Dr. Samit Bhattacharyya started his Mathematical Biology research career modelling population dynamics of insect pest and their management in Ph.D. In the past few years, his research spanned over modelling human infectious disease like measles, whooping cough (pertussis), meningitis, influenza, tuberculosis, Antibiotic drug resistance, and malaria. A major focus in these research is modelling human behavioral interactions and its impact in disease transmission and control. He implements both qualitative approaches of modelling such as agent-based models, spatial models, stochastic models, network models to get insights into the basic biological processes; and quantitative approaches such as data analysis and statistical inference that helps to evaluate alternative hypotheses about these processes. Recent talk in ICTS, Bangalore: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4uvM3U37iaI
Teaching & Research Interests:
Samit’s research interests lie at the interface of Mathematics, Biology and Statistics. Using mathematical tools such as nonlinear dynamics, game theory and optimization, he tries to understand complexities at the population and individual level of ecology and evolution of infectious diseases of humans and wildlife, including childhood infections and emerging infectious diseases. Specifically, he is interested in spatiotemporal dynamics of infectious disease, the ecology of disease and management, impact of social norms and human behavior in disease and policymaking.
Recent research grants:
1. Department of Science & Technology (DST), India (under ECR scheme: ECR/2016/000591) 2017 - Project: Game-theoretic Approach of Modeling Antibiotic Drug Resistance as Self-Reinforcing Process by Social Factors and Economic Growth
2. European Research Council (ERC) and Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB) 2018 - Project: Estimating disease burden of Onchocerciasis associated epilepsy (OAE) and its impact on socioeconomic growth in Onchocerciasis endemic areas in Africa jointly with University of Antwerp, Belgium.