Our guest today, Justin Lessler, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins Medical School. His online biography lists three of his academic specialities: collecting data, studying the dynamics of infectious diseases and using them to refine public health practices to control contagion.
If that isn’t explanation enough for Lessler’s prominence in American discussions of how to mitigate the global pandemic of the Coronavirus known as COVID-19, there is also the work he’s done on how influenza spread through southern China and how vaccines helped control measles and cholera.
Justin Lessler teaches in the Department of Epidemiology at the Gillings School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The major focus of his research is the development and application of statistics, dynamic models and novel study designs to better understand and control infectious disease. In particular, he am interested in creating synergies between infection control practice, data collection and infectious disease dynamics. His current research projects include work on the transmission dynamics of influenza in southern China, and the most effective use of vaccine in the control of measles and cholera. He is a member of the Infectious Disease Dynamics group.