Du, Zhanwei

Research Assistant Professor

Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics

  • PhD, MPhil, BS
phone 3910 3826
email zwdu@hku.hk
pub med PubMed
Dr. Zhanwei Du has joined the School of Public Health in 2020. He received his BS, MPhil, and PhD in Computer Science in 2009, 2012, and 2015. After graduation, he worked as a postdoc fellow at Hong Kong Baptist University during 2015-2016 and the University of Texas at Austin during 2016-2020; a research associate at the University of Texas at Austin in 2020.

His general research area is computational epidemiology, machine learning and data science. He mainly focuses on modeling complex phenomena in biological and social systems. The applications include computational social science with an emphasis on smart city and computational biology covering a wide range of communicable and non-communicable diseases (e.g., COVID-19, influenza, Ebola, sexual transmission infections, and cancer).
Selected Publications
  1. Du, Z. et al. Comparative cost-effectiveness of SARS-CoV-2 testing strategies: A modelling study, Lancet Public Health (2020)  [Accepted]
  2. Du Z, Nugent C, Galvani AP, Krug RM, Meyers LA. Modeling mitigation of influenza epidemics by baloxavir. Nat Commun. 2020;11: 2750. doi:10.1038/s41467-020-16585-y
  3. Du Z, Wang L, Cauchemez S, Xu X, Wang X, Cowling BJ, et al. Risk for Transportation of Coronavirus Disease from Wuhan to Other Cities in China. Emerg Infect Dis. 2020;26: 1049–1052. doi:10.3201/eid2605.200146
  4. Du Z, Xu X, Wu Y, Wang L, Cowling BJ, Meyers LA. Serial Interval of COVID-19 among Publicly Reported Confirmed Cases. Emerg Infect Dis. 2020;26: 1341. doi:10.3201/eid2606.200357
  5. Du Z, Wang L, Fox SJ, Cowling BJ, Galvani AP, Meyers LA, et al. Proactive social distancing mitigates COVID-19 outbreaks within a month across 58 mainland China cities. Emerg Infect Dis. 2020; 26. doi:10.3201/eid2609.201932
  6. Du Z, Javan E, Nugent C, Cowling BJ, Meyers LA. Using the COVID-19 to influenza ratio to estimate early pandemic spread in Wuhan, China and Seattle, US. 2020. EClinicalMedicine (2020) doi:10.1016/j.eclinm.2020.100479
  7. Xu X, Liu X, Wu Y, Ali ST, Du Z (co-first author), Bosetti P, Lau E, Cowling BJ, Wang L. Reconstruction of Transmission Pairs for novel Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in mainland China: Estimation of Super-spreading Events, Serial Interval, and Hazard of Infection. Clin. Infect. Dis. (2020) doi:10.1093/cid/ciaa790
  8. Wang, X, Pasco R, Du Z (co-first author), et al. Wang, X. et al. Impact of Social Distancing Measures on Coronavirus Disease Healthcare Demand, Central Texas, USA. Emerg. Infect. Dis. 2020; 26, 2361–2369
  9. Duque D, Morton DP, Singh B, Du Z, Pasco R, Meyers LA. Timing social distancing to avert unmanageable COVID-19 hospital surges. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U. S. A. 2020. doi:10.1073/pnas.2009033117
  10. Ali ST, Wang L, Lau EHY, Xu X, Du Z, Wu Y, et al. Ali, S. T. et al. Serial interval of SARS-CoV-2 was shortened over time by nonpharmaceutical interventions. Science. 2020 doi:10.1126/science.abc9004