Caroline Buckee is a professor of epidemiology and the associate director of the Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She serves as an associate faculty member at the Wellcome Sanger Institute, in the United Kingdom, and is a cofounder of CrisisReady (crisisready.io), a platform to build a data-driven approach to crisis response.
Her work is focused on understanding the mechanisms driving the spread of infectious diseases that impact the most vulnerable populations worldwide, particularly malaria. She is interested in the impact of human mobility and migration on the spread and control of pathogens, and Buckee’s group uses a range of mathematical models, experimental and genomic data, and big data from mobile phones and satellites to understand how human mobility patterns spread pathogens and may be used to inform public health interventions.
Before coming to Harvard, Buckee completed a master’s at the University of York and the Wellcome Sanger Institute, a DPhil at the University of Oxford, and Omidyar and Wellcome Trust fellowships at the Santa Fe Institute and the Kenya Medical Research Institute, respectively, where she analyzed malaria parasite evolution and epidemiology. Her work has appeared in high-profile scientific journals, such as Science, Nature, and PNAS, and been featured in the popular press, including ABC, CNN, New Scientist, NPR, and Voice of America. Buckee was chosen as one of MIT Technology Review’s 35 Innovators Under 35, a CNN 10: Thinker, and one of Foreign Policy’s top 100 global thinkers.