EPIcx lab co-PI
chiara.poletto (at) inserm.fr
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. Since October 2015 she is researcher at INSERM.
Poletto applies tools of statistical physics and complex systems to epidemiological problems. She characterizes and model the spatial spread of infectious diseases both from a theoretical and general perspective and a computational data-driven one. She is interested on how human demography, mobility and behavior impact the propagation of emerging infections. How do traveling patterns, journey duration and difference in travel frequency affect local mixing and transmission of influenza-like diseases? How do the mobility of individuals and their space distribution determine dominance/co-dominance regimes in case of multiple interacting strains of the same pathogen? Besides these fundamental research questions, She studies real epidemic events, like the MERS-CoV epidemic, the Chikungunya outbreak in the Caribbean and the Western Africa Ebola outbreak.
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