecology & Evolution
University of Chicago

Epidemiology of COVID-19 in two Indian states

October 21, 2020
Dr. Joseph Lewnard

Assistant Professor
Epidemiology, School of Public Health
University of California, Berkeley

Identifiability and indirect transmission: Positive lessons from a (probably) negative result

October 14, 2020
Dr. Brandon Ogbunu

Assistant Professor
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Yale University

Modeling intersectionality to achieve equity and fairness in COVID-19 vaccine allocation

October 7, 2020
Dr. Jewel Mullen

Associate Dean for Health Equity and Associate Professor
Department of Population Health
Dell Medical School
The University of Texas at Austin

September 2020

How do we know what and how it is safe/unsafe to reopen?

September 30, 2020
Dr. Marc Lipsitch

Professor of Epidemiology and Director of the Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics
T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Harvard University

Modeling the impacts of test sensitivity, frequency, and turnaround time for COVID-19 surveillance

September 23, 2020
Dr. Daniel Larremore

Assistant Professor
College of Engineering and Applied Science
University of Colorado Boulder

Projecting hospital utilization and assessing implications of silent transmission during the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States

September 16, 2020
Drs. Alison Galvani and Abhishek Pandey

Director and Associate Director of Center for Infectious Disease Modeling and Analysis (CIDMA)
School of Public Health
Yale University

City of Austin COVID-19 Update

September 9, 2020
Dr. Mark Escott

EMS System Medical Director and Interim Medical Director and Health Authority
Travis County and Austin Public Health, Austin, TX

Europe on the brink of a second wave

September 2, 2020
Dr. Vittoria Colizza

Research Director
EPIcx Lab
Pierre Louis Institute of Epidemiology and Public Health, INSERM

August 2020

Impacts of K-12 school reopening on the COVID-19 epidemic in Indiana

August 26, 2020
Drs. Alex Perkins and Guido Espana

Associate Professor and Postdoctoral Researcher
Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Population Biology
University of Notre Dame

Epidemiology and control of COVID-19 in Hong Kong

August 19, 2020
Dr. Benjamin Cowling

Professor and Head, Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
School of Public Health, University of Hong Kong

Herd immunity thresholds for SARS-CoV-2 estimated from unfolding epidemics in Europe

August 12, 2020
Dr. Gabriela Gomes

Professor of Mathematics and Statistics
University of Strathclyde, Glasgow

July 2020

Social distancing inequity in COVID-19

July 29, 2020
Dr. Micaela Martinez

Assistant Professor
Environmental Health Sciences
Columbia University

Recommended policy priorities for regaining control of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States

July 22, 2020
Dr. Caitlin Rivers

Assistant Professor
Environmental Health and Engineering
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Estimating COVID-19 infected/recovered populations: Uncertainties and prospects for reducing future transmission

July 15, 2020
Dr. Joshua Weitz

School of Biological Sciences
Georgia Institute of Technology

COVID-19: Symptom Screening, Viral Stability, and Aerosol Transmission

July 8, 2020
Dr. Jamie Lloyd-Smith

Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
University of California, Los Angeles

COVID-19 Forecast Hub’s work to collaborate across modelers

July 1, 2020
Dr. Nicolas Reich

Associate Professor
School of Public Health & Health Sciences
University of Massachusetts Amherst

June 2020

US COVID-19 forecasting approach

June 24, 2020
Dr. Alessandro Vespignani

Director and Sternberg Family Distinguished Professor
Bouve College of Science
Northeastern University

COVID-19 Epidemic and Response in South Africa

June 17, 2020
Dr. Juliet Pulliam

Assistant Professor of Biology
Department of Biology and Emerging Pathogens Institute
University of Florida

Research in NYC around respiratory viruses and transmission and its application to COVID-19

June 10, 2020
Dr. Jeffrey Shaman

Professor and Director
Environmental Health Sciences, Climate and Health Program
Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University

Covid and Children: Transmission of Infection

June 3, 2020
Dr. Rosalind Eggo

Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology
Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

May 2020

COVID-19 Prevention Strategies in Japan

May 27, 2020
Dr. Natalie Dean

Assistant Professor, Department of Biostatistics
College of Public Health and Health Professions
College of Medicine
University of Florida

Genomic Tracking SARS-CoV-2 Evolution and Spread

May 20, 2020
Dr. Trevor Bedford

Associate Member at the Fred Hutch Vaccine and Infectious Disease Division and Computational Biology Program
Affiliate Associate Professor in the Departments of Genome Sciences and Epidemiology
The University of Washington

The Effect of Crowding and Environmental Transmission on Shape of COVID-19 Epidemic Curves

May 13, 2020
Dr. Samuel Scarpino

Assistant Professor
College of Science
Northeastern University