ColoradoSPH COVID-19 Modeling Group


The Colorado School of Public Health COVID-19 Modeling Group has been working together since March 2020, in response to the need for modeling of Colorado’s COVID-19 pandemic. The team includes researchers from the Colorado School of Public Health, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, CU Boulder, CU Denver and Colorado State University. The team is broad-based scientifically and includes epidemiologists, statistical modelers, social scientists, economists, and health policy experts. In the months since March, the epidemic models developed by the COVID-19 Modeling Group have proved valuable in guiding approaches for epidemic control in the state of Colorado.


Coordination, management, and communications


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Jonathan M. Samet, MD, MS
Dean, Colorado School of Public Health. Dr. Samet, a pulmonary physician and epidemiologist, leads the team.

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Meghan Buran, MPH
Senior Professional Research Assistant. Ms. Buran works with Dr. Samet in supporting the ColoradoSPH team.


Data and analytics: Healthcare and public health system capacity


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Richard Lindrooth, PhD
Professor, Department of Health Systems, Management & Policy, ColoradoSPH. Dr. Lindrooth, a health economist brings deep understanding of the relevant health care databases in Colorado.

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Glen Mays, PhD
Professor and Chair, Department of Health Systems, Management & Policy, ColoradoSPH. Dr. Mays, who works on health policy, has particular expertise in emergency preparedness.

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Tatiane Santos, PhD, MPH
Department of Health Systems, Management & Policy, ColoradoSPH; Department of Health Care Management, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Santos, a population health scientist, leads the development of this website including data curation, visualization and analytics. She also leads the Stakeholder Advisory Group.


Modeling team


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Jimi Adams, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Health Behavioral Science, University of Colorado Denver. Dr. Adams has expertise in social networks and mixing.

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Sabina Altus
Doctoral Candidate, Department of Applied Mathematics, University of Colorado Boulder. Sabina is trained in mathematical biology, specifically in developing mathematical models which characterize the influence of population structure on growth dynamics

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Jude Bayham, PhD
Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics, Colorado State University. Dr. Bayham’s research focuses on wildfire management in the wildland urban interface, the impact of human behavior on infectious disease management, and natural capital valuation.

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David Bortz, PhDs
Associate Professor in Applied Mathematics, University of Colorado Boulder. Dr. Bortz brings extensive experience and expertise in mathematical modeling, including the modeling of epidemics.

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Andrea Buchwald, PhD
Research Associate, Center for Innovative Design & Analysis, ColoradoSPH. Dr. Buchwald is trained in infectious disease epidemiology and bring expertise in infectious disease modeling.

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Elizabeth Carlton, PhD, MPH
Associate Professor, Department of Environmental & Occupational Health, ColoradoSPH. Dr. Carlton is trained in environmental health sciences and epidemiology, and uses modeling to explore the effects of the environment on infectious diseases.

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Katie Colborn, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery, CU School of Medicine; Department of Biostatistics & Informatics, ColoradoSPH. Dr. Colborn is trained in biostatistics and infectious disease modeling.

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Debashis Ghosh, PhD
Professor and Chair, Department of Biostatistics and Informaticss, ColoradoSPH. Dr. Ghosh is a biostatistician who is interested in fusion of data from diverse sources, time series and causal inference.

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Irina Kasarskis, MPH
DrPH Student, Department of Epidemiology, ColoradoSPH. Irina previously worked as an epidemiologist for the State of Oregon. She has an interest in infectious disease epidemiology.

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Laura E Timm, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics, Computational Biosciences Program, University of Colorado. Dr. Timm is a computational biologist trained in population genetics and evolution.

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Emily Wu
MS Student, Department of Epidemiology, ColoradoSPH. Emily is trained in quantitative analysis using statistical software and is interested in a career in the detection and modeling of emerging infectious diseases.