Sr. Research Scientist
Kevin McCarthy is the Research Manager for the measles research team at the Institute for Disease Modeling. Kevin has a Ph.D. in Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as well as a Bachelor degree in both Physics and Electrical Engineering from the University of California, San Diego. His research focus is on optimizing burden control activities and helping to clarify critical vaccination policy decisions relevant to achieving and maintaining measles eradication. Kevin joined the Institute in 2013, and before leading the measles effort, he worked on both malaria and polio. As a member of the polio team, Kevin developed methods to calibrate a spatio-temporal polio model investigating the dynamics of eradication in northern Nigeria, the potential risk of accidental or intentional oral polio vaccine use after synchronized cessation, and the consequences of localized inaccessibility for surveillance and vaccination activities. In malaria, he worked on calibration of the IDM intra-host malaria model and malaria vaccine efficacy studies. These calibrated models can be used to evaluate the expected efficacy of potential intervention campaigns and provide decision support to global health policymakers. Prior to IDM, Kevin’s research focused on astrophysics and particle physics, and his doctoral research was performed as a member of the Cryogenic Dark Matter Search collaboration.