Angel Desai has been awarded a PandemicTech Innovation Fellowship for 2020 to work with ISID’s ProMED using digital epidemic surveillance data to produce AI-guided, actionable forecasts in real time in support of outbreak response and humanitarian health emergency activities across the globe. PandemicTech is a community of innovators based in Austin, Texas, dedicated to fighting pandemic infectious disease threats by bridging the gap between the infectious disease community and technology. With the support of this fellowship, Dr. Desai will work with the ProMED team, with colleagues at Imperial College London and at Harvard’s HealthMap to incorporate data from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic into the forecasting models.
Desai is an infectious disease physician and researcher interested in
leveraging informal surveillance methodologies to discern
epidemiological trends on emerging diseases and outbreaks. She obtained
her Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University in
2007 and M.D. from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2013. She
received her Master’s of Public Health from the Harvard T.H. Chan School
of Public Health. She is an Emerging Leader in Biosecurity Initiative
Fellow through the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security and an
Emerging Leader in International Infectious Diseases through ISID.