Wan Yang

Wan Yang

Wan Yang

Assistant Professor


722 West 168th Street, Room 514
New York NY 10032
(212) 305-0421
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Dr. Wan Yang is trained as an environmental engineer and infectious disease modeler, with further expertise in statistics, epidemiology, and computer science. Broadly, Dr. Yang is interested in understanding how infectious diseases spread through the population, as well as methods to model and predict these epidemics. Her recent work applies mathematical modeling and Bayesian inference methods to study the transmission dynamics of infectious diseases such as influenza, Ebola, and measles. She is also developing forecast systems to predict outbreaks of infectious diseases. In addition, she studies how environmental factors influence the transmission of influenza, its seasonality, and the underlying mechanisms.



PhD, 2012, Virginia Tech
MS, 2009, Tsinghua University
BS, 2006, South China University of Technology

Areas of Expertise

Bayesian Methods, Epidemics, Infectious Disease

Select Publications

Yang W. Transmission Dynamics of and Insights from the 2018-2019 Measles Outbreak in New York City: A Modeling Study. Science Advances. 2020 In press (pre-print at https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/19005298v2)
Li R, Pei S, Chen B, Song Y, Zhang T, Yang W, Shaman J. Substantial undocumented infection facilitates the rapid dissemination of novel coronavirus (SARS-COV2) Science 16 Mar 2020: eabb3221. doi: 10.1126/science.abb3221
Yang W, Terry MB. Do temporal trends in cancer incidence reveal organ system connections for cancer etiology? Epidemiology. 2020 Mar 25. doi: 10.1097/EDE.0000000000001192. [Epub ahead of print].
Yang W, Kehm RD, Terry MB. Survival model methods for analyses of cancer incidence trends in young adults. Statistics in Medicine. First published: 05 February 2020. https://doi.org/10.1002/sim.8458
Nguyen J, Yang W, Ito K, Matte T, Shaman J, Kinney P. 2016. Seasonal influenza infections and cardiovascular disease mortality. JAMA Cardiology. 1(3):274-81.
Yang W, Zhang W, Kargbo D, Yang R, Chen Y, Chen Z, Kamara A, Kargbo B, Kandula S, Karspeck A, Liu C, Shaman J. 2015. Transmission network of the 2014-2015Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone. Journal of the Royal Society Interface. Published 11 November 2015. DOI: 10.1098/rsif.2015.0536.
Yang W, Lipsitch M, Shaman J. 2015. Inference of seasonal and pandemic influenza transmission dynamics. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 112: 2723-2728.
Yang W, Karspeck A, Shaman J. 2014. Comparison of filtering methods for the modeling and retrospective forecasting of influenza epidemics. PLoS Computational Biology 10: e1003583
Yang W, Petkova E, Shaman J. 2014. The 1918 influenza pandemic in New York City: age-specific timing, mortality, and transmission dynamics. Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses 8: 177-188.
Shaman J, Karspeck A, Yang W, Tamerius J, Lipsitch M. 2013. Real-time influenza forecasts during the 2012-2013 season. Nature Communications 4: 2837.

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