Throughout history, we have witnessed alarming high death tolls derived from infectious diseases around the globe.
One of the deadliest natural disasters in human history was caused by a viral infection, the 1918 flu pandemic, which killed approximately 50 million people.
Infectious diseases are latent threats to humankind - killing annually 16 million people worldwide.
The magnitude of the threat represented by emerging virus diseases is immense, for example, HIV/AIDS characterized in the early 1980s has resulted in more than 30 million deaths from all socio-economic backgrounds.
Furthermore, re-emerging viruses like Ebola in 2014 and Zika in 2016 have baffled us with their threat to humans and health care systems around the globe.
The consequences of epidemics can be devastating, infecting not only thousands of people but also animal populations and the food chain.
Our research group seeks new avenues for holistic understanding against infections and disease transmission at the meeting point of mathematics, infection biology, immunology and epidemiology. In this talk, some examples and open problems of our research will be discussed to welcome collaboration and ideas from our FIAS/FIGSS colleagues.