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Associate Scientist

Parastu Kasaie, PhD, uses computer simulation modeling to study disease epidemics and address public health policy concerning disease prevention and control.

Contact Info

615 N. Wolfe Street, Room E6530

Research Interests

Simulation; Modeling; HIV; Epidemiology; Public Health; Tuberculosis
Experiences & Accomplishments
University of Cincinnati
University of Cincinnati
Iran University of Science & Technology
My overarching research goals are to develop and apply innovative analytical techniques to understand infectious disease dynamics and to provide evidence-based guidance to inform public health policy. My primary methodological expertise is in application of mathematical and computational disease modeling. I have applied this methodology to study epidemics of tuberculosis (TB), HIV, and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs), both in the United States (US) and globally (in sub-Saharan Africa and India). My research applications primarily focus on complex epidemiological questions involving human behavior and co-circulation of infectious and/or non-communicable diseases, which are well-suited for the strengths of computer simulation methodology.
Honors & Awards
2018 CFAR Research Scholar Award, Johns Hopkins Center For AIDS Research (CFAR), Baltimore, MD

2018 Mentored Research Scientist Development Award (K01), The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
Select Publications
Selected publications from various ongoing projects
  • Hyle EP, Kasaie P, Schwamm E, Stewart C, Humes E, Reddy KP, Rebeiro PF, Stanic T, Pei PP, Gerace L, Ang L. A growing number of men who have sex with men aging with HIV (2021-2031): a comparison of two microsimulation models. The Journal of Infectious Diseases. 2022 Dec 7.
  • Fojo AT, Wallengren E, Schnure M, Dowdy DW, Shah M, Kasaie P. Potential Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on HIV Transmission: A Modeling Study in 32 US Cities. Clinical infectious diseases: an official publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America. 2022 Jan 7.
  • Kasaie P, Stewart C, Humes E, Gerace L, Zhang J, Silverberg MJ, Horberg MA, Rebeiro PF, Hyle EP, Lima VD, Wong C. Projecting the age-distribution of men who have sex with men receiving HIV treatment in the United States. Annals of epidemiology. 2022 Jan 1;65:46-55.
  • Kasaie P, Weir B, Schnure M, Dun C, Pennington J, Teng Y, Wamai R, Mutai K, Dowdy D, Beyrer C. Integrated screening and treatment services for HIV, hypertension and diabetes in Kenya: assessing the epidemiological impact and cost-effectiveness from a national and regional perspective. Journal of the International AIDS Society. 2020 Jun;23:e25499.
  • Sohn H, Kasaie P, Kendall E, Gomez GB, Vassall A, Pai M, Dowdy D. Informing decision-making for universal access to quality tuberculosis diagnosis in India: an economic-epidemiological model. BMC medicine. 2019 Dec;17(1):1-1.
Simulation of HIV Epidemic among Baltimore’s MSM