Led by PI Nicholas Reich and based in the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, the Reich Lab focuses on developing statistical methods and tools for data arising from infectious disease settings.
We use statistics, data science, and epidemiology to gain better understanding of the complexities of infectious disease dynamics. Our work has been featured in the New York Times, the Boston Globe, and on New England Public Radio.
With active funded projects from the NIH, DARPA, CDC, and VA, the Lab is involved in independent and collaborative research efforts. Our collaborators include the Infectious Disease Dynamics Working Group at Johns Hopkins, the Thai Ministry of Public Health and National Electronics and Computer Technology Center (NECTEC), the Dengue Branch of the CDC in Puerto Rico, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the Children's Hospital Colorado, and the Veterans Health Administration branches in New York City and Iowa City.
Nick is an Associate Professor of Biostatistics at UMass. He received his PhD in Biostatstics from Johns Hopkins, where he also did his post-doctoral training in infectious disease epidemiology. He also enjoys spending time outside with his family (hiking, camping, canoeing, gardening).
Evan is an Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Statistics at Mt Holyoke College. He received his PhD in statistics from UMass-Amherst, developing methods to infer physical activity type and intensity from accelerometer data. A former post-doc in the Reich Lab, he also works on developing methods for predicting infectious disease outbreaks.
Lexi received her PhD in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology. She is interested in machine learning and developing intelligent, interpretable statistical models for analyzing infectious diseases in human populations.
Stephen is a graduate researcher pursuing his PhD in biostatistics. His work focuses on developing tools to make and evaluate real-time infectious disease forecasts, such as the Shiny web application for the ALERT algorithm. He likes the NBA and maps.
Xi received her BS degree from Beijing Institute of Technology with a major in Electrical Engineering. Her PhD research focuses on using particle filtering approaches to draw inference about dynamics in complex, multi-strain infectious disease settings.
Casey is a graduate researcher pursuing his PhD in biostatistics. His work focuses on developing tools to make and evaluate real-time infectious disease forecasts using bayesian non-parametric methods. He likes biking, dogs, and probability.
Nutcha is pursuing her PhD in Biostatistics. She is interested in infectious disease forecasting, causal inference, and ensemble methods.
Katie is an MS student in Computer Science concentrating in Data Science. She is interested in data visualization and machine learning. Outside of school, she likes to participate in hackathons and make baked goods.
Coco is a graduate researcher and MS student in Biostatistics. She is currently working on the Thai Dengue Forecasting Challenge. She loves sports and dogs.
Matt is the lab's research software engineer. His M.S. is in Computer Science from UMass/Amherst, and his B.S. is in E.E. Before grad school he worked for NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Space Shuttle operations. Since then he's worked for decades in various AI research labs, writing all types of software.
Willow is an undergraduate student majoring in Mathematics and Spanish at Smith College. Her focus while at the Reich Lab is on the expectation-maximization algorithm in the context of infectious disease forecasting. She enjoys swimming, hiking, and knitting.
Dean is an undergraduate math major from Carleton College whose primary interest is in applied math, computer science,
and making advancements in the field of public health.
At the Reich Lab, he is interested in evaluating similarities among component models using various diagnostics.
He enjoys going for walks and listening to music.
Rebecca is a senior mathematics major at Amherst College and is most excited about using data science and statistics to answer public health questions. This summer, while at the Reich Lab, she is investigating the probability integral transform method to evaluate ensemble forecast models for influenza. She enjoys dancing and going on runs.