Postdoctoral Research Scientist
Kyle Gustafson holds a PhD in Physics from the University of Maryland as a Fellow of the Fannie and John Hertz Foundation. He completed postdoctoral studies at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) and the University of Lausanne in Switzerland. His work with Paolo Ricci of the EPFL in plasma physics was supported by the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) International Research Fellowship Program. He then worked with Winship Herr of the University of Lausanne and Felix Naef of the EPFL in computational systems biology. In both fields, his primary concentration was on applied problems in multiscale dynamical systems, including plasma turbulence and synchronized biological rhythms, as well as functional chromatin conformation. Additionally, he has been strongly involved with scientific communication through theatrical performance. He co-founded an improv group for scientists at the University of Lausanne and performed in several original full-length productions, one of which was supported generously by the Swiss NSF. Kyle has joined the Applied Math team at IDM to engage his skills by confronting the complex challenges of disease elimination. He approaches this problem essentially as a dynamical system characterized by multiscale nonlinear interactions on a network. His primary goal is to understand the general spatial dynamics of epidemics and guide interventions that account for effects related to non-diffusive mobility.