Chiara Poletto obtained a PhD in Physics at the University of Padova with a thesis titled "Solvent induced interactions in biopolymers: origin of secondary motifs". From February 2009 to December 2013 she was a post-doc researcher at the Computational Epidemiology Lab at ISI Foundation in Turin, Italy. In September 2012 she moved to INSERM in Paris, first as a visitor researcher with a fellowship, then as Post Doc.
Poletto’s scientific background is in the physics of complex systems. Her research activity focuses on the application of tools of statistical physics to biological problems. Currently her research interest is on the characterization and modeling of the spatiotemporal spread of emerging infectious diseases. Poletto’s research work makes use of both theoretical and computational approaches with the aim of characterizing the complex interplay between demography, individual mobility network and epidemic spreading. Recently, she focused on the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic, using the Global Epidemic and Mobility model (GLEaM) developed by the lab, to estimate unknown disease parameters, provide projections on the pandemic evolution and explore possible intervention scenarios. In addition, her work also focuses on the analysis of theoretical models for the multi-scale spreading of epidemics aimed at identify those aspects of human traveling that crucially affect global infection circulation.
awards and fellowships
Post Doctoral Fellowship funded by the French Embassy in Italy and the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs for carrying out a 6-months research project at INSERM, Paris (September 2012) Scholarship for attending the Summer Institute in Statistics and Modeling of Infectious Diseases 2010, funded by School of Public Health, University of Washington (June 2010) Bursary for attending European Conference of Complex Systems 2009, funded by ASSYST project. (September 2009) Doctoral Fellowship, Physics Department, University of Padova (2006-2009) Fellowship associated to the project Protein Physics, University of Padova (May - October 2005)