Dr. Handel’s short academic biography
1/2009 – PRESENT
I am currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, College of Public Health, at the University of Georgia. I also serve as Associate Department Chair and Graduate Coordinator and lead the Health Systems Modeling Core at UGA’s Health Informatics Institute.
I have adjunct appointments in UGA’s Department of Infectious Diseases in the College of Veterinary Medicine and in the Department of Epidemiology, Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. I am a Member of UGA’s Institute of Bioinformatics and Faculty of Infectious Diseases.
8/2004 – 12/2008
I was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Biology at Emory University in the group of Rustom Antia. During my Postdoc, I used the mathematical and computational approaches that I learned during my Ph.D. to study the dynamics of pathogens, both on the within-host level during individual infections and the between-host, population level.
8/1999 – 7/2004
I obtained a Ph.D. in physics from the Center for Nonlinear Science and School of Physics, Georgia Institute of Technology. I worked with Roman Grigoriev on the topic of localized control of spatially extended, nonlinear dynamical systems. My research combined elements from fluid mechanics, applied mathematics, dynamical systems theory and control theory. If you want to learn more, you can read the introduction of my thesis, which should be understandable to non-experts.
8/1996 – 7/1999 I received my B.S. (or what could be considered the German equivalent) from the Department of Physics, University of Stuttgart in Germany. My focus areas were nonlinear dynamics/chaos theory and scientific computation.
Additional Information about me
My current Erdős number is (as far as I’m aware) 4. (Paul Erdős -> Ernst Gabor Straus -> Raymond M. Redheffer -> Sergei S. Pilyugin -> Andreas Handel).