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Kasia Pawelek, PhD, University of South Carolina Beaufort

PROJECT TITLE: Mathematical Modeling of Influenza and West Nile Virus

Each year humans are infected with seasonal and pandemic strains of influenza with many strains causing high morbidity and mortality among populations. This project uses mathematics to provide valuable information on the spread and control of infectious diseases including influenza. Pawelek’s main projects involve modeling infectious diseases caused by influenza and West Nile viruses. Her research focuses on providing a better understanding the complex process infection and the use of control strategies. Dr. Pawelek's research has led to numerous invited research visits and collaborations with interdisciplinary groups world-wide. Advances in Dr. Pawelek's lab include mathematical modeling of complex infectious diseases for management of Influenza and West Nile Virus.

Funds from SC INBRE Developmental Research Project Program have enabled undergraduate student research experience, Magellan Scholarships and awards for student research, and support for invaluable modeling of infectious diseases.

Pawelek is also the adviser of USCB's Mathematical Modeling Research Group which offers students valuable opportunities for undergraduate research in their major area. Dr. Pawelek's students routinely receive top awards for research, competitive scholarships and authorship on publications in peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Pawelek is an advocate for research by under-represented minorities in mathematics and science.

Publications and Presentations

  • Kasia A. Pawelek, Sarah Tobin, Christopher Griffin, Dominik Ochocinski, Elissa J. Schwartz, Sara Y. Del Valle. Impact of A Waning Vaccine and Altered Behavior on the Spread of Influenza. AIMS Medical Science, 2017, 4(2): 217-232. doi: 10.3934/medsci.2017.2.217 (INBRE grant was acknowledged for funding. Also two co-authors Sarah Tobin and Christopher Griffin were supported by that grant.)
  • Dr. Pawelek has also given a talk that included mathematical modeling of infections caused by influenza at the Instituto de Ciencias Ómicas y Biotecnología Aplicada, PONTIFICIA UNIVERSIDAD CATOLICA DEL PERU in Lima, Peru in May 2017

March 2, 2018