RWJF Health & Society Scholar:
Area(s) of Expertise:
Infectious Disease, Statistical Methodology, Dynamic Modeling
Jon Zelner’s research is focused on the public health consequences of intervention in infectious disease transmission systems. His work has appeared in the American Journal of Public Health, The American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, Epidemiology, and other journals in public health and medicine. In 2011, Jon received his Ph.D. in Sociology & Public Policy from the University of Michigan. His dissertation research focused in part on the dual role of social networks as contact structures that promote infectious disease transmission and as indicators of the quality of social institutions and sanitary infrastructure that mitigate infectious disease risk. From 2011-14, Jon was an NIH Research and Policy for Infectious Disease Dynamics (RAPIDD) postdoctoral fellow in the Dept. of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Princeton University. In this time his research focus expanded to include tuberculosis transmission and the impact of weather and climate factors on the spatial epidemiology of pediatric diarrheal illness. As an RWJF Health & Society Scholar, Jon plans to continue exploring the joint contributions of social and biological mechanisms to the spatiotemporal dynamics of infectious disease transmission across a variety of contexts.