University of Texas at Austin

Lauren Meyers

Core Faculty GSC Faculty

Denton A. Cooley Centennial Professorship in Zoology

Professor Integrative Biology

Centers and Groups

Research Interests

Computational Biology Data Science


Dr. Meyers is a Professor of Integrative Biology at The University of Texas at Austin, and a member of the External Faculty and Scientific Advisory Board of the Santa Fe Institute. She was trained as a mathematical biologist at Harvard and Stanford Universities, and her research foci include network epidemiology, optimization of infectious disease surveillance and control, and translational tools for public health.

Dr. Meyers has trained numerous graduate students and postdocs that have gone onto successful careers in academia and industry, and she leads an interdisciplinary team of scientists, engineers, social scientists and public health professionals in uncovering the sociological and biological drivers of influenza and Ebola transmission, improving disease control policies for influenza and HIV, redesigning disease surveillance systems to harness next-generation data, and creating decision-support software for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Association of Public Health Labs (APHL), Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) and Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS).

Her research has been published in over 60 peer-reviewed publications and funded by research grants from National Institutes of Health, CDC, National Science Foundation, APHL, Texas DSHS, Canadian Institute of Health Research, and James S. McDonnell Foundation. The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, the BBC, and other news sources have highlighted this work; and she has provided scientific expertise for government agencies, including the CDC, Institute of Medicine (IOM), Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), and US National Intelligence Council. In 2004, she was named by the MIT Technology Review as one of the top 100 global innovators under age 35.

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