Howard (Howie) Weiss
I am a Biomathematican and Professor in the School of Mathematics at Georgia Tech. I am also an Adjunct Professor of Biology and of Public Health at Emory University. Some of our current research interests include (1) microbial population and evolutionary dynamics (especially in physically structured environments), (2) strategies to combat antibiotic resistance, 3) microbiome assembly, dynamics, and stability, and (4) transmission of respiratory infections.
I am the PI of the Boeing-sponsored FlyHealthy™ research study whose goal is to under- stand the rates and routes of transmission of infectious diseases in an airplane cabin during flight and to find strategies to mitigate transmission. FlyHealthy™ is a collaboration between Georgia Tech and The Rollin’s School of Public Health at Emory University, with assistance from the J. Craig Venter Institute, Delta Airlines, and the CDC. Our first manuscript recently appeared in PNAS and our second manuscript (on the airplane cabin microbiome) recently appeared in Microbial Ecology.
In recent years I have taught courses in Virus Dynamics, Population Genetics, Dynamics and Bifurcations, Differential Equations, Advanced Linear Algebra, and Stochastic Processes.
I received my PhD at the University of Maryland, completed two Postdocs at Caltech, rose through the ranks at Penn State, and then moved to Georgia Tech.
Behaviors, movements, and transmission of droplet-mediated respiratory diseases during transcontinental airline flights
(from NPR show Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!)