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Michael Z. Levy, PhD

Associate Professor of Epidemiology in Biostatistics and Epidemiology
Department: Biostatistics and Epidemiology

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714 Blockley Hall
423 Guardian Drive
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6021
Office: 215-746-8131
B.A. (Interdisciplinary major, Philosophy and Biology)
Amherst College, 1998.
PhD (Population Biology, Ecology and Evolution)
Emory University, 2007.
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Selected Publications

Nande A, Sheen J (co-first author), Walters EL, Klein B, Chinazzi M, Gheorghe A, Adlam B, Shinnick J, Tejeda MF, Scarpino SV, Vespignani A, eAndrew J Greenlee, Daniel Schneider, Michael Z Levy co-final/corresponding author with Alison L Hill: The effect of eviction moratoria on the transmission of SARS-CoV-2. Nature Communications 12(1): 2274, Apr 2021.

Nande A, Adlam B, Sheen J, Levy MZ, Hill AL.: Dynamics of COVID-19 under social distancing measures are driven by transmission network structure. PLOS Computational Biology 17(2): e1008684, Feb 2021.

Michael Levy: Kindling, Logs & Coal: The Dynamics of T. cruzi transmission in Arequipa, Peru. Population Biology of Vector-Borne Diseases Edited by John M. Drake, Michael Bonsall, and Michael Strand. Oxford University Press, February 2021.

Xie Sherrie, Hill Alison L, Rehmann Chris R, Levy Michael Z: Dynamics of bed bug infestations and control under disclosure policies. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 116(13): 6473-6481, Mar 2019.

Brinkley Raynor, Elvis W Díaz, Julianna Shinnick, Edith Zegarra, Ynes Monroy, Claudia Mena, Micaela De la Puente-León, Michael Z Levy, Ricardo Castillo-Neyra: The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on rabies reemergence in Latin America: The case of Arequipa, Peru. PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases(5), 2021.

Gutfraind Alexander, Peterson Jennifer K, Billig Rose Erica, Arevalo-Nieto Claudia, Sheen Justin, Condori-Luna Gian Franco, Tankasala Narender, Castillo-Neyra Ricardo, Condori-Pino Carlos, Anand Priyanka, Naquira-Velarde Cesar, Levy Michael Z: Integrating evidence, models and maps to enhance Chagas disease vector surveillance. PLoS neglected tropical diseases 12(11): e0006883, Nov 2018 Notes: https://journals.plos.org/plosntds/article?id=10.1371/journal.pntd.0006883.

Barbu Corentin M, Sethuraman Karthik, Billig Erica M W, Levy Michael Z: Two-scale dispersal estimation for biological invasions via synthetic likelihood. Ecography 41(4): 661-672, Apr 2018.

Rose Erica Billig, Lee Kwonsang, Roy Jason A, Small Dylan, Ross Michelle E, Castillo-Neyra Ricardo, Levy Michael Z: Risk maps for cities: Incorporating streets into geostatistical models. Spatial and spatio-temporal epidemiology 27: 47-59, Nov 2018.

Buttenheim Alison M, Paz-Soldán Valerie A, Castillo-Neyra Ricardo, Toledo Vizcarra Amparo M, Borrini-Mayori Katty, McGuire Molly, Arevalo-Nieto Claudia, Volpp Kevin G, Small Dylan S, Behrman Jere R, Naquira-Verlarde Cesar, Levy Michael Z: Increasing participation in a vector control campaign: a cluster randomised controlled evaluation of behavioural economic interventions in Peru. BMJ global health 3(5): e000757, Sep 2018.

Castillo-Neyra Ricardo, Brown Joanna, Borrini Katty, Arevalo Claudia, Levy Michael Z, Buttenheim Alison, Hunter Gabrielle C, Becerra Victor, Behrman Jere, Paz-Soldan Valerie A: Barriers to dog rabies vaccination during an urban rabies outbreak: Qualitative findings from Arequipa, Peru. PLoS neglected tropical diseases 11(3): e0005460, Mar 2017.

Levy MZ, Quispe V, Ylla-Velasquez JL, Waller LA, Richards JM, Rath B, Borrini-Mayori K, del Carpio JG, Cordova-Benzaquen E, McKenzie FE, Wirtz RA, Maguire JH, Gilman RH, Bern C.: Impregnated netting slows infestation by Triatoma infestans. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 79(4): 528-34, Oct 2008 Notes: http://www.ajtmh.org/content/79/4/528.long.

