Dr. Katia Koelle is Professor of Emory University, Department of Biology.  She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor (2005).  She completed her post doc fellowship with the Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics (2007).  She worked at Duke University as Assistant Professor in the Biology Department and then Associate Professor before coming to Emory University in 2017.  


  • Phi Beta Kappa Recognition for Excellent Teaching (2020)
  • Faculty Member, Program in Population Biology, Ecology and Evolution (PBEE), Emory University (2017 – present)
  • Faculty Member, Program in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics (MMG), Emory University (2018 – present)
  • Associate Professor, Biology Department, Emory University (2017 – present)
  • Co-Director, Theory and Modeling of Living Systems Initiative, Emory University (2018 – present)
  • Associate Professor, Biology Department, Duke University (2014 – 2017)
  • Recipient of Duke University’s Thomas Langford Lectureship Award (2015)
  • Recipient of Popular Science’s Brilliant 10 award (2014)
  • Recipient of the PNAS Cozzarelli Prize (2008)


  • Understanding the interplay between the evolution and epidemiological spread of viral infectious diseases
  • Using modeling and statistical analyses of viral sequence data to understand constraints on viral adaptation
  • Evaluating interindividual variation in within-host viral dynamics and evolution
  • Measuring the impact of control measures of the epidemiological and evolutionary dynamics of viral infectious diseases
  • Identifying how vector reduction, immunization, and novel therapeutic control efforts impact disease burden
  • Pathogens: influenza, SARS-CoV-2, norovirus


Back to People