Laura Pomeroy, PhD

Assistant Professor
Environmental Health Sciences
Phone: 614-292-2942
1841 Neil Ave.
380G Cunz Hall
Columbus, OH 43210


Dr. Pomeroy’s research is in the areas of infectious disease transmission and control. The goal of her research is to understand disease ecology, evolution, and spatial patterns with an emphasis on emerging and reemerging diseases. This involves using data and models of host-pathogen dynamics to identify causes of epidemics in many human and animal systems.

Dr. Pomeroy co-teaches PUBHEPI 5420, a 3-credit hour course called “Modeling Infectious Disease Transmission in Humans and Animals.” She also has helped develop courses for Data Analytics in Public Health and will be part of the instructional team for these courses. 

Research Interests:

Disease ecology, Phylogenetics, Computational biology, Multilevel modeling, Spatial analytics


Ph.D., Biology, Penn State University, 2008
B.S., Molecular Biology, Purdue University, 2002


PUBHEPI 5420 (Modeling Infectious Disease Transmission in Humans and Animals)

Selected Publications:

Pomeroy LW, Bansal S, Tildesley M, Moreno-Torres KI, Moritz M, Xiao N, Carpenter TE, Garabed RB. 2017. Data-driven models of foot-and-mouth disease dynamics: a review. Transboundary and emerging diseases 64 (3), 716-728.

Kim H, Xiao N, Moritz M, Pomeroy LW, Garabed RB. 2016. Simulating the transmission of foot-and-mouth disease among mobile herds in the Far North Region, Cameroon. Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation: 19(2). doi: 10.18564/jasss.3064

Pomeroy LW, Bjørnstad ON, Kim H, Jumbo SD, Abdoulkadiri S, Garabed RB. 2015. Serotype specific transmission and waning immunity of endemic foot-and-mouth disease in Cameroon. PLoS ONE. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0136642

Xiao N, Cai S, Moritz M, Garabed R, Pomeroy LW. 2015. Spatial and temporal characteristics of pastoral mobility in the Far North Region, Cameroon: Data analysis and modeling. PLoS ONE.

Janies DA, Pomeroy LW, Krueger C, Zhang Y, Senturk IF, Kaya K, Catalyurek UV. 2015. Phylogenetic visualization of the spread of H7 influenza A viruses. Cladistics: 1-13. doi: 10.1111/cla.12107