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Derek A. Cummings, PhD

Derek A. Cummings, PhD


University of Florida

 

 

 

Derek A. Cummings, PhD

Derek A. Cummings, PhD, joined the Emerging Pathogens Institute at the University of Florida in 2015 as Professor of Biology. Formerly, he was Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. His research goal is to understand the temporal and spatial dynamics of the spread of infectious diseases in order to inform interventions to control their spread. Dr. Cummings' interests are in bridging theoretical work on infectious disease dynamics, field work on infectious diseases and public health responses to infectious disease outbreaks. Dr. Cummings' training is in systems research and he has worked on theoretical simulations of dengue, measles, smallpox and influenza transmission. His field work includes a community-based study of influenza in southern China, a study of dengue among non-human primates in Senegal, and a study of dengue in Thailand. His research includes analyses of spatial-temporal patterns of infectious disease spread and theoretical approaches to simulate the spread of pathogens in populations. He is specifically interested in the dynamics of dengue hemorrhagic fever, influenza, measles and chikungunya.

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