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Parastu Kasaie, PhD

  • Assistant Scientist

Departmental Affiliations

  • Epidemiology (Primary)
    • Division: Infectious Disease Epidemiology

Center & Institute Affiliations

Contact Information

615 N. Wolfe Street
Room E6530
Baltimore, Maryland 21205

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PhD, University of Cincinnati, 2014
MS, University of Cincinnati, 2014
BS, Iran University of Science & Technology, 2008


Trained in the filed of engineering and operation research, Dr. Kasaie’s research focuses on the development and analysis of computer simulation models of infectious disease in human population and implications for policy making. Her research interests include modeling and simulation of social/epidemiological systems, resource allocation, HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, biostatistics, public health policy making. Her current research focuses on modeling the epidemic of HIV/AIDS and other Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) among Men who have Sex with Men (MSM) in Baltimore City. In this work, Dr. Kasaie investigates the population-level impact of various prevention/control interventions (e.g., Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis) and aims to develop effective strategies for reducing the burden of disease in this population. She’s also conducting a study on the impact of household contact tracing for prevention of drug-resistant Tuberculosis infection in India. Dr. Kasaie is a member of JHU Center For AIDS Research (CFAR) and the JHU Center For Tuberculosis Research.

  • Simulation
  • Modeling
  • HIV
  • Epidemiology
  • Public Health
  • Tuberculosis

Selected publications

  • Kasaie P, Kelton W. Guidelines for design and analysis in agent-based simulation studies. Proceedings of the 2015 Winter Simulation Conference. 2015 December 06; :183-193.
  • Kasaie P, Mathema B, Kelton WD, Azman AS, Pennington J, Dowdy DW. A Novel Tool Improves Existing Estimates of Recent Tuberculosis Transmission in Settings of Sparse Data Collection. PLoS One. 2015 Dec 17; 10(12):e0144137. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0144137.
  • Kasaie P, Andrews JR, Kelton WD, Dowdy DW. Timing of tuberculosis transmission and the impact of household contact tracing. An agent-based simulation model. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2014 Apr 1;189(7):845-52. doi: 10.1164/rccm.201310-1846OC.
  • Kasaie P, Kelton W. Resource allocation for controlling epidemics: Calibrating, analyzing, and optimizing an agent-based simulation. IIE Transactions on Healthcare Systems Engineering. 2013 April 01; 3(2):94-109.
  • Kasaie P, Kelton W. Simulation optimization for allocation of epidemic-control resources. IIE Transactions on Healthcare Systems Engineering. 2013 April 01; 3(2):78-93.
  • Simulation of HIV Epidemic among Baltimore’s MSM