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Friend and collaborator Mark Tanaka from the University of New South Wales (Sydney, Australia) visits the Koelle group for two weeks in mid-September. Katia and Mark are furiously working on a top-secret project involving pandemic flu dynamics….

Grateful, but somewhat embarrassed, Katia is chosen as one of Popular Science’s Brilliant Ten for 2014. You can read more about it here:


We all had a blast at this year’s Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Disease meeting in Fort Collins, CO. The banquet band was awesome! And the science great, too, of course…

Katia also presented recent (in review) flu work at the Evolution meeting in Raleigh and at the Simons Institute in Berkeley.

David Rasmussen went to an HIV meeting in Arizona.

Ashley is heading to Seattle for infectious disease summer courses.

Rotem presented some of her dengue modeling work in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Katia and family go to Santa Barbara for a good chunk of July and August to take part in a Kavli Institute program focused on resistance evolution.

Katia was fortunate enough to be involved with the submission of Betz Halloran’s MIDAS (Modeling Infectious Disease Agent Study) Center grant application last fall, and we have recently heard that the Center will be funded! Looking forward to interactions with all the involved researchers in the coming years!

The news and views piece is now published! Koelle, K. and D.A. Rasmussen. Influenza: prediction is worth a shot. (2014) Nature. 507 (7490), pp. 47-48. doi:10.1038/nature13054

Also, David’s paper has recently come out, too! Rasmussen, D.A., Volz, E., and K. Koelle (2014). Phylodynamic inference for structured epidemiological models. PLoS Computational Biology. 10(4), p. e1003570. doi: 10.1371/journal.pcbi.1003570

Stacy Scholle also was awarded Honorable Mention for the 2013 Student Paper of the Year Award from the American Naturalist for her AmNat paper. Congrats, Stacy!

Another late update… This is an award given to 5 Duke faculty members annually. Recipients are selected by members of the Advisory Committee on Appointment, Promotion, and Tenure. Thanks, Duke!

Umm.. what else is there to say under this post? This happened a couple of months back, but there are more interesting things to do than update one’s website. 🙂

Katia has become an Associate Editor of Proceedings of the Royal Society, Series B, and a Guest Editor at PLoS Computational Biology.

David Rasmussen (with coauthors Maciej Boni and Katia) had a paper accepted in Molecular Biology and Evolution on dengue dynamics in Vietnam. Congrats, David!

David and Rotem each also have submitted manuscripts in review, on phylodynamic inference for structured epidemiological models and dengue within-host dynamics, respectively.

Katia is writing a News & Views piece on a paper recently accepted for publication in Nature and has recruited David to contribute!

Katia, Stacy, Ashley, David, and Sean all headed to Amsterdam for the Epidemics meeting! Katia was one of the plenary speakers, and Sean and David contributed talks. Ashley and Stacy presented posters. Before the meeting, we all attended Rolf Ypma’s symposium and defense. (See photo.) Rotem instead heads to the Trop Med meeting in DC, where she presents her within-host dengue work as a poster.


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