Office of Research Team Research Forum: Preparing for the Next Pandemic - Office of Research

Team Research Forum: Preparing for the Next Pandemic

Join the Office of Research Friday, April 22nd at 10:30 am for a trans-disciplinary panel discussion about future research needed to address technical and scientific challenges for pandemic preparedness.

This panel brings together specialists working across a range of fields needed to catalyze innovation in rapid identification of pandemic threats through advanced biosensors, field-forward surveillance in remote and rugged settings where spillover is most likely to emerge, and modern information science and data analytics that can advance predictive sciences.

Our aim is to broaden participation of disciplines to accelerate research in predictive intelligence for pandemics to inform preparedness and risk mitigation strategies.


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Panelists Include:

Christine K. Johnson
Director, EpiCenter for Disease Dynamics
EpiCenter for Emerging Infectious Disease Intelligence, NIAID CREID Network
UC Davis

Dr. Johnson’s research looks to understand the impacts of environmental change on health. She has guided surveillance activities at the interface of animal and human health for emerging pandemic threats in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. In particular, she is focused on characterizing fault lines for disease emergence, spillover, and spread. Findings from her research are designed to inform public policy and better prepare for emerging threats.


Cristina Davis
Associate Dean for Research
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
UC Davis

Dr. Davis works at the interface of mechanical design, data analytics, and chemistry. She designs and implements cutting-edge chemical sensor systems to solve real-world problems and enable trace chemical detection in challenging environments. She is working on novel approaches to measure biomarkers of host-response to infection in exhaled breath.


Jonathan Eisen
Department of Evolution and Ecology
Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology
Genome Center
Center for Population Biology 

Dr. Eisen’s research focuses on the origin of novelty, and how new processes and functions originate in living things. To study this, he focuses on sequencing and analyzing genomes of organisms, especially microbes and using phylogenomic analysis.


Zhaodan Kong
Associate Professor
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
UC Davis 

Dr. Kong’s research interests include control theory, machine learning, formal methods, and their applications to autonomous systems, human-automation teaming, cyber-physical systems, and neural engineering.


Pranav Pandit
Research Faculty
EpiCenter for Disease Dynamics
One Health Institute, School of Veterinary Medicine, UC Davis

Dr. Pandit is a veterinary epidemiologist with a research interest in the ecology of emerging infectious diseases. His expertise lies in the mathematical modeling of infectious diseases in wildlife, livestock, and humans and in developing predictive models for disease emergence.


Tierra Smiley Evans
Assistant Research Epidemiologist
One Health Institute
EpiCenter for Disease Dynamics
UC Davis

Dr. Evans’s work focuses on the impacts of global environmental change on human and animal health with an emphasis on the connection between biodiversity loss, climate change, and zoonotic disease emergence.



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