Carlos Castillo-Chavez

  • Distinguished Sustainability Scientist, Global Institute of Sustainability
  • Regents' and Joaquin Bustoz Jr. Professor, School of Human Evolution and Social Change/School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Executive Director, Mathematics and Theoretical Biology Institute

Arizona State University
Mathematical, Computational & Modeling Sciences Center
PO Box 871904
Tempe, AZ 85287-1904
USA
480-965-2115
Email: ccchavez@asu.edu
Web: http://mcmsc.asu.edu/carlos-castillo-chavez80

Biography

Castillo-Chavez's research program lives at the interface of the natural and social sciences. The research program puts emphasis on the role of dynamic social landscapes on disease evolution. In this context, in collaboration with various researchers (graduate students, postdocs and senior faculty elsewhere), joint work is conducted on the role of cross-immunity on the evolution and dynamics of influenza; the impact of behavioral changes, long periods of infectiousness, variable infectivity, co-infections, prostitution, social networks and vaccine efficacy on HIV dynamics; the role of exogenous re-infection, variable progression rates, vaccination, public transportation, close and casual contacts (generalized households) on tuberculosis dynamics and control; the impact of life-history vector dynamics on dengue epidemics; and on the identification of time response scales for epidemics like foot and mouth disease (Uruguay). More recently, Castillo-Chavez and collaborators have worked on the role of dispersal and disease as enhancing mechanisms of ecological diversity. Most recently, research efforts focus on problems at the interface of homeland security and disease invasions (natural or deliberate) and on models for the spread of social "diseases" like alcoholism and ecstasy. Work on models for the spread of extreme ideologies and their impact on cultural norms is also under way. The work on homeland security is briefly described in his February column of Beyond numbers and proofs.

The content of the courses that Castillo-Chavez has taught or developed focus on three aspects associated with biological and social processes: modeling, mathematical methods and simulations. The material taught is motivated via applications to immunology, epidemiology, ecology and evolutionary biology, demography and social dynamics.

Expertise

mathematical biology; theoretical biology; disease evolution; epidemiology

Education

    Ph.D., Mathematics, University of Wisconsin Madison, 1984

    M.S., Mathematics, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, 1977

    B.S., Mathematics, University of Wisconsin Steven Point, 1976

Posters

2010

Murillo, D., J. M. Anderies and C. Castillo-Chavez. 2010. Towards a theoretical framework of urban growth. Tempe, AZ. Poster presented January 28 at the 11th Annual Graduates in Earth, Life and Social Sciences Poster Symposium, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.

Murillo, D., J. M. Anderies and C. Castillo-Chavez. 2010. Towards a theoretical framework of urban growth. Poster presented January 28 at the 8th Annual Arizona Student Research Conference, Tempe, AZ.

2009

Murillo, D., J. M. Anderies and C. Castillo-Chavez. 2009. Towards a theoretical framework of urban growth. Poster presented June 9 at the annual PI meeting of the NSF's IGERT, Washington DC.

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Presentations

2011

Murillo, D., S. Holechek, F. Sanchez, E. Pozo and C. Castillo-Chavez. 2011. Vertical transmission: Short-and long-term implications of an invasive strain. Presentation 22 April at the Unraveling Complex Systems: Mathematical Biology Mini-Symposium, Tempe, AZ.

Murillo, D., S. Holechek, F. Sanchez, E. Pozo and C. Castillo-Chavez. 2011. Mothers and their eggs: Vertical transmission in a model of dengue. Presentation 25 February at the Emerging Researchers National (ERN) Conference in STEM, Washington DC.

2010

Murillo, D., J. M. Anderies and C. Castillo-Chavez. 2010. Urban growth and Zipf's Law. Presentation May 26 at the Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Hidalgo, Pachuca, Hidalgo, MX.

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