About 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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Several publications on TB, Norovirus and Influenza with Dr. Handel as co-author got published. Find them in the publication sections.
Dr. Handel took on even more administrative tasks by becoming the Associate Department Chair in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at UGA, and hopes his research activity won't suffer too much from this.
For the 8th consecutive year, Dr. Handel is teaching with his colleague Paul Thomas a course on "Infectious Diseases, Immunology and Within-Host Models" at the Summer Institute in Statistics and Modeling in Infectious Diseases, University of Washington.
Dr. Handel became graduate coordinator in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at UGA.
A new paper investigating the role of macrophages in influenza that we did with our colleague Kasia Pawelek is published in PLoS One. The paper is available in the immune system or influenza publication sections.
A new paper investigating T-cell responses to influenza in young and old mice, where we helped with some of the stats, was published in PNAS. The paper is available in the immune system or influenza publication sections.