Prof Juliet Pulliam, PhD


Research theme: Rapid Response to Emerging Threats

Prof. Juliet Pulliam is Director of SACEMA and Professor of Applied Mathematics at Stellenbosch University. Prior to moving to SACEMA in July 2016, she spent five years as a faculty member at the University of Florida, where she was also the inaugural director of the International Clinics on Infectious Disease Dynamics and Data (ICI3D) Program from 2012-2016. Juliet received a PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Princeton University in 2007, after which she spent a year as a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Disease Ecology at Emory University and three years as a Research and Policy for Infectious Disease Dynamics (RAPIDD) Program Fellow at the US National Institute of Health's Fogarty International Center. Her research focuses on quantitative approaches to infectious disease epidemiology, particularly zoonotic and vector-borne infections in resource-limited settings.

Recent publications

Meyer-Rath G, Hounsell RA, Pulliam JRC, Jamieson L, Nichols BE, Moultrie H, Silal SP (2022) The Role of Modelling and Analytics in South African COVID-19 Planning and Budgeting doi.org/10.1101/2022.08.23.22279123 Preprint

Bingham J, Tempia S, Moultrie H, Viboud C, Jassat W, Cohen C, Pulliam JRC (2022) Estimating the time-varying reproduction number for COVID-19 in South Africa during the first four waves using multiple measures of incidence for public and private sectors across four waves doi.org/10.1101/2022.07.22.22277932

Seelal S, Groome M, Govender N, Pulliam JRC, Ramadan PC, Jassat W, Leonard E, Moultrie H, Meyer-Rath KG, Ramkrishna W, Langa T, Furumele T, Moonasar D, Cohen C, Walaza S (2022) Leveraging epidemiology as a decision support tool during the COVID-19 epidemic in South Africa doi.org/10.7196/SAMJ.2022.v112i5b.16061 The South African Medical Journal

Azam JM, Pang X, Are EA, Pulliam JRC, Ferrari MJ (2022) Models and modelling practices for assessing the impact of outbreak response interventions to human vaccine-preventable diseases (1970-2019) - A systematic review doi.org/10.1101/2022.05.27.22275642 Medrxiv Preprint

Pulliam JRC, van Schalkwyk C, Govender N, von Gottberg A, Cohen C, Groome MJ, Dushoff J, Mlisana K, Moultrie H (2022) Increased risk of SARS-CoV-2 reinfection associated with emergence of Omicron in South Africa Science doi.org/10.1126/science.abn4947

Perofsky AC, Tempia S, Bingham J, Maslo C, Toubkin M, Laubscher A, Walaza S, Pulliam JRC, Viboud C, Cohen C (2022) The direct and indirect effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on private healthcare utilization in South Africa, March 2020 – September 2021 Clinical Infectious Diseases doi.org/10.1093/cid/ciac055

Pearson CAB, Silal S, Li MWZ, Dushoff J, Bolker BM, Abbott S, van Schalkwyk C, Davies, NG, Barnard RC, Edmunds WJ, Bingham JL, Meyer-Rath G, Glass A, Wolter N, Govender N, Stevens W, Scott L, Mlisana K, Moultrie H, Pulliam JRC, (2021) Bounding the levels of transmissibility & immune evasion of the Omicron variant in South Africa doi.org/10.1101/2021.12.19.21268038

Bolton L, van den Berg K, Swanevelder R, Pulliam JCR (2021) Characterising differences in red blood cell usage patterns between healthcare sectors in South Africa: 2014-2019 Blood Transfusion doi.org/10.2450/2021.0209-21

Pulliam JCR, van Schalkwyk C, Govender N, von Gottberg A, Cohen C, Groom M, Dushoff J, Mlisana K, Moultrie H (2021) SARS-CoV-2 reinfection trends in South Africa: analysis of routine surveillance data doi.org/10.1101/2021.11.11.21266068

Bolton L, van den Berg K, Swanevelder R, Pulliam JCR (2021) Mind the gap: Patterns of red blood cell product usage in South Africa, 2014 - 2019 The South African Medical Journal doi.org/10.7196/SAMJ.2021.v111i10.15658

Azam JM, Saitta B, Bonner K, Ferrari MJ, Pulliam JCR (2021) Modelling the relative benefits of using the measles vaccine outside cold chain for outbreak response Vaccine doi.org/10.1016/j.vaccine.2021.08.053

