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Modeling and Parameter Estimations to Explore Dynamics of Hemorrhagic Disease

    PROF, ASOC - Majid Bani Yaghoub

    Contact Detail
    Dr. Majid Bani-Yaghoub


    This interdisciplinary research project develops a vector-borne disease model to investigate the dynamics of hemorrhagic disease in Missouri white-tailed deer population. The primary goal of this project is to determine the efficacy of preventive measures to reduce the likelihood of disease outbreaks. These measures include but not limited to (1) practices that reduce favorable conditions for midges around water and minimize unnecessary visits for deer to water sources; (2) efforts that promote vegetation surrounding water sources decrease the amount of mud flats that are exposed during droughts, thus reducing midge breeding areas; (3) also, fencing off livestock from ponds, which is an ideal practice because livestock ponds are perfect breeding areas for midges. Using an optimal control approach the model analysis and numerical simulations may give some basic guidelines for public health practitioners, comparing the effectiveness of above-mentioned measures. Furthermore, the numerical and analytical analysis of the model may reveal rich dynamics of dear- genus Culicoides interactions.

    UMKC Department of Mathematics and Statistics

    (1) strong knowledge of calculus, ordinary differential equation, matrix theory and linear algebra (2) quantitative, analytical and programming skills (preferably MATLAB, R, or Python) (3) background and/or interest in applied mathematics (4) ability to communicate effectively in spoken and written English. more information:

    Project-related Tags
    Disease Models  Mathematical Modeling  Vector-Borne  

    Last Updated
    Aug 21, 2017

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