Colloquium: "Moving from Mathematics to Infectious Diseases: From Functional Analysis to HIV and Dengue"

Nicholas Jewell, UC Berkeley

Abstract: I will briefly describe my move from research in functional analysis to statistical work relating to infectious diseases. Studies of infectious diseases present distinct statistical challenges associated with observational and experimental studies including intervention and vaccine trials. I will describe some experience with these issues historically, starting with HIV and leading to a large current ongoing trial to reduce infection from dengue fever in Indonesia.  A statistician needs many tools to tackle these problems including an understanding of sampling biases in survival data and the role of randomization and permutation tests for causal inference.

Host: Todd Kuffner

Tea @ 3:45pm in room 200