Dr. Jin Wang, Professor and UNUM Chair of Excellence in Applied Mathematics, was recently awarded a research grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for his project entitled “Deterministic Models for Waterborne Infections”. The amount awarded is $200,000 and the project duration is from 2020 to 2023.
With the support of this NSF grant, Dr. Wang plans to establish a new mathematical modeling framework for waterborne infectious diseases based on deterministic differential equations. In particular, Dr. Wang plans to develop a novel cluster modeling technique that will extend the classical Lagrangian and Eulerian modeling approaches, with the aim of optimizing the balance between homogeneity and heterogeneity in the characterization of the disease transmission and spread. Using this framework, Dr. Wang will perform a detailed study on the complex dynamics of waterborne infections across a wide range of spatial and temporal scales. The outcome of this project is expected to improve the quantitative understanding of waterborne infections and provide useful guidelines for related disease control strategies.