Wan Yang

Wan Yang

Wan Yang

Assistant Professor


722 West 168th Street, Room 520
New York NY 10032
(212) 305-0421
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Dr. Wan Yang is trained as an environmental engineer and infectious disease modeler, with further expertise in statistics, epidemiology, and computer science. Broadly, Dr. Yang is interested in understanding how infectious diseases spread through the population, as well as methods to model and predict these epidemics. Her recent work applies mathematical modeling and Bayesian inference methods to study the transmission dynamics of infectious diseases such as influenza, Ebola, and measles. She is also developing forecast systems to predict outbreaks of infectious diseases. In addition, she studies how environmental factors influence the transmission of influenza, its seasonality, and the underlying mechanisms.



PhD, 2012, Virginia Tech
MS, 2009, Tsinghua University
BS, 2006, South China University of Technology

Areas of Expertise

Bayesian Methods, Epidemics, Infectious Disease

Select Publications

Yang W, Olson DR, Shaman J. 2016 Forecasting influenza outbreaks in boroughs and neighborhoods of New York City. PLoS Computational Biology 12(11): e1005201. doi:10.1371/journal. pcbi.1005201
Nguyen J, Yang W, Ito K, Matte T, Shaman J, Kinney P. 2016. Seasonal influenza infections and cardiovascular disease mortality. JAMA Cardiology. 1(3):274-81.
Yang W, Zhang W, Kargbo D, Yang R, Chen Y, Chen Z, Kamara A, Kargbo B, Kandula S, Karspeck A, Liu C, Shaman J. 2015. Transmission network of the 2014-2015Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone. Journal of the Royal Society Interface. Published 11 November 2015. DOI: 10.1098/rsif.2015.0536.
Yang W, Cowling BJ, Lau EHY, Shaman J. 2015. Forecasting influenza epidemics in Hong Kong. PLoS Computational Biology 11: e1004383.
Yang W, Lipsitch M, Shaman J. 2015. Inference of seasonal and pandemic influenza transmission dynamics. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 112: 2723-2728.
Lofgren E, Halloran ME, Rivers CM, Drake JM, Porco TC, Lewis B, Yang W, Vespignani A, Shaman J, Eisenberg JNS, Eisenberg MC, Marathe M, Scarpino SV, Alexander KA, Meza R, Ferrari MJ, Hyman JM, Meyers LA, Eubank S. 2014. Opinion:Mathematical models: A key tool for outbreak response. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 111: 18095-18096.
Shaman J, Yang W, Kandula S. 2014. Inference and forecast of the current West African Ebola outbreak in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. PLoS Currents Outbreaks. 2014 Oct 28. Edition 1. doi: 10.1371/currents.outbreaks.3408774290b1a0f2dd7cae877c8b8ff6.
Yang W, Karspeck A, Shaman J. 2014. Comparison of filtering methods for the modeling and retrospective forecasting of influenza epidemics. PLoS Computational Biology 10: e1003583
Yang W, Petkova E, Shaman J. 2014. The 1918 influenza pandemic in New York City: age-specific timing, mortality, and transmission dynamics. Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses 8: 177-188.
Shaman J, Karspeck A, Yang W, Tamerius J, Lipsitch M. 2013. Real-time influenza forecasts during the 2012-2013 season. Nature Communications 4: 2837.

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