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Virginia Pitzer, ScD

Associate Professor of Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases); Affiliated Faculty, Yale Institute for Global Health

Virginia Pitzer ScD is Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases at Yale School of Public Health. Her research focuses on mathematical modeling of the transmission dynamics of infectious diseases, including rotavirus, respiratory syncytial virus, and typhoid fever. She studies how interventions such as vaccination, improved treatment of cases, and improvements in sanitation affect disease transmission at the population level. During the COVID-19 pandemic, she has worked on examining how changes in testing practices affect estimates of coronavirus transmission; estimating incidence of SARS-CoV-2 infections from observed cases and deaths (; and determining the impact of vaccination on household transmission. She is a member of the World Health Organization’s Immunization and Vaccine-related Implementation Research Advisory Committee and Deputy Editor-in-Chief of PLoS Computational Biology.