Raffaele Vardavas

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Mathematician; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Santa Monica Office

Education

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

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Overview

Raffaele Vardavas is a senior-level mathematician at the RAND Corporation and a Pardee RAND Graduate School faculty member. His expertise is primarily in constructing and analyzing epidemic models for spreading infectious disease using both deterministic and stochastic methods and using both 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. Vardavas holds a Ph.D. and M.Sci. in Physics from Imperial College London.

Recent Projects

  • Modeling the Coupled Dynamics of Influenza Transmission and Vaccination
  • Agent-Based Model of the Role of Perceptions in Income Tax Evasion
  • International Alcohol Policy Model
  • Microsimulation of Obesity Policies
  • Market Creation as a Policy Tool for Transformational Change

Languages

Italian

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