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Gerardo Chowell


Ph.D., 2005, Cornell University
B.S., 2001, Universidad de Colima


Gerardo Chowell is Professor of Mathematical Epidemiology in the division of Epidemiology & Biostatistics in the School of Public Health. He also holds an external affiliation as a Senior Research Fellow at the Division of International Epidemiology and Population Studies at the Fogarty International Center, National Institutes of Health.

Before joining Georgia State, Dr. Chowell was an associate professor in the School of Human Evolution and Social Change at Arizona State University.

Chowell is a member of the Editorial Boards of BMC Medicine, BMC Infectious Diseases, Epidemics, Mathematical Biosciences and Engineering and PLoS ONE.

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Infectious Disease Dynamics, Division of International Epidemiology and Population Studies, Fogarty International Center, National Institute of Health, Period: 10/01/2016 -09/30/2017.

NSF grant 1414374 as part of the joint NSF-NIH-USDA Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases program, UK Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council grant BB/M008894/1 (PI: Charles Perrings).


Using Phenomenological Models to Characterize Transmissibility and Forecast Patterns and Final Burden of Zika Epidemics.
Chowell G, Hincapie-Palacio D, Ospina J, Pell B, Tariq A, Dahal S, Moghadas S, Smirnova A, Simonsen L, Viboud C.
PLoS Curr. 2016 May 31;8. pii: ecurrents.outbreaks.f14b2217c902f453d9320a43a35b9583. doi: 10.1371/currents.outbreaks.f14b2217c902f453d9320a43a35b9583.

Prevention and Control of Zika as a Mosquito-Borne and Sexually Transmitted Disease: A Mathematical Modeling Analysis.
Gao D, Lou Y, He D, Porco TC, Kuang Y, Chowell G, Ruan S.
Sci Rep. 2016 Jun 17;6:28070. doi: 10.1038/srep28070.

A generalized-growth model to characterize the early ascending phase of infectious disease outbreaks.
Viboud C, Simonsen L, Chowell G.
Epidemics. 2016 Jun;15:27-37. doi: 10.1016/j.epidem.2016.01.002. Epub 2016 Feb 1.

Global Mortality Impact of the 1957-1959 Influenza Pandemic.
Viboud C, Simonsen L, Fuentes R, Flores J, Miller MA, Chowell G.
J Infect Dis. 2016 Mar 1;213(5):738-45. doi: 10.1093/infdis/jiv534.

Transmission characteristics of MERS and SARS in the healthcare setting: a comparative study.
Chowell G, Abdirizak F, Lee S, Lee J, Jung E, Nishiura H, Viboud C.
BMC Med. 2015 Sep 3;13:210. doi: 10.1186/s12916-015-0450-0.

Modelling the spatial-temporal progression of the 2009 A/H1N1 influenza pandemic in Chile.
Bürger R, Chowell G, Mulet P, Villada LM.
Math Biosci Eng. 2016 Feb;13(1):43-65. doi: 10.3934/mbe.2016.13.43.

Synthesizing data and models for the spread of MERS-CoV, 2013: Key role of index cases and hospital transmission.
Chowell G, Blumberg S, Simonsen L, Miller MA, Viboud C.
Epidemics. 2014 Dec;9:40-51. doi: 10.1016/j.epidem.2014.09.011. Epub 2014 Oct 7.
PMID: 25480133 [PubMed – in process] Free Article

Transmission dynamics and control of Ebola virus disease (EVD): a review.
Chowell G, Nishiura H.
BMC Med. 2014 Oct 10;12(1):196. [Epub ahead of print]
PMID: 25300956 [PubMed – as supplied by publisher] Free PMC Article

Heat-related deaths in hot cities: estimates of human tolerance to high temperature thresholds.
Harlan SL, Chowell G, Yang S, Petitti DB, Morales Butler EJ, Ruddell BL, Ruddell DM.
Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2014 Mar 20;11(3):3304-26. doi: 10.3390/ijerph110303304.
PMID: 24658410 [PubMed – in process] Free PMC Article

Transmission potential of influenza A/H7N9, February to May 2013, China.
Chowell G, Simonsen L, Towers S, Miller MA, Viboud C.
BMC Med. 2013 Oct 2;11:214. doi: 10.1186/1741-7015-11-214.
PMID: 24083506 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE] Free PMC Article

Characterizing the epidemiology of the 2009 influenza A/H1N1 pandemic in Mexico.
Chowell G, Echevarría-Zuno S, Viboud C, Simonsen L, Tamerius J, Miller MA, Borja-Aburto VH.
PLoS Med. 2011 May;8(5):e1000436. doi: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1000436. Epub 2011 May 24.
PMID: 21629683 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE] Free PMC Article

Severe respiratory disease concurrent with the circulation of H1N1 influenza.
Chowell G, Bertozzi SM, Colchero MA, Lopez-Gatell H, Alpuche-Aranda C, Hernandez M, Miller MA.
N Engl J Med. 2009 Aug 13;361(7):674-9. doi: 10.1056/NEJMoa0904023. Epub 2009 Jun 29.
PMID: 19564633 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE] Free Article

Seasonal influenza in the United States, France, and Australia: transmission and prospects for control.
Chowell G, Miller MA, Viboud C.
Epidemiol Infect. 2008 Jun;136(6):852-64. Epub 2007 Jul 18.
PMID: 17634159 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE] Free PMC Article

The basic reproductive number of Ebola and the effects of public health measures: the cases of Congo and Uganda.
Chowell G, Hengartner NW, Castillo-Chavez C, Fenimore PW, Hyman JM.
J Theor Biol. 2004 Jul 7;229(1):119-26.
PMID: 15178190 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]

Scaling laws for the movement of people between locations in a large city.
Chowell G, Hyman JM, Eubank S, Castillo-Chavez C.
Phys Rev E Stat Nonlin Soft Matter Phys. 2003 Dec;68(6 Pt 2):066102. Epub 2003 Dec 15.
PMID: 14754264 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]

SARS outbreaks in Ontario, Hong Kong and Singapore: the role of diagnosis and isolation as a control mechanism.
Chowell G, Fenimore PW, Castillo-Garsow MA, Castillo-Chavez C.
J Theor Biol. 2003 Sep 7;224(1):1-8.
PMID: 12900200 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]