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Edwin MichaelEdwin Michael

Professor of Biological Sciences
(PhD, Imperial College London)

100 Galvin Life Sciences Center


Geographic focus: Asia, Africa, Caribbean and Pacific regions

Thematic interests: Epidemiology and population ecology of tropical infectious disease transmission and control, mobile health technologies, crowdsourcing, and social enterprise innovations.

Current research:

  • Developing a multidisciplinary systems approach to better understand tropical infectious disease population dynamics and to serve as a tool for the rational design and management of large-scale community based intervention programs, ranging from vector control to chemotherapy to vaccinations; use of big data platforms to facilitate decision making under conditions of biocomplexity, uncertainty, and local socio-ecologies.

  • Developing convergent web- and mobile-phone-based management information systems as tools for capturing spatially distributed intervention and health outcomes data in order to assess program effectiveness, support adaptive policy analysis, and empower local health decision making.

  • Exploring and applying social enterprise models based on frugal innovations in science, informatics, management, and sustainable business templates, as powerful new complementary solutions for overcoming entrenched health problems in resource-poor settings.

Selected publications:

  • Modelling Parasite Transmission and Control (coedited with R. Spear, Springer, 2010)

  • Gambhir, M; Bockarie, M.J., Tisch, D.T., Kazura, J.W., Remais, J., Spear, R. & Michael, E. (2010). Influence of geographic and ecologic factors on elimination thresholds for global lymphatic filariasis programmes. BMC Biology 8: 22

  • Michael, E. & Gambhir, M. (2010) Transmission models and management of Lymphatic Filariasis elimination. Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology 673: 157-171

  • Abu Hassan, M.R., Pani, S.P., Peng, N.P., Voralu, K., Vijayalakshmi, N., Mehanderkar, R., Aziz, N.A. & Michael, E. (2010). Incidence, risk factors and clinical epidemiology of melioidosis: an emerging infectious disease in the Alor Setar region of Kedah state, northern Malaysia. BMC Infectious Diseases 10: 302

  • Madon, S., Krishna, S.K. & Michael, E. (2010) Health information systems, decentralization and democractic accountability. Public Administration and Development doi:10.1002/pad.571

  • Meyrowitsch, D.W., Pedersen, E.M., Alifrangis, M., Scheike, T.H., Malecela, M.N., Magesa, S.M., Derua, Y.A., Rwegoshora, R.T., Michael, E. & Simonsen, P.E. (2011). Is the current decline in malaria burden in sub-Saharan Africa due to a decrease in vector population? Malaria Journal 10: 188

  • Parham, P. & Michael, E. (2011). Outbreak properties of epidemic models: the role of temporal forcing and malaria emergence under climate changes. Journal of Theoretical Biology 271: 1-9

  • Slater, H. & Michael, E. (2012). Predicting the current and future potential distributions of lymphatic filariasis in Africa using maximum entropy ecological niche modelling. PloS One 7: e32202

  • 107. Thomsen, E.K., Reimer, L.J., Henry-Halldin, C.N., Zimmerman, P.A., Tisch, D.J., Baea, M.E., Dagoro, H., Susapu, M., Bockarie, M.J., Michael, E., Siba, P.M. & Kazura, J.W. (2012). Long-lasting insecticidal nets and extinction of Anopheline-transmitted lymphatic filariasis in Papua New Guinea. New England Journal of Medicine (in press)

  • Singh, B.K., Bockarie, M.J., Kazura, J.W. & Michael, E. (2012). Sequential modeling of the effects of mass drug treatments on Anopheline-mediated lymphatic filariasis infection in Papua New Guinea. BMC Biology (in press)

  • Reiner, R.C., Perkins, T.A., Barker, C.M., Niu,T., Chaves, L.F., Ellis, A.M., George, D.B., , Menach, A., Pulliam, J., Bisanzio, D., Buckee, C., Chiyaka, C., Cummings, D.A.T., Garcia, A.J., Gatton, M.L., Gething, P.W., Hartley, D.M., Johnston, G., Klein, E.Y., Michael, E., Linsday,S.W., Lloyd, A.L., Pigott, D.M., Reisen, W.K., Ruktanonchai, N., Singh, B., Tatem, A.J., Kitron, U., Hay, S.I., Scott, T.W., Smith, D.L. (2012) A systematic review of mathematical models of mosquito-borne pathogen transmission: 1970-2010. Journal of the Royal Society Interface (in press)

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