Babak Pourbohloul works as a Director of mathematical modeling at the University of British Columbia Centre for Disease Control (UBC CDC). He received his Ph.D. degree in theoretical physics from Laval University, Quebec (1999). His dissertation focused on the control of chaotic behaviour in complex systems. In his previous research projects, he developed a model to assess the impact of vaccination programs against pertussis, when he worked at Institut national de santé publique du Québec (1999-2001). As his first modeling project at UBC CDC, he developed a model to evaluate the outcome of a mass treatment program to control syphilis transmission dynamics in a sexually active population. He is currently modeling the hepatitis C transmission dynamics at the population level, funded by the Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR). His research interests centre on modeling the transmission dynamics of infectious diseases and the impact of different control strategies on disease dynamics. He has recently developed a new mathematical toolkit, the "contact network epidemiology", to study infectious disease transmission. This approach is being used for the first time in a study to understand the SARS transmission dynamics in different social settings, funded by CIHR.
Biography Updated on 11 July 2010