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Pitzer Lab

  • Virginia Pitzer

    Associate Professor of Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases)

    Research Interests
    • Ecology
    • Immunization
    • Paratyphoid Fever
    • Rotavirus
    • Typhoid Fever
    • Global Health

    Virginia Pitzer, joined the Yale School of Public Health as an assistant professor in 2012. She earned her Sc.D. in Epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health in 2007, and was a postdoctoral research fellow at Princeton (Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology) and a postdoctoral fellow in the Research and Policy for Infectious Disease Dynamics (RAPIDD) program at the Fogarty International Center of the National Institutes of Health prior to coming to Yale.

    Pitzer’s work focuses on mathematical modeling of the transmission dynamics of imperfectly immunizing infections and how interventions such as vaccination, improved treatment of cases, and improvements in sanitation affect disease transmission at the population level. Her primary research is in rotavirus, (one of the leading causes of severe diarrhea in children in developed and developing countries) for which two new vaccines have been recently introduced. She is also interested in the spatiotemporal dynamics of respiratory syncytial virus and evaluating control options for typhoid fever. Her paper Demographic Variability, Vaccination, and the Spatiotemporal Dynamics of Rotavirus Epidemics appeared in Science magazine in 2009.

  • Marina Antillon

    PhD candidate

    I am a graduate student in the department of Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases. I received an AB from the University of Chicago in Environmental Studies and a minor in Statistics. In the Pitzer lab, I am focusing on the cost-effectiveness of vaccine interventions to address the burden of typhoid fever in GAVI-eligible countries.

  • PhD Candidate

    I am a PhD student in the department of Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases, working in the Pitzer and Weinberger labs to model intra- and inter-host competition among Streptococcus pneumoniae serotypes. I came to Yale after receiving a BA First Class Honours in Geography at McGill University.