标题: Assistant Professor of Biostatistics
College/Institute: College of Medicine, College of Public Health and Health Professions
Research interests: Ebola, Zika, vaccine trials, biostatistics
Curriculum vitae: PDF格式
Hobbies: Cooking, Zumba, Travel
Dr. Natalie Dean is a biostatistician specializing in the statistical analysis of infectious disease outbreaks such as Ebola, Zika and HIV. Her affiliation with the University of Florida Emerging Pathogens Institute began in 2014, while working as a postdoctoral appointee in Prof. Ira Longini’s research group. She is now an assistant professor of biostatistics at the University of Florida.
Prior to her work with Longini, Dean was an external statistical consultant for the World Health Organization’s HIV department. During this time she designed surveys aimed at estimating the prevalence of drug resistance mutations to HIV medications. This work expanded upon her dissertation research on HIV surveillance, including using viral genetic data to try to establish how recently an individual was
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In response to concerns that prenatal Zika infections could cause microcephaly, Dean played an integral part in the Longini group’s efforts to create projections regarding the spread of the infection throughout Central and South America and the Caribbean. She helped design, map, and analyze data on Zika infections in order to understand past and potential future spread of the Zika virus.
Dean’s research interests include studying methods and designs for vaccine trials that aim to address infectious disease threats. Dean and Longini are closely involved in the World Health Organization’s research and development Blueprint for action to prevent epidemics. This work includes planning how to evaluate vaccines for several prioritized diseases likely to cause public health emergencies, including Ebola, Zika, Lassa fever, Nipah, and MERS. This work involves the development of innovative study methods that are sufficiently feasible and flexible to be used in epidemics, but that are rigorous enough to support licensure decisions.
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