Derek is an infectious disease epidemiologist engaged in theoretical and field studies of disease transmission. The goal of his research is to understand the temporal and spatial dynamics of the spread of infectious diseases in order to inform interventions to control their spread.
He is specifically interested in the dynamics of dengue, influenza, measles, and chikungunya. He currently leads field studies of influenza in the US and China, and dengue and chikungunya in Thailand and India. He currently holds appointments at University of Florida in the Department of Biology and Emerging Pathogens Institute, at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and at University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health.