About the Reich Lab

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.

People

Nicholas Reich

  
Principal Investigator
Principal Investigator

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 Ray

  
Affiliated Faculty
Affiliated Faculty

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.

Tom McAndrew

  
Postdoctoral Fellow
Postdoctoral Fellow

Tom is a Postdoctoral Fellow of Biostatistics. His research focuses on combining multiple data sources, and translating crowd-driven predictions, into useful forecasts of infectious disease. Before joining the Reich Lab, Tom spent his time leading a Biostatistics department planning cardiovascular clinical trials. Besides work, Tom enjoys spending time hiking with his family, reading, and playing music.

Stephen Lauer

  
PhD Student
PhD Student

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 Meng

  
PhD Student
PhD Student

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.

Graham Casey Gibson

  
PhD Student
PhD Student

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 Wattanachit

  
PhD Student
PhD Student

Nutcha is pursuing her PhD in Biostatistics. She is interested in infectious disease forecasting, causal inference, and ensemble methods.

Katie House

  
MS Student
MS Student

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.

Matthew Cornell

  
Software Engineer
Software Engineer

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.

Alumni

Alexandria (Lexi) Brown


Post-doctoral Fellow (2015-2018)

Coco Kusiak


MS Student (2017-2018)

Willow Crawford-Crudell


Undergrad Intern (2018)

Dean Gladish


Undergrad Intern (2018)

Rebecca Silva


Undergrad Intern (2018)

Abhinav Tushar


MS Student (2016-2018)

Kristina Yamkovoy


Undergrad Researcher (2017-2018)

Evan Moore


Undergrad Researcher (2018)

Harley Jean


Undergrad Researcher (2016-2017)

Justin Baldwin


MS Student (2016-2017)

Krzysztof Sakrejda


Post-doctoral Fellow (2015-2017)