Alison Galvani named the Burnett and Stender Families Professor of Public Health

Alison P. Galvani, newly named as the Burnett and Stender Families Professor of Public Health, focuses her research on applications of epidemiology and evolutionary ecology in the study of numerous diseases.

At 38 years, she is the youngest faculty member ever appointed to a named professorship in the history of the Yale School of Medicine.

“An endowed chair is one of Yale’s highest honors and a wonderful affirmation of the important research that Alison has done, and continues to do,” said Paul Cleary, dean of the Yale School of Public Health. “This chair, which is the first new chair at YSPH in almost 50 years, will ensure support for important research on infectious diseases in perpetuity.”

Galvani, who is director of the newly formed Center for Infectious Disease Modeling and Analysis (CIDMA), has interdisciplinary and wide-ranging research interests. She has published over 135 articles in journals including Science, Nature, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and The Lancet. Her research, in turn, has stimulated many important studies and subsequent articles by others, as well as improved national and international public health policies.

In 2014, Galvani and members of her team at CIDMA published a series of papers in quick succession on the unfolding Ebola outbreak in western Africa. The papers addressed strategies for containing the outbreak and preventing further death. Her research in collaboration with the Liberian Ministry of Health and Social Welfare guided policy decisions and included the design of technologies that were instrumental to ending the outbreak.

Galvani has received numerous awards, including The Blavatnik Award for Young Scientists from the New York Academy of Sciences (2013), The Bellman Prize (2013), a fellowship from Institute for Advanced Studies in Berlin (2007), the MacMillan Award (2007), the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Award (2006), and the American Society of Naturalists Young Investigator Prize (2005).