Division of International Epidemiology and Population Studies (DIEPS)


The Division of International Epidemiology and Population Studies (DIEPS) conducts research in epidemiology and mathematical modeling of infectious diseases. Primary concentrations include cross-national studies of mortality patterns with special emphasis on influenza-associated disease, malaria and other vector-borne and vaccine-preventable diseases. Outcomes of DIEPS research and other activities are changes in public health policies and practices to decrease disease burdens.

An expert panel reviewed and evaluated DIEPS, and created the report, Division of International Epidemiology and Population Studies Review 2009 [PDF <1K, 52 pages].

To view Adobe PDF files, download current, free accessible plug-ins from the Adobe's website.


MAL-ED (pronounced "mal-a-dee") is a five-year multi-site project to investigate the linkages between malnutrition and intestinal infections and their effects on children in the developing world. DIEPS serves as the Scientific Secretariat for this eight site study located in Brazil, Peru, South Africa, Tanzania, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal, and co-administers the study with the Foundation for NIH (FNIH). The program is funded by a grant of nearly $30 million from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Mark Miller, M.D., of Fogarty, and Michael Gottlieb, Ph.D., of FNIH, serve as the Co-Principal Investigators in collaboration with other partners, including universities in the United States and foreign institutions.

Multinational Influenza Seasonal Mortality Study (MISMS)

world map of human avian influenza cases 2003-2006 indicated in red for each country
Photo: WHO
Map showing Human Avian Influenza Cases 2003-2006

MISMS is an international collaborative effort to analyze national and global mortality patterns associated with influenza virus circulation. Its four specific aims are to describe synchrony in seasonal variations of various causes of mortality associated with influenza mortality patterns, both within and amongst countries, and their association with changes in circulating subtypes of influenza virus, antigenic characteristics, population factors, and vaccine coverage; to explore the seasonal patterns and burden of influenza mortality in tropical countries, and understand the global circulation of influenza viruses - to achieve this goal, new methods for estimating mortality impact in tropical countries need to be developed; and, to develop a world map of influenza mortality burden and seasonal patterns.

Research and Policy for Infectious Disease Dynamics (RAPIDD)

The Research and Policy for Infectious Disease Dynamics (RAPIDD) program aims to improve the state of the art of mathematical modeling of infectious diseases, making it more reliable and relevant to policy makers preparing for or responding to outbreaks. Through an extensive series of workshops, working groups and postdoctoral fellowships designed to address critical challenges, RAPIDD seeks to understand:

  • which models and modeling approaches will facilitate adequate operational capacity
  • how models relate with one another and with data of various quality and scale
  • how the needs of decision-makers can be characterized and addressed through modeling

The ultimate goal of RAPIDD is to help improve outbreak control through scientifically sound modeling for forecasting and analysis. Since its establishment in 2008, RAPIDD has published more than 750 peer-reviewed papers, which have been cited more than 15,000 times.

Selected Recent RAPIDD Publications

Division of International Epidemiology and Population Studies (DIEPS) Staff

Acting Division Director:
Peter Kilmarx, M.D.


Division Director (on sabbatical):
Mark Miller, M.D.

Senior Scientist:
Ellis McKenzie, Ph.D.

Senior Scientist:
Josh Rosenthal, Ph.D.

Staff Scientist:
Cecile Viboud, Ph.D.

Senior Scientific Program Director (Contractor):
Stacey Knobler, M.Sc.

Research Fellows

Wladimir Alonso, Ph.D.

Senior Research Fellows

Ottar Bjornstad, Ph.D.
Bryan Grenfell, Ph.D.
Simon Hay, Ph.D.
Peter Hudson, Ph.D.
Uriel Kitron, Ph.D.
Thomas Muller, Ph.D.
Andrew Read, Ph.D.
Leslie Real, Ph.D.
William Reisen, Ph.D.
Steven Riley, Ph.D.
Pejman Rohani, Ph.D.
Thomas Scott, Ph.D.
Lone Simonsen, Ph.D.
David Smith, Ph.D.
Colleen Webb, Ph.D.
James Wood, Ph.D.
Eddie Holmes, Ph.D.
Andrew Rambaut, Ph.D.
Derek Smith, Ph.D.


Martha Nelson, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellows

Dan Weinberger, Ph.D.

Research Associates

Shweta Bansal, Ph.D.
Chris Barker, Ph.D.
Nicole Basta, Ph.D.
Roman Biek, Ph.D.
Seth Blumberg, M.D., Ph.D.
Richard Bowen, Ph.D.
Marta Balinska, Ph.D.
Gerardo Chowell, Ph.D.
Aubree Gordon, Ph.D.
Matt Ferrari, Ph.D.
Anthony Fooks, Ph.D.
Julia Gog, Ph.D.
Andrea Graham, Ph.D.
Carlos Guerra, Ph.D.
Emily Gurley, Ph.D.
Katie Hampson, Ph.D.
David Hartley, Ph.D.
David Hayman, Ph.D.
Aaron King, Ph.D.
Katia Koelle, Ph.D.
Steven Lindsay, Ph.D.
Jamie Lloyd Smith, Ph.D.
Angie Luis, Ph.D.
Jessica Metcalf, Ph.D.
Joel Miller, Ph.D.
Tianchan Niu, Ph.D.
Thomas O’Shea, Ph.D.
Kim Pepin, Ph.D.
Alex Perkins, Ph.D.
Virginia Pitzer, Ph.D.
Katherine Prager, Ph.D.
Juliet Pulliam, Ph.D.
Bobby Reiner, Ph.D.
Oliver Restif, Ph.D.
Anne Rimoin, Ph.D.
Marcel Salathe, Ph.D.
Jeff Shaman, Ph.D.
Andy Tatem, Ph.D.
Michael Tildesley, Ph.D.

Research Assistants

Stephanie Richard, M.H.S.
Jessica Seidman, M.H.S.

Guest Researchers

Rakesh Aggarwal, M.D.
Corinne Ringholz, Ph.D.
Yesim Tozan, Ph.D.

RAPIDD Program Fellows

Michael Buhnerkempe, Ph.D.
David Kennedy, Ph.D.


Peter Billingsly, Ph.D.
Cheryl Cohen, M.D.
Jean-Marc Depinay, M.D.
Jonathan Dushoff
Leland Ellis, M.D.
Ingrid Elvevag, M.I.H.
Phyllis Freeman, D.P.H., J.D.
Rebecca Freeman-Grais, Ph.D.
Cindy Friedman, M.D.
Andrea Gager, Ph.D.
David Griffith
Jong-Wan Kang, M.D., Ph.D.
Louise Kelly-Hope, Ph.D.
Jef Leroy, Ph.D.
Arnaud Le Menach, D.V.M.
Parvathi Myer, M.S.H.
Anthony Newall, M.P.H., Ph.D.
Baltazar Nunes, Ph.D.
Donald Olson, Ph.D.
Anand Prassad, M.D., Ph.D.
Maia Rabaa, M.H.S.
Thomas Reichert, Ph.D., M.D.
Caterina Rizzo, M.D.
Jennifer Rosen, M.D.
Kwame Rugonda
John Sentz, M.P.H.
Cathryn Shahab, M.S.H.
Tisamarie Sherry
Dave Smith, Ph.D.
Daniel Stein, M.P.H.
Rachel Sturke, M.P.H.
Arpita Tiwari, B.S.

Updated October 2015