Assistant Professor of Biology
Marcel Salathé, PhD is an assistant professor of biology at the Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics. A Branco Weiss Society in Science fellow, he studies how social networks affect the spread and control of infectious diseases. After receiving his PhD from the ETH in Zürich, Switzerland, he spent two years as a postdoctoral research fellow at Stanford University where he studied the effect of human contact network structure on infectious disease spread. His research group currently uses complex systems models, wireless sensor network technology and large-scale data sets from online social media sites to analyze the spread of disease and health behaviors on social networks. His group's main goal is to measure and improve health outcomes with basic research, mobile technology and social media. His research program includes scholarly work, education, app development (such as crowdbreaks.com and plantvillage.com) and service to the community. The way he develops his research program is rooted in four observations (in no particular order of priority).