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Mike Famulare is a Senior Research Scientist at the Institute for Disease Modeling (IDM) in Bellevue, WA, where he uses mathematical modeling to study infectious disease transmission and surveillance. Since joining IDM, he has worked closely with partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative to assess the impacts of polio vaccination policies on poliovirus transmission in different settings. He also conducts research on the design and interpretation of genomic and environmental surveillance data for infectious diseases. He has a PhD in Physics from the University of Washington, where he focused on adaptive single neuron computation. Before moving to Seattle, he earned a BS in Physics Education from New York University and taught briefly at Stuyvesant High School.