In the News

September 10, 2020

Bryan Lewis and Stephen Eubank share their experiences mentoring Caitlin Rivers, a young epidemiologist helping to inform policy. 

August 25, 2020

The UVA Biocomplexity Institute has received a $1.44M award from the National Science Foundation for a Virtual Organization (VO) that will facilitate communication and collaboration among CISE scientists currently involved in pandemic research through the NSF RAPID program.

August 25, 2020 

Universities may have meticulous plans for social distancing and sanitization, but those are only in effect while students are in class or on campus. What happens when students leave campus for the day or go back to their dorms, has just as much of an impact on how colleges will fair with COVID-19. 

August 14, 2020

UVA Today got in touch with six UVA researchers and clinicians who are studying the disease and its effects and asked them what they’ve learned, as well as what it will take to emerge from the pandemic.

August 5, 2020

John Thompson, Distinguished Institute Professor, speaks on the potential outcomes of the census deadline changing. 

August 4, 2020

Christopher Barrett, executive director, Madhav Marathe, division director, and Bryan Lewis, research associate professor, spoke to S&P Global Market Intelligence about the abilities and limitations of their COVID analytical models. 

July 28, 2020

New data gathered and models created by the University of Virginia Biocomplexity Institute predict the Commonwealth is creeping closer and closer to a surge.

July 14, 2020

Researchers have proven that a single gene can convert female Aedes aegypti mosquitoes into fertile male mosquitoes and identified a gene needed for male mosquito flight.

July 1, 2020

Mandy Wilson joined Virginia's First Lady, Pamela Northam, student STEM Advocate, Jordan Wright and other women in science to discuss women in STEM and give advice as to the field.

June 30, 2020

The true number of COVID-19 cases around the world is roughly 12 times the official count, and the number of deaths is 50 percent greater, according to a study by Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers, who contend that a swifter response could have prevented one-third of fatalities.

July 2, 2020

Researchers have developed a model that uses social-media and search data to forecast outbreaks of Covid-19 well before they occur.

June 17, 2020

Dr. Bryan Lewis and Dr. Srini Venkatramanan break down the phrase “flattening the curve.” They highlight the importance of social distancing and the benefits and limitations of predictive modeling.

June 4, 2020

Health experts are encouraging people to pick lighter colored face masks made of cotton for the hot and humid summer months.

June 4, 2020

The United States coronavirus death toll eclipsed the 100,000 milestone on May 27 and, as of early June, is nearing a figure that few may have expected or feared at the start of the novel coronavirus outbreak. 

June 1, 2020

With ten million dollars from the National Science Foundation, computer scientists at the University of Virginia, Virginia Tech and 13 other schools have begun to tackle a massive problem with the power of big data and computers. 

May 21, 2020

As cases of COVID-19 are being declared the Global South, low- and middle-income countries brace themselves for the pandemic.

May 21, 2020

COVID-19 deaths and infections could skyrocket in Virginia in the coming months if left unchecked, according to updated modeling from the University of Virginia.

April 23, 2020

Stanford computer scientists are working with the country’s leading epidemiologists and volunteers to collect county-level data about when social-distancing regulations went in place, hoping to inform decisions on when to ease them.

April 22, 2020

For the lowdown on how the technological advances on our iPhone and Android devices – scheduled to roll out in mid-May – will work, UVA Today turned to computer science professor Madhav Marathe...

April 13, 2020

The good news from University of Virginia experts is that efforts to combat the coronavirus thus far indicate that the growth rate for new cases is not just slowing but leveling off almost entirely.

April 10, 2020

Without enough test kits, the 1.3-billion-person country is using a gigantic surveillance network to trace and quarantine infected people.

April 13, 2020

Madhav Marathe, Bryan Lewis and Chris Barrett, researchers and leaders at the UVA Biocomplexity Institute, developed a model for the Commonwealth of Virginia to project COVID-19 infection trends.

April 8, 2020

Population density predicts responses to the novel coronavirus. Why?


April 8, 2020

Concerns about what Google and Facebook might be doing with patients’ sensitive health information have receded, and instead, Americans are being asked to allow surveillance of their daily movements and contacts, and even their temperature and other physiological changes.

