Maciej Boni is an associate professor of biology with a wide array of research interests, including the epidemiology and evolution of COVID-19, human influenza, highly pathogenic avian influenza, malaria, and dengue. He uses models to study the spread of these diseases and potential population-level treatment strategies.
Boni is an expert on the evolutionary history and origins of SARS-CoV-2, as well as the virus’s ongoing evolution. During the pandemic, he has served as an advisor to several states regarding hospital preparedness for treating COVID-19 patients; in particular, generating models to predict the number of required hospital beds, among other healthcare needs.
from The Wall Street Journal July 8, 2020
“All other things being equal, it’s harder to manage an epidemic in a large country than a small country.” - Maciej Boni
from The New York Times April 8, 2020
“Once in a while, one of these viruses wins the lottery.” - Maciej Boni
from yahoo! finance March 20, 2020
“It's like looking at the first 60 minutes of a hurricane and saying it's almost over. It's not almost over at all." - Maciej Boni
from Los Angeles Times February 27, 2020
"While it is possible that this virus, like many other respiratory viruses, will not survive as readily in warm temperatures, it will be encountering a “completely susceptible” U.S. population, said Maciej F. Boni, an associate professor of biology at Penn State University."
from WNEP March 4, 2020
"I think that people should understand that even if most cases are mild, the level of severe infections still means that this coronavirus could affect millions and millions of Americans severely," Boni said.