Nichols JD, Bogich TL, Howerton E, Bjørnstad ON, Borchering RK, Ferrari M, Haran M, Jewell C, Pepin KM, Probert WJM, Pulliam JRC, Runge MC, Tildesley M, Viboud C, Shea K (2021) Strategic testing approaches for targeted disease monitoring can be used to inform pandemic decision-making PLOS Biology doi.org/10.1371/journal.pbio.3001307

Pearson CAB, Pulliam JCR, Eggo RM (2021) Pre-vaccination testing could expand coverage of two-dose COVID vaccines Wellcome Open Research doi.org/10.12688/wellcomeopenres.16835.1

Adetokunboh, O.O, Z.E. Mthombothi, E.M. Dominic, S. Djomba-Njankou, J.R.C. Pulliam (2021) African based researchers’ output on models for the transmission dynamics of infectious diseases and public health interventions: A scoping review PLOS One doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0250086

Youngji J, Jamieson L, Edoka I, Long L , S Sheetal Silal, Pulliam J.C.R, Moultrie H, Sanne I, Meyer-Rath G, Nichols BE (2021) Cost-effectiveness of Remdesivir and Dexamethasone for COVID-19 Treatment in South Africa Open Forum Infectious Diseases doi: 10.1093/ofid/ofab040

Azam, J.M., E.B. Are, X. Pang, M.J. Ferrari, & J.R.C. Pulliam (2020) Outbreak response intervention models of vaccine-preventable diseases in humans and foot-and-mouth disease in livestock: a protocol for a systematic review. BMJ Open 10(10) doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2019-036172

Robin N. T., T. D. Hollingsworth, V. Isham, D. Arribas-Bel, B Ashby, T Britton, P. Challenor, L. H. K. Chappell, H. Clapham, N. J. Cunniffe, A. P. Dawid, C. A. Donnelly, R. M. Eggo, S Funk, N Gilbert, P. Glendinning, J. R. Gog, W. S. Hart, H. Heesterbeek, T House, M Keeling, I. Z. Kiss, M. E. Kretzschmar, A. L. Lloyd, E. S. McBryde, J. M. McCaw, T. J. McKinley, J. C. Miller, M. Morris, P. D. O’Neill, K. V. Parag, C. A. B. Pearson, L. Pellis, J. R. C. Pulliam, J. V. Ross, G. S. Tomba, B. W. Silverman, C. J. Struchiner, M. J. Tildesley, P. Trapman, C. R. Webb, D. Mollison, & O Restif (2020) Key questions for modelling COVID-19 exit strategies. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 287(1932): 20201405 doi: 10.1098/rspb.2020.1405

Nichols, B.E., L. Jamieson, S.R.C Zhang, G.A. Rao, S. Silal, J.R.C. Pulliam, I. Sanne, and G. Meyer-Rath (2020) The role of remdesivir in South Africa: preventing COVID-19 deaths through increasing intensive care unit capacity. Clinical Infectious Diseases 71(9): 1642–1644 doi: 10.1093/cid/ciaa937

Pearson, C. A. B., C. van Schalkwyk , A.M. Foss , K.M. O'Reilly, SACEMA's Modelling and Analysis Response Team, CMMID COVID-19 Working Group, and J.R.C. Pulliam (2020) Projected early spread of COVID-19 in Africa through 1 June 2020. Eurosurveillance 25(18) 2000543 doi: 10.2807/1560-7917.ES.2020.25.18.2000543

Kyu, H. L., B. Nikolay, H. M.S. Sazzad, M. J. Hossain, A. K. M. Dawlat Khan, M. Rahman, S. M. Satter, S. T. Nichol, J. D. Klena, J. R. C. Pulliam, A. Kilpatrick, S. Sultana, S. Afroj, P. Daszak, S. Luby, S. Cauchemez, H. Salje, & E. S. Gurley (2020) Changing Contact Patterns Over Disease Progression: Nipah Virus as a Case Study. The Journal of Infectious Diseases 222(3): 438–442 doi: 10.1093/infdis/jiaa091

Becker, D.J., A.D Washburne, C.L. Faust, J.R.C. Pulliam, E.A. Mordecai, J.O. Lloyd-Smith & R.K. Plowright (2019) Dynamic and integrative approaches to understanding pathogen spillover. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 374: 20190014. doi: 10.1098/rstb.2019.0014

