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Emory Rollins School of Public Health

Samuel  Jenness

Assistant Professor

Faculty, Epidemiology

I am an infectious disease epidemiologist specializing in mathematical and computational approaches for investigating epidemic dynamics. I lead the EpiModel Research Lab at Emory and collaborate on many research studies that develop infectious disease modeling methods and applications.

Our methodological research focuses on the development and maintanence of our open-souce software tool for epidemic modeling, EpiModel, which allows users to build, simulate, and analyze complex mechanistic models for transmission of arbitrarily defined infectious disease systems. EpiModel provides a powerful toolkit for modeling dynamic contact networks that are often fundamental for representing transmission of diseases requiring direct contact.

My applied research focuses on HIV and sexually transmitted infections in both the United States and Sub-Saharan Africa. I am interested in how we can use modeling to understand the drivers of these diseases, and to design and evaluate highly effective prevention strategies. Recent applications have used models to simulate the co-circulation of multiple interacting pathogens within the same population, since the risk factors for acquiring one disease may depend on the epidemic dynamics of other infections transmitted along the same contact network.

More broadly, the work of my lab involves addressing these questions with research in the following research domains: HIV & STI epidemiology; Mathematical modeling of infectious disease; Social & sexual network analysis; Causal inference methods for epidemiology; Survey research design and analysis; and Computer science & computational epidemiology. I actively support and mentor PhD students, post-docs, and research staff who work with me in these areas.

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Contact Information

Rollins School of Public Health

Atlanta , GA 30322

Phone: 404-727-0149



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Areas of Interest

  • Bayesian Analysis
  • High Performance Computing
  • HIV/AIDS Prevention
  • Infectious Disease
  • Infectious Disease Dynamics
  • Modeling
  • Network Science
  • Research Methods
  • Sexual Health/Behavior
  • Social Epidemiology


  • PhD 2015, University of Washington
  • MPH 2005, Boston University
  • BA 2002, Boston University

Courses Taught

  • EPI 570: Infectious Disease Dynamics