Hao Hu leads the Epidemiology Section at the Institute for Disease Modeling (IDM). Currently, he is focused on modeling the persistence and elimination feasibilities of S. Pneumoniae and Typhoid Fever, understanding the transmission pathways of several enteric pathogens, and modeling the role of household structure and contact heterogeneities on disease transmission dynamics. His previous work at IDM included creating data-driven district-level polio outbreak risk maps in Nigeria and Pakistan, analyzing the spatial and temporal trends of the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa, as well as modeling the transmission and persistence dynamics of polio.
Prior to joining IDM, Hao performed research in the Laboratory for the Modeling of Biological and Social-technical Systems (MoBS) at Indiana University (now at Northeastern University). His was part of the team modeling spatial spread of infectious diseases in a structured population. He is also involved in the real-time modeling of the A/H1N1 pandemic in 2009, calculating the short-term virus importation trajectories and projecting seasonal transmission potential based on empirical transportation networks.
Hao has a Ph.D. in Biophysics from Indiana University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Physics from the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC).