Sarah Vo will receive her BS in Biology from Penn State (Shreyer Honors College) in Spring 2021. She joined the lab in Spring 2020 and is working to complete her undergraduate thesis. Her research is focused on generating estimates for the efficacy of artemisinin combination therapies on different genotypes of Plasmodium falciparum..
Haojun Li will receive his BS in Computer Science in 2021 from Pennsylvania State University. Haojun joined the lab in Spring 2020 and is working under the supervision of Dr Robert Zupko on improving the functionality and user-friendliness of the spatial/ArcGIS database that underlies our malaria simulation.
Alexis Delabouglise was a postdoc in our lab from February 2017 to August 2019. Alexis worked on both theory and data in the economic epidemiology of avian influenza outbreaks. His game theory work showed that vaccination and depopulation behavior can fix in animal disease systems as a means of infection control; depopulation is not allowed in human disease systems and vaccination behavior cannot fix through private market incentives alone. Alexis also analyzed flock-level data (N=1087 flocks) from >50 farms in Vietnam, and was able to show that farmers do indeed depopulate their farms early when outbreaks are occurring. Alexis is currently a researcher and health economist at CIRAD in Montpellier.
Zhewen Li (Eric) received his BS in Computer Science in 2020 from the Pennsylvania State University. Eric joined the Boni Lab in Spring 2019, and focused on making computational advances in an individual-based epidemiological microsimulation to generate long-term forecasts for drug-resistance evolution in malaria. Using this model Eric evaluated what kinds of population-level treatment strategies generated the most/least risk in terms of generating novel multi-drug resistant genotypes. Eric started a Masters program at Cornell Tech in Health Technology in Fall 2020.