Planetary Health Colloquium – November


The Departments of Environmental Health, Global Health and Population, Immunology and Infectious Diseases, and Nutrition warmly welcomed Professor  Caroline Buckee as the second speaker of the Planetary Health Colloquium Series. Professor Sanna Sokolow from Stanford University was the discussant. A recording of the event can be found Here.

Dr. Caroline Buckee 

Caroline Buckee is a professor of epidemiology and the associate director of the Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She serves as an associate faculty member at the Wellcome Sanger Institute, in the United Kingdom, and is a cofounder of CrisisReady,  a platform to build a data-driven approach to crisis response.

Her work is focused on understanding the mechanisms driving the spread of infectious diseases that impact the most vulnerable populations worldwide, particularly malaria. She is interested in the impact of human mobility and migration on the spread and control of pathogens, and Buckee’s group uses a range of mathematical models, experimental and genomic data, and big data from mobile phones and satellites to understand how human mobility patterns spread pathogens and may be used to inform public health interventions.

Before coming to Harvard, Buckee completed a master’s at the University of York and the Wellcome Sanger Institute, a DPhil at the University of Oxford, and Omidyar and Wellcome Trust fellowships at the Santa Fe Institute and the Kenya Medical Research Institute, respectively, where she analyzed malaria parasite evolution and epidemiology. Her work has appeared in high-profile scientific journals, such as Science, Nature, and PNAS, and been featured in the popular press, including ABC, CNN, New Scientist, NPR, and Voice of America. Buckee was chosen as one of MIT Technology Review’s 35 Innovators Under 35, a CNN 10: Thinker, and one of Foreign Policy’s top 100 global thinkers.


Dr. Sanna Sokolow

Sanna Sokolow, DVM, PhD, is a disease ecologist and veterinarian at Stanford University‘s Woods Institute for the Environment and UC Santa Barbara‘s Marine Science Institute.  As Executive Director of Stanford’s new Program for Disease Ecology, Health and the Environment, she is interested in discovering and promoting ecological solutions that benefit human health and a healthy environment. As part of her research program, she founded The Upstream Alliance: a research initiative joining partners across the globe for reduction of the parasitic disease: schistosomiasis