April 3, 2020

People are taking social distancing seriously – even when it comes to their health care decisions. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported Friday that influenza-like illness (ILI) activity decreased by 14 percent for the week ending March 28 compared to the prior week. 

April 1, 2020

As the world deals with the unrelenting daily spread of the novel coronavirus, the World Health Organization (WHO), among its many other initiatives at this time, also looked farther down the road.

March 31, 2020

The number of positive COVID-19 cases in Virginia has quadrupled in the last week. But experts say the daily numbers released by the Department of Health is still an undercount exacerbated by some of the country’s lowest per capita testing.

March 31, 2020

There are now dozens of online dashboards and maps showing exactly how COVID-19 is spreading across the world.

March 25, 2020

Researchers at UVA’s Biocomplexity Institute have won a new $10 million, five-year NSF grant to plan for, and respond to, epidemics and pandemics.

March 24, 2020

Cities and states will get a system in their toolkit that will let them forecast infections, deaths based on policy decisions; economic predictions are in the works.

March 22, 2020

One of the deadliest and least predictable phases in the global coronavirus crisis could begin as innocuously as this: A grandmother and her grandchild walking up a hill.

March 19, 2020

Researchers at the Biocomplexity Institute at the University of Virginia warn that major interruptions to daily life and businesses related to the COVID-19 pandemic could last for several months.

March 17, 2020

Consider this your guide to the dos and don’ts of social distancing.

March 17, 2020

A third spike in influenza-like illness (ILI) activity in the United States now puts the 2019-20 flu season on track to be perhaps the longest in at least the last 20 years of record-keeping by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

March 4, 2020

Infectious disease experts working on the coronavirus, or COVID-19, warn that the outbreak could have a historically unprecedented impact on life across the globe. 

March 2, 2020

The novel coronavirus COVID-19 epidemic is growing rapidly and already affecting 65 countries. South Korea has seen an explosive growth in confirmed cases, partially attributable to large-scale testing and identification of cases. 

February 26, 2020

Researchers at the University of Virginia Biocomplexity Institute have collected data on the coronavirus and turned it into interactive dashboards online.

February 25, 2020

The 2019-20 flu season is beginning its predicted decline as the second wave of flu activity decreases, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

February 24, 2020

The end of this flu season is still more active than even the highest peak of last year's difficult season.

January 31, 2020

Today’s data revolution is not just about big data, it is about data of all sizes and types. 

February 18, 2020

Are influenza outbreaks and weather patterns connected? Researchers have long known that flu season occurs in the colder months, and that infection rates drop dramatically as the weather warms. 

February 12, 2020

Sallie Keller was recognized “for development and application of engineering and statistical techniques in support of national security and industry.” 

February 6, 2020

The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) has elected 87 new members and 18 international members, announced NAE President John L. Anderson today. 

January 30, 2020

The University of Virginia’s top leaders gathered Wednesday evening at the Boar’s Head Resort to honor faculty members from across Grounds for their outstanding contributions to their fields of study and societal impact through their research and scholarly activities.


January 16, 2020

U.Va. researchers at the Biocomplexity Institute and Initiative are developing computational models to estimate and manage the biological, social and economic impacts of influenza.

November 11, 2019

Modern food systems facilitate rapid dispersal of pests and pathogens through multiple pathways. The complexity of spread dynamics and data inadequacy make it challenging to model the phenomenon and also to prepare for emerging invasions.

The University of Virginia’s Biocomplexity Institute and Initiative capped off its first year of existence Monday with a keynote for its summer undergraduate program.

February 28, 2019

Research Assistant Professor Andrew Warren provides a perspective in Nature magazine article.

February 25, 2019

Research Associate Professor Gizem Korkmaz shares her opinion on how data analysis plays a role in government working more effectively for its citizens.

February 25, 2019

Chris Barrett talks about the ultimate goal of the Institute’s research: to be prepared for the worst-case scenario—a global pandemic.

February 25, 2019

Ten years ago, Dr. Keller spearheaded the effort to create the world’s first engineering “design kitchen” while Dean of Engineering at Rice University and recently recalled how it all came together.

February 20, 2019

Christopher L. Barrett, a pioneer in biocomplexity research, joins the University of Virginia to establish the new Biocomplexity Institute and Initiative.