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Faculty Experts

Northeastern faculty are available to speak about a broad range of subjects. Please contact us or speak to them directly to arrange interviews.

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Faculty Spotlight

Alessandro Vespignani

Sternberg Distinguished Professor of Physics, Computer Science and Health Sciences

Alessandro Vespignani's research includes developing data-driven models for the spread of infectious diseases; studying social human behavior; modeling the evolution of complex social and technological networks; mining usage and traffic patterns in technological networks such as the Web and the Internet; studying the interaction between social dynamics and online behaviors. Prof. Vespignani is at the forefront of mapping the spread of COVID-19.

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Network Science

David Lazer

Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Computer and Information Sciences
Expertise
COVID-19 Specialties

Lazer is studying the spread of misinformation of COVID-19 and conducting national surveys that monitor citizen responses to government restrictions put in place to combat the virus.

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617.329.1010

Samuel Scarpino

Assistant Professor, and Director of Emerging Epidemics Lab
Expertise
COVID-19 Specialties

Scarpino’s research focuses on complex systems and network science, including: infectious diseases, forecasting, predictive modeling, and others.

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617.373.2482

Matteo Chinazzi

Research Associate
Expertise
COVID-19 Specialties

Chinazzi is working with Vespignani and the MOBS lab to produce COVID-19 projections and modeling.

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Albert-László Barabási

Robert Gray Dodge Professor of Network Science, Distinguished University Professor of Physics, Director of the Center for Complex Network Research
Expertise
COVID-19 Specialties

Barabási is using AI to identify new potential drugs to treat COVID-19.

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617.373.7774

Tina Eliassi-Rad

Associate Professor of Computer Science
Expertise
Contact
617-373-6475
Supply Chain

Nada Sanders

Distinguished Professor of Supply Chain Management
Expertise
COVID-19 Specialties

Sanders has talked about how U.S. reliance on global supply chains for low-cost items like masks and hand sanitizer has contributed to shortages, as well as how U.S. manufacturing plants are being repurposed to add lines of production for these items. She is also conducting research on food supply chains and PPE shortages.

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617.373.7198
Health Policy

Wendy Parmet

Matthews Distinguished University Professor of Law and director of the Center for Health Policy and Law
Expertise
COVID-19 Specialties

Parmet is a leading expert on health, disability and public health law and directs the law school’s Center for Health Policy and Law.

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617.373.2019

Aziza Ahmed

Professor of Law
Expertise
COVID-19 Specialties

Ahmed is an internationally renowned expert in health law, criminal law and human rights. She studies privacy law related to those who receive a positive COVID-19 diagnosis, and health law related to those not following distancing requirements

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617.373.3250

Brook Baker

Professor of Law
Expertise
COVID-19 Specialties

Baker has been consulting with WHO to advocate for loosening IP protections among pharmaceutical companies in order to more quickly develop a COVID-19 vaccine and make it widely available

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617.373.3217

Gary Young

Director of Center for Health Policy and Healthcare Research, Professor of Strategic Management and Healthcare Systems
Expertise
COVID-19 Specialties

Young has recently been appointed to the US Homeland Security Task Force responsible for distributing funds from the CARES bill to healthcare organizations.

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617.373.2528
Public Policy

Daniel Aldrich

Professor of Political Science, Public Policy, and Urban Affairs; Director, Masters Program in Security and Resilience
Expertise
COVID-19 Specialties

Aldrich has been speaking about the need to practice “physical distancing” instead of “social distancing,” as those who are without social ties and connections are most vulnerable during a pandemic. He has also conducted research on how communities show resilience under several shocks, like the combination of COVID-19 with a natural disaster.

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Richard Wamai

Associate Professor of Cultures, Societies, and Global Studies
Expertise
COVID-19 Specialties

Wamai researches public policy in Africa and is tracking how the COVID-19 pandemic will affect all aspects of the continent.

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617.373.4130

Christopher Bosso

Professor, School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs; Director, Nanotechnology and Society Research Group
Expertise
COVID-19 Specialties

Bosso has been speaking about SNAP benefits during health crises like COVID-19.

