Mathematician, RAND Corporation; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School, Santa Monica, California
Raffaele Vardavas earned his Ph.D. in physics from Imperial College London in 2002, and was subsequently a post-doctoral researcher at UCLA in mathematics and bio-mathematics until 2008, when he joined the RAND His expertise is primarily in constructing and analyzing epidemic models for the spread of infectious disease. Examples include modeling HIV transmission, projecting the impact of testing and treatment, and anticipating the emergence of multi-drug resistance. He also has modeled scenarios of smallpox bio-terror attacks and control policy alternatives, as well as the coupled dynamics of seasonal flu epidemics and vaccination behavior. Other research interests include modeling healthcare utilization and costs under the Affordable Care Act, modeling supply and maintenance logistics, and applying evolutionary economics to climate change policy.