Lauren White

Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Lauren White is a quantitative disease ecologist and epidemiologist interested in understanding how individual differences in physiology and behavior, particularly individual movement, affect disease modeling predictions. She is broadly interested in One Health—the intersection of human, animal, and environmental health—and its implications for the spread of disease. The goal of her research program is to characterize how three different types of heterogeneity can alter individual infectiousness in domestic animal and wildlife populations: (1) host heterogeneity: variation in host behavior and susceptibility; (2) contact heterogeneity: sociality that affects community structure within populations; and (3) spatial heterogeneity: patchiness in resource and host density across a landscape. Currently, Lauren is serving as an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Office of HIV/AIDS. Prior to that, Lauren was a postdoctoral research fellow at SESYNC from 2018-2020. Lauren received her PhD in 2018 from the University of Minnesota in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior, and she completed her BS in Biomedical Engineering and BA in Spanish in 2012 at the University of Virginia.

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2018 - 2020
Areas of Expertise
disease ecology
movement ecology
animal behavior
Research Interests
contact heterogeneity
disease-behavior feedbacks
infectious disease
One Health
Methods of Expertise
Dynamic modeling
contact networks
individual-based modeling