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Derek A.T. Cummings, PhD

Associate Professor

Departmental Affiliation(s):

Division: Infectious Disease Epidemiology
International Health (Joint)

Center & Institute Affiliation(s):

Contact Information

615 N. Wolfe Street
Room E6546
Baltimore , Maryland   21205


Personal website :

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PhD , Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering , 2004
MS , Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering , 2001
MHS , Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health , 2004


The goal of my research is to understand the temporal and spatial dynamics of the spread of infectious diseases in order to inform interventions to control their spread. My research includes analyses of spatial-temporal patterns of infectious disease spread and theoretical approaches to simulate the spread of pathogens in populations. I am specifically interested in the dynamics of dengue hemorrhagic fever, influenza, measles and chikungunya.

Honors and Awards

Burroughs Wellcome Career Award at the Scientific Interface
Advising, Mentoring, and Teaching Recognition Award (AMTRA)

infectious disease dynamics, international health, emerging infectious diseases, dengue, influenza, measles, chikungunya

  • Salje H, Lessler J, Endy TP, Curriero F, Gibbons RV, Nisalak A, Nimmannitya S, Kalayanarooj S, Jarman RG, Thomas S, Burke DS, Cummings DAT. Revealing the micro-scale spatial signature of dengue transmission and immunity in an urban population. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Jun 12;109(24):9535-8.

  • Read JM, Edmunds WJ, Riley S, Lessler JT, Cummings DAT. Close encounters of the infectious kind: a review of methods to measure social mixing behavior. Epidemiology and Infection. 2012 Jun 12:1-14.

  • Word DP, Cummings DAT, Burke DS, Iamsirithaworn S, Laird CD.  A nonlinear programming approach for estimation of transmission parameters in childhood infectious disease using a continuous time model.  Journal of the Royal Society Interface.  2012 Feb 15. [Epub ahead of print].

  • Althouse BM, Ng YY, Cummings DAT. Prediction of dengue incidence using search query surveillance. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases. 2011;5:e1258.

  • Johansson M, Hombach J, Cummings DAT.  Models of the impact of dengue vaccines: a review of current research and potential approaches. Vaccine 2011;29:5860-8.