At the Bansal Lab, our work is interdiscplinary. We're always looking for:

  • biologists interested in applying/developing quantitative and computational methods to their disease systems
  • mathematicians and computational scientists interested in infectious disease problems

Collaboration with experimentalists and epidemiologists

Lab located in Georgetown's new science center: Regent's Hall

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Open source, open data work

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Located in the heart of DC's rich cultural and intellectual life

Policy impact through goverment partners


Open projects:

  • Spatio-temporal dynamics of vaccination behavior and immunizing infections (measles, pertussis, influenza)
  • Network modeling of behavior and disease in animal societies

A doctorate in Applied Mathematics, Network Science, Biostatistics, Mathematical Biology, Theoretical Ecology, Epidemiology, or a closely related field.

How to Apply

Please email Shweta Bansal with a CV, a research statement describing your past work and future research goals, and a list of references (letters not required at initial inquiry).


We are recruiting PhD students to start in Fall 2019 (applications due in Dec 2018).

We recruit students interested in pursuing graduate work in disease ecology and network epidemiology for the following programs:


Please consult the individual program websites for information on application requirements and deadlines.

Past research experience in mathematical modeling or epidemiology or a Masters degree are recommended.

How to apply

It is highly recommended that you contact Shweta Bansal to discuss fit before applying to one of these programs.


You must have an interest in problems of infectious diseases, and a desire to learn mathematical modeling and computer programming (previous experience preferred, but not required).


I do not generally accept students until their sophomore year. I also do not accept senior thesis students unless they have previously conducted research in the lab.

How to apply

Please contact Professor Bansal with the following information:

  1. Major and graduation year
  2. Your resume
  3. List of biology, math, and computer science courses you have taken (or any other mathematics and programming experience you may have). Did you enjoy these courses?
  4. Are you looking for research credit? Your options may include: GUROP, a research tutorial, or a senior thesis
  5. How many hours can you commit to working in the lab/ How many semesters do you anticipate having time for research?
  6. What interests you about the lab's research?
  7. Read a publication from the lab and tell me what you think. Where would you take that study next?