We develop innovative research on the spread of pandemics using mathematical models. In March 2020, during the early phases of the Covid-19 pandemic, Piccoli’s lab partnered with the Senator Walter Rand Institute for Public Affairs at Rutgers University – Camden to determine the possible impact on New Jersey in terms of hospital bed shortage. A study was published online with predictions depending on the adopted measures for all counties of New Jersey, and it was cited by Governor Murphy. The research developed in many directions including optimize non-pharmaceutical intervention, modeling virus mutations, vaccine scheduling and others. Currently we are working at extensions to Dengue, Tuberculosis, and HPV.

Requirements:Minimum GPA 3.0. Courses needed: Calc sequence. Preferred: linear algebra, differential equations. It would be helpful, but not required, familiarity with using codes in Matlab/Python.

Keywords/Areas of Study: mathematical modeling, compartmental models

Hourly Time Commitment (per week): No fewer than 5 hours weekly, and no more than 10 hours weekly.

Length of Commitment: 2 semesters

Start Date: Ongoing

Modality: Online

Type of Opportunity: 

  • Paid (e.g., Federal Work Study, funded research assistant)

Contact Faculty Lead:
Benedetto Piccoli Ph.D.
Department of Mathematics
Contact: piccoli@camden.rutgers.edu
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