Levy MZ, Malaga F, Cornejo del Carpio JG, Vilhena D, McKenzie FE, Plotkin JB: Rational spatio-temporal strategies for Controlling a Chagas Disease Vector in Urban Environments. Journal of the Royal Society Interface 7(48): 1061-70, Jul 2010 Notes: http://rsif.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/7/48/1061.long.

Levy MZ, Small D, Vilhena DA, Cornejo Del Carpio JG, Gilman RH, Bern C, Plotkin JB.: Retracing micro-epidemics of Chagas disease using epicenter regression. PLoS Computational Biology 7(9): e1002146, Sep 2011 Notes: http://www.ploscompbiol.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pcbi.1002146.

Barbu CM, Hong A, Manne JM, Small DS, Quintanilla Calderón JE, Sethuraman K, Quispe-Machaca V, Ancca-Juárez J, Cornejo del Carpio JG, Málaga Chavez FS, Náquira C, Levy MZ: The Effects of City Streets on an Urban Disease Vector. PLoS Computational Biology 9(1), 2013 Notes: epub doi: 10.1371.

Wu Y, Tracy DM, Barbarin AM, Barbu CM, Levy MZ.: A door-to-door survey of bed bug (Cimex lectularius) infestations in row homes in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 91(1): 206-10, Jul 2014.

Andrew Hong, Corentin M. Barbu, Dylan S. Small, Michael Z Levy: Mapping the Spatial Distribution of a Disease Transmitting Insect in the Presence of Surveillance Error and Missing Data. Journal of the Royal Statistical Society: Series A 178(3): 641-658, Jun 2015 Notes: in press.

Levy MZ, Barbu CM, Castillo-Neyra R, Quispe-Machaca VR, Ancca-Juarez J, Escalante-Mejia P, Borrini-Mayori K, Niemierko M, Mabud TS, Behrman JR, Naquira-Velarde C; Chagas Disease Working Group in Arequipa, Peru.: Urbanization, Land Tenure Security, and Vector-borne Chagas disease. Proceedings of the Royal Society Series B 281(1789), Aug 2014 Notes: epub doi: 10.1098.

Barbu CM, Buttenheim AM, Pumahuanca ML, Calderón JE, Salazar R, Carrión M, Rospigliossi AC, Chavez FS, Alvarez KO, Cornejo del Carpio J, Náquira C, Levy MZ: Residual infestation and recolonization in an urban Triatoma infestans control campaign. Emerging Infectious Diseases 20(12): 2055-63, Dec 2014 Notes: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/eid/article/20/12/pdfs/13-1820.pdf.

Salazar R, Castillo-Neyra R, Tustin AW, Borrini-Mayorí K, Náquira C, Levy MZ: Bed Bugs (Cimex lectularius) as Vectors of Trypanosoma cruzi. Am J Trop Med Hyg 92(2): 331-5, Feb 2015.

Levy MZ, Tustin A, Castillo-Neyra R, Mabud TS, Levy K, Barbu CM, Quispe-Machaca VR, Ancca-Juarez JM, Borrini-Mayori K, Naquira-Velarde C, Ostfeld RS: Bottlenecks in domestic animal populations can facilitate the emergence of Trypanosoma cruzi, the aetiological agent of Chagas disease. Proc Biol Sci 282(1810), June 2015 Notes: doi: 10.1098/rspb.2014.2807.

Castillo-Neyra Ricardo, Zegarra Edith, Monroy Ynes, Bernedo Reyno F, Cornejo-Rosello Ismael, Paz-Soldan Valerie A, Levy Michael Z: Spatial Association of Canine Rabies Outbreak and Ecological Urban Corridors, Arequipa, Peru. Tropical medicine and infectious disease 2(3): 38, Aug 2017.

LaDeau Shannon L, Allan Brian F, Leisnham Paul T, Levy Michael Z: The ecological foundations of transmission potential and vector-borne disease in urban landscapes. Functional ecology 29: 889-901, Jul 2015.

Erica Billig Rose, Jason A.Roy, RicardoCastillo-Neyra, Michelle E.Ross, Carlos Condori-Pino, Jennifer K.Peterson, Cesar Naquira-Velarde, Michael Z. Levy: A real-time search strategy for finding urban disease vector infestations. Epidemiologic Methods 9(1): 20200001, May 2020.

Larson A, Paz-Soldan V, Arevalo C, Brown J, Condori-Pino C, Levy M, Neyra RC. : Misuse, perceived risk, and safety issues of household insecticides: qualitative findings from focus groups in Arequipa, Peru. PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases 15(5): e0009251, May 2021.

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