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Infectious disease epidemiologist specializing in the intersection between mathematical models of disease transmission and observational methods. Crafter of artisanal simulation models for the discerning scientist. Oddly fond of enteric pathogens.

A fair hand at SAS, Python and R

@GermsAndNumbers


Jul
2
answered What prevents predator overpopulation?
Apr
29
answered Viruses: Adaptation to a new host through repeated host jumps
Apr
29
answered Can a virophage potentially be used to cure a viral disease?
Jan
14
awarded  Revival
Jan
13
answered Could murder be modeled as an infectious disease?
Jan
13
comment Could murder be modeled as an infectious disease?
@ThomasIngalls That objection is also true for infectious diseases, which is why we model in the first place.
Jan
7
comment Why do parasites sometimes kill their hosts?
+1 - a number of the parasites that cause human disease aren't supposed to be in us. We're an odd side-note in their lifecycle.
Dec
14
awarded  Yearling
Dec
12
answered Organisms as potential Bio-Weapons?
Dec
4
comment Do invasive species cause long-term damage to ecosystems they invade?
@Beofett I used an extreme example, but it's never the less useful to make sure your question is bounded by scope and time, because it changes the answer.
Dec
3
answered Why do yeast ferment Equal sweetener
Dec
3
comment Do invasive species cause long-term damage to ecosystems they invade?
It might also help to define what you meant by "ecosystem". If we consider the intestinal tract of a human as a microbial ecosystem, it's rather straightforward to show that invasive species cause long-term damage, by killing the host.
Dec
3
comment Do we actually get more sick (flu/cold) during winter?
As this answer cites my paper, it is clearly correct ;). I would note that it's true for influenza, and a few other winter-circulating diseases (Norovirus comes to mind). Other infections are more prevalent in the summer (many bacterial GI infections for example) and some don't care at all.
Oct
8
accepted Are there animal models for Clostridium difficile that better replicate human infection than hamsters?
Sep
26
answered Survivorship Curves: Type II curve mortality rate is not constant?
Sep
26
awarded  Nice Question
Jun
15
comment Understanding SIR models in epidemiology
Is it, for example, possible that you meant "saturation contact rate", and are perhaps discussing choosing between frequency and density dependent mixing?
Jun
15
comment Understanding SIR models in epidemiology
I'm an Epidemiologist that does mathematical modeling, and to be frank, I've never heard the term. Can you provide a brief definition as you've encountered it, or at least some context that I might be able to build off of?
Jun
14
awarded  Nice Answer
Mar
5
answered Is there a strong reason to be sceptical about the “cured HIV patient” being reported by mainstream media?