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research summary

I'm interested in the dynamics of infectious disease transmission. Mostly I've worked with diseases affecting humans, but am currently exploring the dynamics of dengue fever virus in wild primate populations in Senegal. I'm also involved in a project examining the fundamental heterogeneities that arise from competition between infectors for susceptibles. I've also developed novel surveillance systems for infectious and chronic diseases.

Please see my curriculum vitae, and my Google Scholar page.


  • H. DeAngelis, S. V. Scarpino, M. C. Fitzpatrick, A. P. Galvani, B. M. Althouse, Epidemiological and economic impacts of priming with whole-cell Bordetella pertussis vaccine, JAMA Pediatrics, in press
  • B. M. Althouse∗, S. V. Scarpino∗, L. Ancel Meyers, J. W. Ayers, M. Bargsten, J. Baumbach, L. Castro, H. Clapham, D. Cummings, S. Del Valle, S. Epperson, S. Eubank, G. Fairchild, L. Finelli, N. Gener- ous, D. George, D. Harper, L. Hebert-Dufresne, M. Johansson, K. Konty, M. Lipsitch, G. Milinovich, J. Miller, E. Nsoesie, D. Olson, M. Paul, P. Polgreen, R. Priedhorsky, J. Read, I. Rodr ́ıguez-Barraquer, D. J. Smith, C. Stefansen, D.L. Swerdlow, D. Thompson, A. Vespignani, A. Wesolowski, Enhancing disease surveillance with novel data streams, EPJ Data Science, 4:17, *These authors contributed equally, [PDF]
  • J. W. Ayers, B. M. Althouse, “Tips From Former Smokers” Can Benefit from Considering all Available Data, American Journal of Preventative Medicine, [PDF]
  • J. W. Ayers, B. M. Althouse, J.-P. Allem, E. C. Leas, M. Dredze, R. Williams, Revisiting the Rise of Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems Using Search Query Surveillance, American Journal of Preventive Medicine, in press
  • B. M. Althouse, S. V. Scarpino, Asymptomatic transmission and the resurgence of Bordetella pertussis, BMC Medicine, BMC Medicine 2015, 13:146, [PDF]
  • L. Hebert-Dufresne, B.M. Althouse, Complex dynamics of synergistic coinfections on realistically clustered networks, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 112 (33) 10551-10556, doi:10.1073/pnas.1507820112, 2015, [PDF]
  • B. M. Althouse, K. A. Hanley, The Tortoise or the Hare? Impacts of Within-Host Dynamics on Transmission Success of Arthropod-Borne Viruses, Phil. Trans. R. Soc. B., 370 (1675), 20140299, [PDF]
  • J.-P. Allem, J.W. Ayers, B.M. Althouse, R. Williams, When a Ban Really isn’t a Ban: Internet Loopholes and Djarum Flavoured Cigarettes in the United States, Tobacco Control, in press
  • J.W. Ayers, B.M. Althouse, S. Emery, Changes in Internet searches associated with the “Tips from Former Smokers” campaign, American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 48 (6), e27, 2015, [PDF]
  • M. M. Tanaka, B. M. Althouse, C. T. Bergstrom, Timing of antimicrobial use influences the evolution of antimicrobial resistance during disease epidemics, Evolution, Medicine, and Public Health, 2014(1):150- 161, 2014, [PDF]
  • S. M. Noar, B. M. Althouse, J. W. Ayers, D. B. Francis, K. M. Ribisl, Cancer information seeking in the digital age: Effects of Angelina Jolie’s prophylactic mastectomy announcement, Medical Decision Making, 35(1), 16–21, January 2015, [PDF]
  • B. M. Althouse, K.A. Hanley, M. Diallo, A.A. Sall, Y. Ba, O. Faye, D. Diallo, D.M. Watts, S. C. Weaver, D.A.T. Cummings, Impact of climate and mosquito vector abundance on sylvatic arbovirus circulation dynamics in Senegal, American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, 92(1), 88–97, January 2015, [PDF]
  • B.M. Althouse, L. Hébert-Dufresne, Epidemic Cycles Driven by Host Behaviour, Journal of the Royal Society Interface, vol. 11 no. 99, October 2014, [PDF]
  • J. W. Ayers, B. M. Althouse, M. Dredze, Could Behavioral Medicine Lead the Web Data Revolution?, JAMA, 311(14), 1399–1400, 2014, [PDF]
  • J. W. Ayers, B. M. Althouse, M. Dredze, M. Johnson, J. E. Cohen, What’s the Healthiest Day? Cir- caseptan (Weekly) Rhythms in Healthy Considerations, American Journal of Preventative Medicine, 47 (1), 73-76, 2014, [PDF]
  • C. L. Jo, J. W. Ayers, B. M. Althouse, S. Emery, J. Huang, K. M. Ribisl U.S. Consumer Interest in Non- cigarette Other Tobacco Products Spikes around the 2009 Federal Tobacco Tax Increase, Tobacco Control, [PDF]
  • J. W. Ayers, B. M. Althouse, K. M. Ribisl, S. Emery, Digital Detection for Tobacco Control: Online Reactions to the United States 2009 Cigarette Excise Tax Increase, Nicotine & Tobacco Research, in press, [PDF]