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617.373.4398

Stephen Flynn

Professor of Political Science, Founding Director of the Global Resilience Institute
Expertise
COVID-19 Specialties

Flynn studies societal resilience and has been speaking about the use of the Defense Production Act to make protective gear and ventilators during COVID-19.

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617.470.7675

Jeremy Paul

Professor of Law
Expertise
COVID-19 Specialties

Paul’s research has been speaking about the legality of the mail-in-voting in order to properly social distance.

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617.373.3307
Healthcare

Janet Rico

Assistant Dean, Nursing Graduate Programs
Expertise
COVID-19 Specialties

Rico researches long-term support and healthcare access for disabled and elderly, long-term care policy, healthcare disparities for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and telemedicine during the pandemic.

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617.373.6975

Jack Dennerlein

Professor of Physical Therapy
Expertise
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617.373.5428

Timothy Hoff

Professor of Management, Healthcare Systems and Health Policy
Expertise
COVID-19 Specialties

Hoff has spoken about how the U.S.’s primary care system has broken over time, and how this has impacted hospitals’ ability to respond to the demands of COVID-19. He has also written about enlisting specialists and retired medical professionals as COVID-19 overwhelms hospital systems.

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617.373.4698

John Kwoka

Neal F. Finnegan Distinguished Professor of Economics
Expertise
COVID-19 Specialties

Kwoka studies antitrust laws and particularly how they have affected ventilator shortages during COVID-19

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617.373.2252

Alicia Sasser-Modestino

Associate Professor
Expertise
COVID-19 Specialties

Modestino studies public policy and particularly how state policy changes under COVID-19 will affect the economics of those states.

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617.373.8900

William (Bill) Dickens

Distinguished Professor of Economics and Social Policy
Expertise
COVID-19 Specialties

Dickens’ research focuses on the cause of long-term unemployment and its consequences for monetary policy.

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Robert Triest

Professor of Economics
Expertise
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City Planning

Sara Jensen Carr

Assistant Professor
Expertise
COVID-19 Specialties

Jensen Carr has spoken about how urban and public spaces are being used as COVID emergency centers

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Psychology

David DeSteno

Professor of Psychology
Expertise
COVID-19 Specialties

DeSteno’s research focuses on the impact affective states have on decision making and behavior, and has been speaking about the fear associated with the spread of COVID-19.

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617.373.7884

Laurie Kramer

Professor of Applied Psychology
Expertise
COVID-19 Specialties

Kramer has conducted research about how to help siblings foster better relationships, and she has been speaking about how families are handling COVID-19 anxiety at home.

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617-373-2333

Psyche Loui

Assistant Professor, Director MIND Lab (Music Imaging and Neural Dynamics), Music Technology
Expertise
COVID-19 Specialties

Loui studies musical cognition and can speak to why people are turning to music as a way to come together during social distancing

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Marketing / Business

Ravi Sarathy

Professor of International Business and Strategy
Expertise
COVID-19 Specialties

Sarathy’s research focuses on international business and global strategy, industrial policy, global infrastructure, and the airline and computer software industries.

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617.373.4806

Yakov Bart

Associate Professor of Marketing and Joseph G. Riesman Research Professor
Expertise
Contact
857.327.7373

Ted Clark

Executive Director of NU Center for Family Business and Executive Professor for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Expertise
Contact
(617) 373-7031
Engineering

Steve Lustig

Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering and Associate Chair of Research, Chemical Engineering
Expertise
COVID-19 Specialties

Lustig is using nanoparticles to test which materials can best filter out particles the size of COVID-19 as well as an n95 mask.

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Loretta Fernandez

Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and of Marine and Environmental Sciences
Expertise
COVID-19 Specialties

Fernandez’s research found that adding an outer layer made from nylon stockings to a homemade face covering can boost its ability to filter out small particles in the air by creating a tighter seal between the mask and the wearer’s face.

