Jeffrey Townsend, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Public Health (Biostatistics) and of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; Director of Bioinformatics, Yale Center for Analytical Sciences

Biographical Info

Professor Townsend received his Ph.D. in 2002 in organismic and evolutionary biology from Harvard University, under the advisement of Daniel Hartl. His Ph.D. was entitled "Population genetic variation in genome-wide gene expression: modeling, measurement, and analysis", and constituted the first population genetic analysis of genome-wide gene expression variation. After making use of the model budding yeast S. cerevisiae for his Ph.D. research, Dr. Townsend accepted an appointment as a Miller Fellow at the University of California-Berkeley in the Department of Plant and Microbial Biology, where he worked to develop molecular tools, techniques, and analysis methodologies for functional genomics studies with the filamentous fungal model species Neurospora crassa, co-advised by Berkeley fungal evolutionary biologist John Taylor and molecular mycologist Louise Glass. In 2004, he accepted his first appointment as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of Connecticut. In 2006 he was appointed as an Assistant Professor the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Yale University, and in 2013 he was appointed as an Associate Professor of Biostatistics in the Yale School of Public Health.

International Activity

  • Ebolavirus sequence analysis and epidemic modeling
    Sierra Leone(2014)
    Using Ebolavirus genomic and epidemiological data, we are conducting joint analyses of both data types to fit dynamic transmission models for the major Ebolavirus outbreak in Sierra Leone. Our analysis evaluates the degree of underreporting of disease cases, and the degree of social clustering of transmission, important epidemiological parameters that can bias medical demand forecasts.
  • Yaws
    Republic of the Congo(2012)
    Dynamic mathematical modeling predicting treatment necessary for eradication of Yaws
  • Human Hookworm
    Zanzibar, Tanzania(2011)
    Dynamic mathematical modeling evaluating the efficacy of treatment of Human Hookworm Infection
  • Antibiotic resistance
    Tromso, Norway(2010)
    Evaluate trace antibiotics in the environment as an environmental toxin

Education & Training

Brown University (1994)
Harvard University (2002)
Miller Postdoctoral Fellw
University of California, Berkeley, Plant and Microbial Biology (2002 - 2004)

Honors & Recognition

  • Young Investigator's Prize
    American Society of Naturalists (2005)
  • Walter M. Fitch Prize for Best Young Investigator
    Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution (2001)
  • Ph.D. Thesis ranked among the Top Four Life Science Theses
    Council of Graduate Schools (2002)

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