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Dr. Babak Pourbohloul

Director, Mathematical Modeling, UBCCDC; Associate Professor, School of Population and Public Health, UBC

Dr. Pourbohloul is the Director of Division of Mathematical Modeling at UBCCDC, an Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia School of Population and Public Health, and a Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Senior Scholar. In addition, he was named the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Pandemic Outbreak Team Leader in Mathematical Modeling in 2009 and currently serves as the Chair of the CIHR-funded Canadian Consortium for Pandemic Preparedness Modeling (CanPan), the latter of which is a national mathematical modeling network formed to develop optimal prevention and control strategies for infectious disease outbreaks in support of public health policy decision making.

Dr. Pourbohloul received his Ph.D. in theoretical physics (Nonlinear Dynamics, Complex Systems and Chaos Theory) from Laval University, Québec, Canada and conducted postdoctoral research at the Institut national de santé publique du Québec.

Dr. Pourbohloul's research interests center on modeling the transmission dynamics of infectious diseases and the impact of different control strategies on disease dynamics for designing optimal public health policy. He applies mathematical and physical theories and computer simulation to the study and control of respiratory-borne, sexually-transmitted, blood-borne, vector-borne and water-borne communicable diseases to address the relevant public health questions.

For more information about the UBC Division of Mathematical Modeling, please visit their website.

Selected Publications:
Tuite AR, Greer AL, Whelan M, Winter AL, Lee B, Yan P, Wu J, Moghadas S, Buckeridge D, Pourbohloul B, Fisman DN. Estimated epidemiologic parameters and morbidity associated with pandemic H1N1 influenza. CMAJ. 2010 Feb 9;182(2):131-6.

Bansal S, Pourbohloul B, Hupert N, Grenfell B, Meyers LA. The shifting demographic landscape of pandemic influenza. PLoS One. 2010 Feb 26;5(2):e9360.

Miller JC, Davoudi B, Meza R, Slim AC, Pourbohloul B. Epidemics with general generation interval distributions. J Theor Biol. 2010 Jan 7; 262(1):107-15.

Pourbohloul B, Ahued A, Davoudi B, Meza R, Meyers LA, Skowronski DM, Villaseñor I, Galván F, Cravioto P, Earn DJ, Dushoff J, Fisman D, Edmunds WJ, Hupert N, Scarpino SV, Trujillo J, Lutzow M, Morales J, Contreras A, Chávez C, Patrick DM, Brunham RC. Initial human transmission dynamics of the pandemic (H1N1) 2009 virus in North America. Influenza Other Respi Viruses. 2009 Sept; 3(5):215-22.  

Allard A, Noël PA, Dubé LJ, Pourbohloul B. Heterogeneous bond percolation on multitype networks with an application to epidemic dynamics. Phys Rev E. 2009 Mar; 79:036113.  
Last Updated: March 5, 2015