The Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation recognizes Achla Marathe, a professor of agricultural and applied economics with the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the Biocomplexity Institute of Virginia Tech, for her work modeling and simulating social behavior.
With colleagues she is proceeding on a $1.75 million, five-year research grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health to incorporate social behavior into mathematical models of infectious disease transmission dynamics, with a focus on influenza-type illnesses.
The project seeks to understand how individual behavior, disease dynamics, and interventions interrelate across multiple scales through detailed simulations with the goal of achieving measurable, significant differences in current public health practices.
Marathe has a wide-ranging research program that focuses on modeling and simulation of socio-economic systems; economics of epidemiology and health behavior; and wireless spectrum markets and electricity markets.
Currently she is working on a National Science Foundation-supported project, “Interface between Computer Science and Economics & Social Sciences: The Role of Space, Time, and Information In Controlling Epidemics.
Others include the Early Model-based Event Recognition using Surrogates (EMBERS) project, the Novel Methods and Software Systems for Inference and Modeling of Behavior for Epidemic Surveillance, Planning and Response project, the Systems Analysis of Social Pathways of Epidemics to Reduce Health Disparities project, and Data Science for Modeling, Understanding, and Advancing Urban Populations project.
Marathe received a doctoral degree and a master’s degree in economics from the University at Albany, State University of New York, and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Delhi University, India.