Handel Research Group

Welcome to the Handel Research Group website.

We are located in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics within the College of Public Health at the University of Georgia.

We are also affiliated with the Health Informatics Institute and the Center for the Ecology of Infectious Diseases at UGA, as well as the Modeling Immunity to Influenza Infection Center at Emory University.

In our group, we study the spread and control of infectious diseases, mainly influenza, tuberculosis and norovirus. We use mathematical models, computational simulations and statistical analysis to understand the dynamics of pathogens on different spatial and temporal scales.

One part of our research deals with the spread of disease inside an infected individual. These within-host studies involve modeling pathogen and immune response, and sometimes drugs, to understand what determines disease severity and infectiousness.

The other part of our research concerns the spread and control of disease on the population level. These between-host studies focus on the dynamics, control and evolution of pathogens.

The ultimate goal of our work is to help design better intervention and control strategies against infectious diseases, both for individual patients and on the population level.

More information about our research can be found in the current project descriptions and publications from completed projects.

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Projects

modelbuilder - Building and analysis of compartmental mechanistic models without coding

R package that allows building and analysis of dynamical models without the need to write code.

DSAIDE - Dynamical Systems Approach to Infectious Disease Epidemiology

R package that teaches modern infectious disease epidemiology in a user-friendly way.

DSAIRM - Dynamical Systems Approach to Immune Response Modeling

R package that teaches modeeling for within-host infection and immunology.

Influenza Research

Modeling and Analysis of influenza.

Multi-scale Research

Multi-scale analysis of infectious disease dynamics.

Norovirus Research

Modeling and Analysis to inform norovirus vaccine design.

Tuberculosis Research

Analysis of Tuberculosis transmission dynamics.

Vaccine related research

Modeling and data analysis to inform optimal vaccine formulation and use.

Immunology Research

Analysis and modeling of the immune response following infection.

Group Members

Current Members

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Andreas Handel

Associate Professor

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Brian McKay

PhD Student

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Rachel Mercaldo

PhD Student

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Yang Ge

PhD Student

Former Members

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Alexander Becker

REU Student

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Annaliese Wieler

REU Student

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Isaac Fung

Postdoc

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Kylie Balotin

REU Student

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Nibiao Zheng

PhD Student

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Sang Lee

Undergrad student

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Scott Russell

Master Student

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Sina Solaimanpour

Master Student

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Taylor Joseph

REU Student

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Theresa Devasia

Undergrad Student

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Victoria Akin

Undergrad Student

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Wei-En Lu

REU Student

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Yan Li

PhD student