Wilbert Van Panhuis, MD PhD

Assistant Professor, Epidemiology

Assistant Professor, Biomedical Informatics

Affiliated Faculty, Public Health Dynamics Lab


A737 Public Health
R-znvy: jni65@cvgg.rqh
Primary Phone: 967-179-2148
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Personal Statement

I am an infectious disease epidemiologist with training in Medicine (Amsterdam) and Global Disease Epidemiology (Johns Hopkins). I am Assistant Professor in the Departments of Epidemiology and Biomedical Informatics. My research in the fields of computational epidemiology and population health informatics aims to improve the efficient use of information for public health action. In particular, I use large-scale public health data to study the spatial spread of infectious diseases, using statistical and agent-based simulation models. Currently, my main focus is on vector borne diseases (dengue and Chikungunya) in Latin America and Southeast Asia, and on vaccine preventable diseases in the US and EU (NEJM, PNAS, NIH Director's Blog). I am the lead scientist of Project Tycho that provides open access to integrated global disease data (NEJM, New York Times, Wall Street Journal). In addition, I am funded by the US NIH Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) program to use Big Data approaches to improve access and integration of public health data for research and policy. I am also Project-PI of the NIH funded Models of Infectious Disease Agents Study (MIDAS) and of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Vaccine Modeling Initiative (VMI).


2004 | Free University Medical Center, Amsterdam, Netherlands| MD
2009 | Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD | PhD
2010 | Phi Beta Kappa


EPID 2163 Global Epidemiology of Vaccines and Vaccination (primary instructor). 

EPID 2160 Infectious Disease Epidemiology (guest lecturer).

BIOINF 2011 Foundations of Clinical and Public Health Informatics (guest lecturer).

I  mentor numerous students at the undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate levels. Feel free to contact me if you are interested in working together!. 

Currently Funded Projects

2015-Present: NIH Big Data to Knowledge Career Development Award (PI). Data integration for global population health through dynamic models. Standardizing and integrating heterogeneous public health data through epidemic simulators.


2014-Present: Models of Infectious Disease Agent Study National Center of Excellence (co-PI). Study of surveillance data systems and decision making for disease control through computer modeling and simulation.

2014-Present: Public Health Dynamics Laboratory International Fellows Program (co-investigator). Building partnerships with academic institutions and health agencies in low- and middle income countries to advance the use of public health data for modeling and decision making.


2009 – Present: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Vaccine Modeling Initiative (co-investigator). Using disease data and computational modeling to study the public health impact of vaccination strategies.

Selected Publications

Brownwright T, Dodson Z, Van Panhuis WG. Spatial clustering of measles vaccination coverage among children in Sub-Saharan Africa BMC Public Health 2017 Dec 15;17(1):957. doi: 10.1186/s12889-017-4961-9


Region-wide synchrony and traveling waves of dengue across eight countries in Southeast Asia.van Panhuis WG, Choisy M, Xiong X, Chok NS, Akarasewi P, Iamsirithaworn S, Lam SK, Chong CK, Lam FC, Phommasak B, Vongphrachanh P, Bouaphanh K, Rekol H, Hien NT, Thai PQ, Duong TN, Chuang JH, Liu YL, Ng LC, Shi Y, Tayag EA, Roque VG Jr, Lee Suy LL, Jarman RG, Gibbons RV, Velasco JM, Yoon IK, Burke DS, Cummings DA. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2015 Oct 20;112(42):13069-74.


The availability and consistency of dengue surveillance data provided online by the World Health Organization.Ruberto I, Marques E, Burke DS, Van Panhuis WG. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2015 Apr 14;9(4):e0003511.


A systematic review of barriers to data sharing in public health.van Panhuis WG, Paul P, Emerson C, Grefenstette J, Wilder R, Herbst AJ, Heymann D, Burke DS. BMC Public Health. 2014 Nov 5;14:1144


Willem G. van Panhuis, John Grefenstette, Su Yon Jung, Nian Shong Chok, Anne Cross, Heather Eng, Bruce Y Lee, Vladimir Zadorozhny, Shawn Brown, Derek Cummings, Donald S. Burke. Contagious diseases in the United States from 1888 to the present. NEJM 2013:369(22):2152-2158.


Willem G. van Panhuis, Sangwon Hyun, Kayleigh Blaney, Ernesto T.A. Marques Jr, Giovanini E. Coelho, João Bosco Siqueira Jr., Ryan Tibshirani, Ph.D, Jarbas B. da Silva Jr., Roni Rosenfeld. Risk of dengue for tourists and teams during the World Cup 2014 in Brazil. PLOS NTD 2014;8(7): e3063.


Yasuko Matsubara, Yasushi, Sakurai, Willem G. van Panhuis, Christos Faloutsos. FUNNEL: Automatic Mining of Spatially Coevolving Epidemics. Proceedings of the 20th ACM SIGKDD international conference on Knowledge discovery and data mining, August 24–27, 2014, New York, NY, USA: 105-114.


Van Panhuis WG, Luxemburger C, Pengsaa K, Limkittikul K, Sabchareon A, Lang J, Durbin AP, Cummings DA. Decay and persistence of maternal dengue antibodies among infants in Bangkok. Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2011 Aug;85(2):355-62


Van Panhuis WG, Gibbons RV, Endy TP, Rothman AL, Srikiatkhachorn A, Nisalak A, Burke DS, Cummings DA. Inferring the serotype associated with dengue virus infections on the basis of pre- and postinfection neutralizing antibody titers. J Infect Dis. 2010 Oct 1;202(7):1002-10.

Wilbert  Van Panhuis