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617.373.5461

Jacqueline Griffin

Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
Expertise
COVID-19 Specialties

Griffin’s current work, in partnership with Professors Parker, Kim and Marsella, focuses on a telephone survey of people’s response to COVID-19 to model and predict decision-making under stress.

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617.373.2470

James Benneyan

Professor of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering and Executive Director of Healthcare Systems Engineering Institute
Expertise
COVID-19 Specialties

Benneyan created a model to help hospitals anticipate possible shortage scenarios in emergency room capacity, ventilators and PPE due to COVID-19.

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617.373.6450

Ming Su

Professor & Associate Chair of International Collaborations, Chemical Engineering
Expertise
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Ryan Wang

Assistant Professor
Expertise
Contact
617-373-7984

Babak Heydari

Assistant Professor or Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
Expertise
COVID-19 Specialties

Babak’s recent research has focused on which social distancing policies have been most effective.

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617.373.2740

Taskin Padir

Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Expertise
COVID-19 Specialties

Padir has been speaking about using AI and automation as workforce solutions at a time of social distancing.

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617.373.8114
Technology

Woodrow Hartzog

Professor of Law and Computer Science
Expertise
COVID-19 Specialties

Hartzog has been speaking about how face masks will not stand in the way of facial recognition use during COVID-19 and data privacy contact tracking.

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(617) 373-5550
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David Choffnes

Associate Professor of Computer and Information Science
Expertise
COVID-19 Specialties

Choffnes’ recent research focuses on video streaming services being throttled by US cellular providers as streaming sites are seeing an increase in traffic due to communities practicing social distancing and remote work.

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617.373.4239

Stephen Intille

Associate Professor of Computer and Information Science and Health Sciences
Expertise
COVID-19 Specialties

Intille’s current research focuses on using real-time behavior recognition technology and operant conditioning methods to train people in important health-related behavior changes to stop the spread of disease.

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617.373.3711

Andrea Parker

Assis­tant Pro­fessor of Per­sonal Health Infor­matics and Human-​​Computer Inter­ac­tion
Expertise
COVID-19 Specialties

Parker’s current work, in partnership with Professors Griffin, Kim and Marsella, focuses on a telephone survey of people’s response to COVID-19 to model and predict decision-making under stress.

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Stacy C. Marsella

Professor of computer and information science and psychology
Expertise
COVID-19 Specialties

Marsella’s current work, in partnership with Professors Griffin, Parker and Kim, focuses on a telephone survey of people’s response to COVID-19 to model and predict decision-making under stress.

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Michelle Borkin

Assistant Professor
Expertise
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Cody Dunne

Assistant Professor
Expertise
COVID-19 Specialties

Dunne’s current research, in partnership with Professor Borkin, focuses on designing a collaborative data visualization tool for remote work. His team is also exploring the best way to disseminate and communicate information about outbreaks.

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Seth Cooper

Assistant Professor
Expertise
COVID-19 Specialties

Cooper’s current research focuses on developing tutorial and game content specific to COVID-19 for an online game designed to crowdsource protein folding puzzles.

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Jan-Willem van de Meent

Assistant Professor of Computer Science
Expertise
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617-373-7696

Byron Wallace

Assistant Professor & Director - BS in Data Science Program
Expertise
COVID-19 Specialties

Wallace’s current research focuses on projections onto COVID-19 which use machine learning to maintain a continuously updated database of all reports of clinical trials in humans.

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617.373.2402

Ravi Sundaram

Professor
Expertise
COVID-19 Specialties

Sundarum’s current research, partnered with Professor Rajmohan focuses on exploring the foundations of policy design for controlling epidemics using behavioral interventions and enabling faster/more accurate diagnostic interference with the use of machine learning.

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617.373.5876
Misinformation

John Coley

Associate Professor of Psychology
Expertise
COVID-19 Specialties

Coley has been speaking about deep-rooted misconceptions that people have about biology and how that informs their thinking about things like COVID-19, viruses, getting sick and how that can lead to misinformation spread.

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Jeff Howe

Assistant Professor
Expertise
COVID-19 Specialties

Howe has spoken about the spread of misinformation from research that is published as pre-prints.

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