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Francesco Pizzitutti

Post-Doctoral Fellow


francesco.pizzitutti@duke.edu

Francesco Pizzitutti

Summary

Dr. Francesco Pizzitutti uses agent-based computational models to study and understand how the complex network of interactions between natural and human environments influences the dynamics of vector-borne diseases transmission. Agent-based models (ABMs) are computational models in which every single individual in human and vector populations is represented explicitly along with the geographical space, enabling the exploration of the effects of heterogeneities on the process of diseases transmission. He works with William Pan, assistant professor of global environmental health, to develop agent-based models of vector-borne diseases transmission in the Amazon. Pizzitutti holds a PhD in biophysics from Sapienza Università di Roma in Rome, Italy.