Caroline O'Flaherty Buckee
Associate Professor

Caroline O'Flaherty Buckee

Associate Professor of Epidemiology



Dr. Caroline Buckee joined Harvard School of Public Health in the summer of 2010 as an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2017. In 2013, Dr. Buckee was named the Associate Director of the Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics.

The Buckee lab uses mathematical models and data science to understand the mechanisms driving the spread of infectious diseases, with a focus on pathogens like malaria that effect vulnerable populations in low income countries. After receiving a D.Phil from the University of Oxford, Caroline worked at the Kenya Medical Research Institute to analyze clinical and epidemiological aspects of malaria as a Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellow. Her work led to an Omidyar Fellowship at the Santa Fe Institute, where she developed theoretical approaches to understanding malaria parasite evolution and ecology. In 2013 Dr. Buckee was named one of MIT Tech Review's 35 Innovators Under 35, a CNN Top 10: Thinker, and Foreign Policy Magazine's Global Thinkers. Her work has appeared in high profile scientific journals such as Science and PNAS, as well as being featured in the popular press, including CNN, The New Scientist, Voice of America, NPR, and ABC.


GPS-estimated foot traffic data and venue selection for COVID-19 serosurveillance studies.

Brown TS, <a href="">Martinez de Salazar Munoz P</a>, Bhatia A, Bunda B, Williams EK, <a href="">Bor D</a>, Miller JS, <a href="">Mohareb A</a>, Naranbai V, <a href="">Garcia Beltran W</a>, Miller TE, <a href="">Thierauf J</a>, Yang W, Kress D, Stelljes K, Johnson K, Larremore DB, <a href="">Lennerz J</a>, <a href="">Iafrate AJ</a>, <a href="">Balsari S</a>, <a href="">Buckee CO</a>, <a href="">Grad YH</a>.

medRxiv. 2021 Feb 05. PMID: 33564784

Incorporating human mobility data improves forecasts of Dengue fever in Thailand.

Kiang MV, <a href="">Santillana M</a>, <a href="">Chen JT</a>, Onnela JP, <a href="">Krieger N</a>, Engø-Monsen K, Ekapirat N, Areechokchai D, Prempree P, Maude RJ, <a href="">Buckee CO</a>.

Sci Rep. 2021 Jan 13. 11(1):923. PMID: 33441598

Estimating internationally imported cases during the early COVID-19 pandemic.

Menkir TF, Chin T, <a href="">Hay JA</a>, Surface ED, De Salazar PM, <a href="">Buckee CO</a>, Watts A, Khan K, Sherbo R, Yan AWC, <a href="">Mina MJ</a>, <a href="">Lipsitch M</a>, <a href="">Niehus R</a>.

Nat Commun. 2021 01 12. 12(1):311. PMID: 33436574

Multiple blood feeding in mosquitoes shortens the Plasmodium falciparum incubation period and increases malaria transmission potential.

Shaw WR, Holmdahl IE, <a href="">Itoe MA</a>, Werling K, Marquette M, <a href="">Paton DG</a>, Singh N, <a href="">Buckee CO</a>, Childs LM, <a href="">Catteruccia F</a>.

PLoS Pathog. 2020 12. 16(12):e1009131. PMID: 33382824


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