Sokolow, S.H., N. Nova, K.M. Pepin, A.J. Peel, J.R.C. Pulliam, K. Manlove, P.C. Cross, D.J.Becker, R.K. Plowright, & H. McCallum (2019) Ecological interventions to prevent and manage zoonotic pathogen spillover. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 374(1782): 20180342 doi:10.1098/rstb.2018.0342

Birgit, N., H. Salje, M.J. Hossain, A.K.M.D. Khan, H.M.S. Sazzad, M. Rahman, P. Daszak, U. Stroher, J.R.C. Pulliam, A.M. Kilpatrick, S.T. Nichol, J.D. Klena, S. Sultana, S. Afroj, S.P. Luby, S. Cauchemez, & E.S. Gurley (2019) Transmission of Nipah Virus - 14 Years of Investigations in Bangladesh. New England Journal of Medicine 380(19): 1804-1819 doi: 10.1056/NEJMoa1805376

Ogden, N.H., J.R.U. Wilson, D.M. Richardson, C. Hui, S.J. Davies, S. Kumschick, J.J. Le Roux, J. Measey, W. Saul, & J.R.C. Pulliam (2019) Emerging infectious diseases and biological invasions: a call for a One Health collaboration in science and management. Royal Society Open Science 6(3):181577 doi: 10.1098/rsos.181577

Kamvar, Z.N., J. Cai, J.R.C. Pulliam, J. Shumacher & T. Jombart (2019) Epidemic curves made easy using the R package incidence. F1000Research 8:139 doi: 10.12688/f1000research.18002.1

Blohm, G.M., J.C. Loeb, J.A. Lednikky, J.R.C. Pulliam, & J.G Morris (2018) Complete Genome Sequence of Dengue Virus Serotype 2, Asian/American Genotype, Isolated from the Urine of a Venezuelan Child with Hemorrhagic Fever in 2016. Genome Announcements 6(24):e00529-18. doi: 10.1128/genomeA.00529-18

Blohm, G.M., J.A. Lednicky, M. Marquez, S.K. White, J.C. Loeb, C.A. Pacheco, D.J. Nolan, T. Paisie, M. Salemi, A.J.R. Morales, J.G. Morris, J.R. C. Pulliam, & A.E.P. Mondolfi (2017) Evidence for Mother-to-Child Transmission of Zika Virus Through Breast Milk. Clinical Infectious Diseases 66(7):1120-1121. doi: 10.1093/cid/cix968.

Borchering, R.K., S.E. Bellan, J.M. Flynn, J.R.C. Pulliam & S.A. McKinley (2017) Resource-driven encounters among consumers and implications for the spread of infectious disease. Journal of the Royal Society Interface 14(135) doi: 10.1098/rsif.2017.0555

Ogden, N.H., P. AbdelMalik & J.R.C. Pulliam (2017) Emerging infectious diseases: prediction and detection. Canada Communicable Disease Report 43(10): 206-11. doi: 10.14745/ccdr.v43i10a03

Borchering, R.K., S.B. Bellan ,J.M. Flynn , J. Pulliam, & S.A. Mckinley. (2017) Resource-driven encounters among consumers and implications for the spread of infectious disease. Journal of the Royal Society Interface; 14(1):20170555, 17. doi: 10.1101/091850

Norris, S.A., A. Daar, D. Balasubramanian, P. Byass, E. Kimani-Murage, A. Macnab, C. Pauw, A. Singhal, C. Yajnik, J. Akazili, N. Levitt, J. Maatoug, N. Mkhwanazi, S.E. Moore, M. Nyirenda, J.R.C. Pulliam, T. Rochat, R. Said-Mohamed, S. Seedat, E. Sobngwi, M. Tomlinson, E. Toska & C. van Schalkwyk (2017) Understanding and acting on the developmental origins of health and disease in Africa would improve health across generations. Global Health Action 10(1):1334985. doi: 10(1): 1334985.

Bellan S. E, Pulliam J. R, Scott J. C, Dushoff J, MMED Organizing Committee. (2012) How to make epidemiological training infectious. Plos Biology 10(4). doi: 10.1371/journal.pbio.1001295.

Azam JM, Pang X, Are EB, Pulliam JRC, Ferrari MJ () Models and modelling practices for assessing the impact of outbreak response interventions to human vaccine-preventable diseases (1970-2019) - A systematic review doi.org/10.1101/2022.05.27.22275642 Medrxiv Preprint

DSI-NRF Centre of Excellence in Epidemiological Modelling and Analysis