Dr. Amy Wesolowski, an assistant professor in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Department of Epidemiology, is the recipient of a 2018 NIH New Innovator Award. The award is part of the NIH Director’s awards for High-Risk, High-Reward Research program.
The NIH Director’s New Innovator Award, established in 2007, supports unusually innovative research from early career investigators who are within 10 years of their final degree or clinical residency and have not yet received a research project grant or equivalent NIH grant.
Dr. Wesolowski’s research focuses on using novel data sets to understand the role of human travel on the spatial spread of infectious diseases. In particular, her research uses data generated from mobile phone calling records to quantify travel patterns across Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. These travel patterns are then directly related to spatial disease transmission for a range of pathogens including malaria, rubella, dengue, and measles. Previously, she was a postdoctoral fellow in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Princeton University and at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
Her project description can be found here: Disease Emergence and Elimination: Using Mobility Data to Inform Spatial Disease Dynamics.