DEPARTMENT OF MATHEMATICAL & STATISTICAL SCIENCES
UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA

 


MATHEMATICAL BIOLOGY SEMINAR

 

 

 

 

 

MONDAY February 23, 2004

3:00-4:00 p.m.

CAB 657

 

 

 

 

Dr. Troy Day

Departments of Mathematics & Biology

Queen's University

 

 

 

 

Modeling the Evolutionary Dynamics of Pathogen Virulence

 

Abstract:

 

I will discuss a general mathematical framework for modeling the evolutionary dynamics of pathogen virulence. The approach includes the effects of within-host mutation and superinfection, as well as the evolutionary and epidemiological dynamics at the population level. I will illustrate how the models can be extended to consider the evolution of multiple pathogen traits, and then use these results to explore the evolutionary implications of medical interventions for newly emerging infectious diseases such as SARS.

 

This seminar is partially funded by the Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences (PIMS)