Matthew Ferrari


Director of the Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics,
Associate Professor of Biology


  • Health & Medicine
  • Agriculture

Focus Areas:

  • Health Policy
  • Infectious Disease
  • Entomology
  • Vector-borne Diseases


  • Ferrari has expertise in a wide range of areas including public health, modeling, vaccination, health policy, outbreak response, quantitative epidemiology, population ecology, statistics, and computational and mathematical biology, and can comment on the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.
  • Ferrari uses mathematical and statistical tools to understand patterns of disease incidents.
  • His field and lab experiments are investigating the implications for disease spread and pathogen-mediated host selection.

Matthew Ferrari is the Director of the Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics (CIDD) and associate professor of biology who researches measles dynamics in developing countries, vector behavior and spatial transmission, and scaling within host-immune dynamics to populations. Ferrari’s lab researches both the application of quantitative modeling and analysis to inform public health policy and the basic ecology of parasites and infectious diseases. He can comment broadly in disease outbreaks and specializes in measles.

In The Media

Once we get to the point where, on average, we’re not constantly talking about what might happen in the future, and we can be talking about what we know will happen in the future, that’s when we know the crisis is going to be over.

"The shorter window means we probably have to do more asymptomatic testing relative to what would be the case if their duration of shedding was just as long as symptomatic individuals -- that is, they're a bit harder to catch." - Matthew Ferrari

The Numerical Language of Covid-19: A Primer

from Wall Street Journal May 15, 2020

“We focus on R0 at the beginning to tell us how bad this could possibly be.” - Matthew Ferrari

Rethinking Herd Immunity

from Scientific American November 14, 2019

From the standpoint of the measles virus, it doesn’t care why they aren’t vaccinated,” says Matthew Ferrari, a statistical disease modeler at the Pennsylvania State University in University Park.

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