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Wow. I haven’t updated this website in a while… Well, it’s not because we’ve been sitting around idly… Here are some of the most salient happenings since the last post over a year ago:


In a nutshell, lots of our research that has come out… In the last couple of months, Ashley published her work on influenza virus evolution occurring in a human challenge study in the Journal of Virology, Rotem published her work on dengue virus within-host dynamics in PLoS Computational Biology, and the dengue vaccine comparative modeling work I was involved in was accepted in PLoS Medicine. See the Publications page for more info!


We have recently been awarded a DARPA grant focusing on characterizing and modeling the functional organization of influenza virus within infected individuals, and the implications of this organization for between-host transmission and the development of novel therapeutic approaches. We are very much looking forward to interacting with both our theoretical and empirical collaborators Ruian Ke at NC State, Chris Brooke at UIUC, Connie Chang at MSU, and Laura Fabris at Rutgers over the next four years!

Together with Ben Lopman at Emory and Andreas Handel at UGA, we have submitted a MIDAS R01 on modeling norovirus within- and between-host dynamics!


In 2016, Katia has had the opportunity to go to and speak at some fabulous meetings, including an Aspen Center of Physics meeting n January (Populations, Evolution, and Physics, organized by Jeff Gore, Oskar Hallatschek, and Edo Kussell), an EMBL/EMBO meeting in Heidelberg in May on New Model Systems for Linking Ecology and Evolution, a MIDAS meeting in May, an Evolutionary Medicine meeting in Durham in June, a Modeling Influenza meeting in Princeton in July, and a Calicivirus meeting in October in Savannah.

She has also had the opportunity to give seminar talks in various Georgia locations during her sabbatical stay at Emory between January and July 2016, including in Biology at Emory, in Emory’s PBEE seminar, in Georgia Tech’s evolutionary microbiology seminar, at the CDC, and in UGA’s Computational Ecology seminar. Had a great time down there!

She is looking forward to her upcoming Yale seminar and her upcoming talk at the AMS sectional meeting in Raleigh!


Fall 2016: Ashley Sobel successfully defends her Ph.D.! She is sticking with the Koelle lab for another semester as a post-doc, then goes back for her final year of med school before graduating with a seriously over-educated MD/PHD degree.

Spring 2016: Rotem Ben-Shachar successfully defends her Ph.D., gets married, treks around S. America, and then starts a post-doc in Fall 2016 with Eva Harris and Mike Boots at Berkeley!

Spring 2016: Stacy Scholle successfully defends her Ph.D.!

Fall 2016: Celeste Donato from Duke-NUS visits for the month of October to collaborate on influenza B!

Fall 2016: Undergrads Eddie Zhao and Alex Dai sign on for independent research!


Katia is teaching two new classes this year! Ecology of Human Health, with Bill Morris, and Mathematics of Disease, with Jim Nolen.

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