Raffaele Vardavas

Raffaele Vardavas
Mathematician; Professor of Policy Analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School


M.Sci. and Ph.D. in physics, Imperial College London

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Raffaele (Raff) Vardavas is a senior-level mathematician at RAND and serves as a professor of policy analysis at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. His expertise lies in the development and analysis of epidemic models for the transmission of infectious diseases, employing both deterministic and stochastic methodologies and using population-level and agent-based models. He is especially interested in socioeconomic dynamical systems involving a contagion process, social networks, criticality, and entities with adaptable behavior. He has been PI on NSF-funded grants, NIH-funded R21 and R01 grants, and has served on review panels for influenza and COVID-19–related R01 and center grant proposals for NIAID. He has been part of a technical advisory group on integrated epidemiological and economic models of COVID-19 for the WHO. Before joining RAND, Vardavas served as a postdoctoral researcher in applied mathematics at UCLA. He holds a Ph.D. and M.Sci. in physics from Imperial College London.