My name is Eugenio Valdano. I am a physicist, and a PhD in Epidemiology and Public Health.
Currently I am a postdoctoral researcher at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) within Professor Sally Blower's group.
My research interests revolve around modeling the spread of infectious diseases on contact and mobility networks. I develop new theoretical frameworks to study the statistical physics of dynamical processes on complex networks. I integrate analytical and data-driven approaches, to get at the same time a generalizable understanding of the spreading process, and develop accurate, context-specific predictions to tackle concrete public health problems. I also design the necessary numerical tools to analyze network datasets, and integrate them into the prediction schemes.
The theoretical frameworks I develop have a diverse range of applications. I am currently focusing on the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the emergence and persistence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in hospital settings, and the spread of livestock diseases driven by cattle trade movements.