Joshua Macdonald
Joshua Macdonald

Research Assistant and PhD Candidate




I am a PhD candidate and research assistant in the Math department at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. My research is at the interface of mathematics and biology. Broadly speaking my biological interests encompass population dynamics under disturbance. I both develop and analyze models using dynamical systems theory and confront them with data. Concretely these biological interests span disease and ecological modeling and their intersection. Mathematically I approach these subjects from the perspective of one of several problem dependent frameworks: multi-scale and multi-physics models,stochastic models, ODE, PDE, and DDE models, and combinations thereof. When confronting my models with data I make use of techniques from optimization theory, uncertainty quantification, and numerical linear algebra

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Prefer not to disclose

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Research/Topics of Interest

Apply models to public health
Between-host modeling
Compartmental models
Intra-host modeling
Outbreak science
Phylogenetic models
Public health application of models
Public health policy/interventions
Time-series models

Pathogens/Diseases of Main Interest/Expertise

Neglected tropical diseases
Respiratory diseases
Vaccine-preventable diseases
Vector-borne diseases

Countries of Work/Collaboration

United States
United Kingdom



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