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Professor David L. SmithVisiting Professor in Epidemiology

Infectious diseases of humans are endlessly fascinating. My research has focused on spatial dynamics and policies for controlling malaria, rabies, dengue, influenza, cholera, and bacterial pathogens such as pneumococci and MRSA. I am particularly interested in the history and science of global malaria eradication.

I'm also interested in the bioeconomics, health seeking behaviors, drug use and disease, and the evolution of resistance to drugs in malaria and bacteria. I develop mathematical models of these diseases with the hope of building stronger connections between the elegant ideas arising from ecological theory and the real and very messy world as reflected in data. 

Selected Publications

Wiebe, A., Longbottom, J., Gleave, K., Shearer, F.M., Sinka, M.E., Massey, N.C., Cameron, E., Bhatt, S., Gething, P.W., Hemingway, J., Smith, D.L., Coleman, M. and Moyes, C.L. (2017). Geographical distributions of African malaria vector sibling species and evidence for insecticide resistance. Malaria Journal, 16 : 85 DOI

Tatem, A.J., Jia, P., Ordanovich, D., Falkner, M., Huang, Z., Howes, R.E., Hay, S.I., Gething, P.W. and Smith, D.L. (2017). The geography of imported malaria to non-endemic countries: a meta-analysis of nationally-reported statistics. Lancet Infectious Diseases, 17 (1) : 98-107 DOI

Gething, P.W., Casey, D.C., Weiss, D.J., Bisanzio, D., Bhatt, S., Cameron, E., Battle, K.E., Dalyrymple, U., Rozier, J., Puja, C., Rao, M.P.H., Kutz M.J., Barber, R.M., Huynh, C., Shackelford, K.A., Coates, M.M., Nguyen, G., Fraser, M.S., Kulikoff, R., Wang, H., Naghavi, M., Smith, D.L., Murray, C.J.L., Hay, S.I. and Lim, S.S. (2016). Mapping Plasmodium falciparum malaria mortality in Africa between 1990 and 2015. New England Journal of Medicine, : 10.1056/NEJMoa1606701. DOI

Howes, R.E., Battle, K.E., Mendis, K.N., Smith, D.L., Cibulskis, R.E., Baird, J.K. and Hay, S.I. (2016). Global epidemiology of Plasmodium vivax. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, : 10.4269/ajtmh.16-0141 DOI

Brady, O.J., Godfray, H.C.J., Tatem, A.J., Gething, P.W., Cohen, J.M., McKenzie, F.E., Perkins, T.A., Reiner Jr., R.C., Tusting, L.S., Sinka, M.E., Moyes, C.L., Eckhoff, P.A., Scott, T.W., Lindsay, S.W., Hay, S.I. and Smith, D.L. (2016). Vectorial capacity and vector control: reconsidering sensitivity to parameters for malaria elimination. Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, 110 (2) : 107-117 DOI

Kraemer, M.U.G., Hay, S.I., Pigott, D.M., Smith, D.L., Wint, G.R.W. and Golding, N. (2016). Progress and challenges in infectious disease cartography. Trends in Parasitology, 32 (1) : 19-29 DOI

Bhatt, S., Weiss, D.J., Mappin, B., Dalrymple, U., Cameron, E., Bisanzio, D., Smith, D.L., Moyes, C.L., Tatem, A.J., Lynch, M., Fergus, C.A., Yukich, J., Bennett, A., Eisele, T.P., Kolaczinski, J., Cibulskis, R.E., Hay, S.I. and Gething, P.W. (2015). Coverage and system efficiencies of insecticide-treated nets in Africa from 2000 to 2017. eLife, 4 : e09672 DOI

Howes, R.E., Reiner, Jr., R.C., Battle, K.E., Longbottom, J., Mappin, B., Ordanovich, D., Tatem, A.J., Drakeley, C., Gething, P.W., Zimmerman, P.A., Smith, D.L. and Hay, S.I. (2015). Plasmodium vivax transmission in Africa. Public Library of Science Neglected Tropical Diseases, 9 (11) : e0004222 DOI

Kraemer, M.U.G., Perkins. T.A, Cummings, D.A.T., Zakar, R., Hay, S.I., Smith, D.L. and Reiner, R.C. (2015). Big city, small world: density, contact rates, and transmission of dengue across Pakistan. Journal of the Royal Society Interface, 12 (111) : 20150468 DOI

Bhatt, S., Weiss, D.J., Cameron, E., Bisanzio, D., Mappin, B., Dalrymple, U., Battle, K.E., Moyes, C.L., Henry, A., Eckhoff, P.A., Wenger, E.A., Briƫt, O., Penny, M.A., Smith, T.A., Bennett, A., Yukich, J., Eisele, T.P., Griffin, J.T., Fergus, C.A., Lynch, M., Lindgren, F., Cohen, J.M., Murray, C.L.J., Smith, D.L., Hay, S.I., Cibulskis, R.E. and Gething, P.W (2015). The effect of malaria control on Plasmodium falciparum in Africa between 2000 and 2015. Nature, 526 (7572) : 207-211 DOI