  • B. M. Althouse, A.P. Durbin, K.A. Hanley, S.B. Halstead, S. C. Weaver, D.A.T. Cummings, Viral Kinetics of Primary Dengue Virus Infection in Non-Human Primates: A Systematic Review and Individual Pooled Analysis, Virology, 452-453:237-246, March 2014 [PDF]
  • B. M. Althouse, J. Patrick-Allem, M. A. Childers, M. Dredze, J. W. Ayers, Population Health Concerns During the United States’ Great Recession, American Journal of Preventative Medicine, 46(2):166–170, January 2014, [PDF]
  • S. M. Noar, K. M. Ribisl, B. M. Althouse, J. F. Willoughby, J. W. Ayers, Using Digital Surveillance to Examine the Impact of Public Figure Pancreatic Cancer Announcements on Media and Search Outcomes, Journal of the National Cancer Institute, 47:188-94, January 2014 [PDF]
  • J. W. Ayers, B. M. Althouse, M. Johnson, J. E. Cohen, Weekly “Circaseptan” Rhythms in Smoking Cessation Considerations, JAMA Internal Medicine, 174(1):146-8, January 2014 [PDF]
  • J. W. Ayers, B. M. Althouse, S. M. Noar, J. E. Cohen, Do Celebrity Cancer Diagnoses Promote Primary Cancer Prevention?, Preventive Medicine, 58: 81-84, January 2014 [PDF]
  • A.S. Azman, J.H. Stark, B. M. Althouse, C.J. Vukotich, S. Stebbins, D.S. Burke, D.A.T. Cummings, Household Transmission of Influenza A and B in a School-based Study of Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions, Epidemics, 5 (4), 181-186, 2013 [PDF]
  • O. J. Bienvenu, J. Gellar, B. M. Althouse, E. Colantuoni, T. Sricharoenchai, P. A. Mendez-Tellez, C. Shanholtz, C. R. Dennison, P. J. Pronovost, D. M. Needham, Post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms after acute lung injury: a 2-year prospective longitudinal study, Psychological Medicine, 43 (12): 2657- 2671, 2013 [PDF]
  • J. W. Ayers, B. M. Althouse, J. P. Allem, J. N. Rosenquist, D. E. Ford, Novel Identification of Seasonality in Mental Health Information-Seeking on Google, American Journal of Preventative Medicine, Vol. 44, Issue 5, May 2013 [PDF]
  • O. Patterson-Lomba, B. M. Althouse, G. M. Goerg, L. Hebert-Dufresne, Optimizing Treatment Regimes to Hinder Antimicrobial Resistance Across Time Scales, PLoS One, 8(3): e59529. March 2013 [Article]
  • L. Hebert-Dufresne, O. Patterson-Lomba, G. M. Goerg, B. M. Althouse, Pathogen mutation as coevolutive competition between site and bond percolation , Physical Review Letters, Vol. 110, Issue 10, Mar 2013 [PDF]
  • B. M. Althouse, O. Patterson-Lomba, G. M. Goerg, L. Hebert-Dufresne, Targeting and Timing of Treatment Influences the Emergence of Influenza Resistance in Structured Populations, PLoS Computational Biology, 9(2): e1002912. Mar 2013 [Article]
  • B. M. Althouse, J. Lessler, A.A. Sall, M. Diallo, K.A. Hanley, D.M. Watts, S. C. Weaver, D.A.T. Cummings, Synchrony of Sylvatic Dengue Isolations: A Multi-host, Multi-vector SIR Model of Dengue Virus Transmission in Senegal, PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, 6(11): e1928 [Article]
  • J. W. Ayers, B. M. Althouse, J.P. Allem, M. A. Childers, W. Zafar, C. Latkin, K. M. Ribisl, J. S. Brownstein, Novel Surveillance of Psychological Distress during the Great Recession, J of Affective Disorders, Volume 142, Issues 1–3, 15 December 2012, Pages 323–330 [PDF]
  • J. W. Ayers, B. M. Althouse, J.P. Allem, D. E. Ford, K. M. Ribisl, J. E. Cohen, A Novel Evaluation of World No Tobacco Day in Latin America, J Internet Med Research 14(3):e77, May 2012 [PDF]
  • B. M. Althouse, Y.Y. Ng, D.A.T. Cummings, Prediction of Dengue Incidence using Search Query Surveillance, PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases 5(8): e1258. doi:10.1371/journal.pntd.0001258, Aug. 2011 [Article]
  • B.M. Althouse, T. Bergstrom, and C.T. Bergstrom, A Public Choice Framework for Controlling Transmissible and Evolving Diseases, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 107: 1696-1701, Jan. 2010 [PDF]
  • B.M. Althouse, J.D. West, T. Bergstrom, and C.T. Bergstrom, Differences in Impact Factor Across Fields and Over Time, Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology. Vol. 60, No.1, (27-34), Jan. 2009 [PDF]


  • B. Althouse, A. Sall, M. Diallo, S. Weaver, D. Watts, K. Hanley, D.A.T. Cummings, A Multi-host, Multi- vector SIR Model of Dengue Virus Transmission in Senegal, MIDAS Network Meeting Pittsburgh Supercom- puting Center, October 7-8, 2010 [PDF]
  • J. Nahum, B.M. Althouse, J.D. West, C. Ofria, B. Kerr, Traversing Fitness Landscapes by Changing Envi- ronments, Gordon Research Conference (Microbial Population Biology) Proctor Academy, NH, (July 20-24, 2009), Winner: Best Poster Award [PDF]
  • B.M. Althouse, J.D. West, and C.T. Bergstrom, A Novel Method for Ranking the Quality of Cardiology Literature, American College of Cardiology Scientific Sessions, March 2009, Orlando, FL. [PDF]