Dr Petra Klepac


  • 2001-2007: PhD, MIT/WHOI Joint Program in Biological Oceanography


Petra is a member of the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, belonging to Infectious Disease Dynamics research group. Her work draws on optimal control and game theory to find how heterogeneities in demographic and socio-economic factors influence and shape optimal strategies for control of infectious diseases. 

Selected Publications

  • Klepac, P., Metcalf, C. J. E., McLean, A. and Hampson, K. (2013) Towards the endgame and beyond: complexities and challenges for the elimination of infectious diseases. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 368: 20120137. [open access]
  • Henderson, D. A. and Klepac, P. (2013) Lessons from the eradication of smallpox: an interview with DA Henderson. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B368: 20130113. [open access]
  • Klepac, P., Metcalf, C.J.E., Bjørnstad, O. N. and Grenfell, B.T. (2012) Optimizing reactive responses to outbreaks of immunizing infections: balancing case management and vaccination. PLOS ONE 8:e41428. [open access]
  • Klepac, P., Laxminarayan, R. and Grenfell, B. T. (2011) Synthesizing epidemiological and economic optima for control of immunizing infections. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 108: 14366–14370. [open access]
  • Klepac, P. and Caswell, H. (2011) The stage-structured epidemic: linking disease and demography with a multi-state matrix model approach. Theoretical Ecology 4: 301-319.