Advancing Methods in Infectious Disease Models: Incorporating Structural Causes

Boston College Mathematics, 2022–23

Liaison(s): Dr. Nadia Abuelezam ’09
Advisor(s): Lisette de Pillis
Students(s): Anna Ding (PM-F), Claire Chang (PM-S), Anna Krutsinger (PM-S), Hena Ahmed, Georgia Witchel

The Abuelezam Lab at Boston College seeks to advance mathematical modeling methods to account for structural determinants of infectious disease transmission, including racism. Our clinic project examines interventions targeting environmental and social determinants of COVID-19 dynamics. We add functionality to an existing transmission model, called Covasim, to provide policy recommendations aimed at reducing racial and socioeconomic disparities in COVID-19 health outcomes.