Rahul Subramanian

PhD Student


(773) 795-0960

205 Erman Hall
1103 E 57th St‎.
Chicago, IL 60637

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I am a first-year PhD student at the University of Chicago in the Department of Ecology and Evolution. My research focuses on understanding the effect of prior influenza infection history on antibody responses and the larger interplay between past infection histories, seasonal vaccination, and antibody responses. As an undergraduate student at Princeton, I first became exposed to disease modeling after taking an immunology class with Prof. Andrea Graham and working with Dr. Nimalan Arinaminpathy, Prof. Graham, and Prof. Bryan Grenfell on a project modeling how emerging transmission-blocking influenza vaccines may compare against conventional strain-matched vaccines in their ability to reduce seasonal epidemic sizes. While numerous infectious diseases fascinate me, I am particularly intrigued by the immune response to the influenza virus. I enjoy finding ways to combine my love of engineering, biology, and public policy. In addition to disease ecology, I enjoy learning more about network analysis, computational biology, and the intersection between public health and public policy.