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Postdoctoral Scholar in Biology, Penn State

Emily Howerton is a postdoctoral scholar in the Department of Biology at Penn State University. She uses mathematical models to design strategies for controlling infectious diseases in the face of uncertainty, most recently focusing on the COVID-19 pandemic. For example, Emily has modeled the interaction between diagnostic testing and non-pharmaceutical interventions to identify optimal combination management strategies. Emily is also a member of COVID-19 Scenario Modeling Hub coordination team, where she develops methods to capture uncertainty from multiple models in 6-month projections of COVID-19 outcomes. In particular, she has adapted aggregation and evaluation methods from multiple fields to accommodate the unique needs of infectious disease scenario projections.


  • –present
    Postdoctoral Scholar, Penn State


  • 2023 
    Pennsylvania State University, Biology