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Lauren Ancel Meyers

Meyers, Lauren Ancel



Main Office: PAT 656 Phone: (512) 471-4950

Alternate Office: PAT 650 Phone: (512) 471-0877

Mailing Address:
The University of Texas at Austin - Integrative Biology
1 University Station C0990

Austin,TX 78712-1095

Research Lab Members:
  • Caillaud, Damien
  • Hladish, Tom
  • O'Dea, Eamon
  • Pierce, Kelly
  • Scarpino, Samuel

  • Research Summary:
    The Meyers lab works on problems at the interface of evolution and epidemiology. We are simultaneously pursuing projects in two areas. They are applying network theory, agent-based simulation, and other quantitative tools to study the interplay between infectious disease transmission dynamics and the evolution of pathogens. In May 2003, Meyers began collaborating with researchers at the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control to develop mathematical models of the transmission of SARS coronovirus, and to use these models to predict its spread and determine effective interventions strategies in urban settings and hospitals, as well as across larger geographic scales. This work has led them to make important innovations in mathematical epidemiology that can be applied to the prediction and control of a wide range of respiratory pathogens, as described in numerous publications. It has also led to several projects on modeling human and wildlife diseases now funded by grants from NSF, NIH, the James F. McDonnell Foundation and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). Since May 2007, the Meyers lab has been working closely with policymakers at the CDC and Texas DSHS to forecast the spread of 2009 Pandemic (H1N1) influenza and develop effective intervention strategies. The Meyers lab also uses computational and bioinformatics tools to study the evolution of RNA, one of the building blocks of life, and a key molecule used in reconstructing evolutionary history. They have written several papers on the impacts of mutation on RNA evolutionary dynamics which provide new insight into long-standing evolutionary questions.

    2011 Volz, E.M., J.C.Miller, A.P. Galvani, L.A. Meyers, Effects of Heterogeneous and Clustered Contact Patterns on Infectious Disease Dynamics, PLoS Computational Biology 7: e1001062
    2011 Cornforth, D., T. Reluga, A. Galvani, C. Bauch, E. Shim, L.A. Meyers , Erratic flu vaccination emerges from short-sighted behaviour in contact networks, PLoS Computational BIology 7: e1001062
    2011 Dimitrov, N., S. Goll, N. Hupert, B. Pourbohloul, L.A. Meyers, Optimizing Tactics for use of the U.S. Antiviral Strategic National Stockpile for Pandemic Influenza, PLoS ONE 6: e16094
    2009 Craft, M.E., E. Volz, C. Packer, L.A. Meyers, Distinguishing epidemic waves from disease spillover in a wildlife population, Journal of the Royal Society B 276: 1777-1785
    2007 Cowperthwaite, M., L.A. Meyers, How mutational networks shape evolution: Lessons from RNA models, Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics 38: 203-230
    2007 Volz, E., L.A. Meyers, Susceptible–infected–recovered epidemics in dynamic contact networks, Proc Biol Sci 274: 2925-33
    2006 Bansal, S., B. Pourbohloul, L.A. Meyers, A comparative analysis of influenza vaccination programs, PLoS Medicine 3: e387
    2005 Meyers, L.A., F. Ancel, M. Lachmann, Evolution of genetic potential, PLoS Computational Biology 1: 236-243
    2005 Meyers, L.A., B. Pourbohloul, M.E.J. Newman, D.M. Skowronski, R.C. Brunham , Network theory and SARS: Predicting outbreak diversity, Journal of Theoretical Biology 232: 71-81