Parastu Kasaie, PhD, MS
My research interests lie at the intersection of operations research, epidemiology and data science. Specifically, I'm interested in development and analysis of computer simulation models of infectious disease epidemics in human populations, and implications of these models for public health policy making. I have applied these models to study of Tuberculosis (TB) and HIV/AIDS epidemics, focusing on derivers of transmissions, confection of multiple infectious diseases, and patterns of aging and comorbidities among others. Calibrated against epidemiological data, these simulation models provide a powerful tool to explain the current trends in data, predict future trends under various assumptions and compare the impact of alternative interventions for prevention and control of disease. I am currently funded on a K01 career development grant from NIH focusing on studying the epidemic of HIV/AIDS and other Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) among Men who have Sex with Men (MSM) in Baltimore City. I am a member of JHU Center For AIDS Research (CFAR) and the JHU Center For Tuberculosis Research.