Coronavirus


As Coronavirus continues to be an issue of international concern, experts at The University of Texas at Austin can provide commentary and insight based on years of research and work in medical and economic fields. Journalists covering the virus can contact the following professors to discuss issues in these areas of concern:

If you are seeking expertise on other subjects, please call University Media Relations at 512-471-3151 or consult our general Media Experts Guide.



Infectious Disease


Coburn H Allen

Coburn H Allen

Associate Professor of Pediatrics , Department of Pediatrics , Dell Medical School
, challen@seton.org

   

Media Contact: Shahreen Abedin, shahreen.abedin@austin.utexas.edu, 512-495-5062

Jaquelin P Dudley

Jaquelin P Dudley

Professor , Department of Molecular Biosciences , College of Natural Sciences
+1 512 471 8415, jdudley@austin.utexas.edu

    

Media Contact: Christine Sinatra, christine.sinatra@austin.utexas.edu, 512-471-4641

Ben  King

Ben King

Clinical Assistant Professor , School of Human Ecology , College of Natural Sciences
, benjamin.king@austin.utexas.edu

 

  • Ben King is a clinical assistant professor of public health at The University of Texas at Austin where he teaches environmental health. He examines the impact of infectious disease for vulnerable populations, including the homeless and incarcerated. He is also a research scientist at the Dell Medical School Stroke Institute in the Department of Neurology. He has a master’s in public health and community health management and a doctorate in epidemiology from the UT-Houston School of Public Health. He has served in multiple leadership roles at the American Public Health Association, as a peer reviewer and assistant editor for multiple journals, and as a board member of the Texas Homeless Network and a member of the National Health Care for the Homeless Council’s research committee.

Media Contact: Christine Sinatra, christine.sinatra@austin.utexas.edu, 512-471-4641

Lauren A Meyers

Lauren A Meyers

Professor , Department of Integrative Biology , College of Natural Sciences
+1 512 471 4950, utpandemics@austin.utexas.edu

Media Contact: Christine Sinatra, christine.sinatra@austin.utexas.edu, 512-471-4641

Kristin E Mondy

Kristin E Mondy

Associate Professor of Internal Medicine , Department of Medicine , Dell Medical School
, kristin.mondy@austin.utexas.edu

      

Media Contact: Shahreen Abedin, shahreen.abedin@austin.utexas.edu, 512-495-5062

Shelley M Payne

Shelley M Payne

Professor , Department of Molecular Biosciences , College of Natural Sciences
+1 512 232 1070, +1 512 471 9258, payne@utexas.edu

     

Media Contact: Christine Sinatra, christine.sinatra@austin.utexas.edu, 512-471-4641

Claus O Wilke

Claus O Wilke

Department Chair, Integrative Biology , College of Natural Sciences
+1 512 232 2459, wilke@austin.utexas.edu

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  • Claus O. Wilke holds a Ph.D. in theoretical physics from the Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany, and he is currently the Jane and Roland Blumberg Centennial Professor in Molecular Evolution at The University of Texas at Austin. Wilke studies the evolution of viruses, and he has published nearly 200 scientific papers covering topics in computational biology, molecular evolution, protein biochemistry, and virology. He has also authored several popular R packages used for data visualization, such as cowplot and ggridges, and he is a contributor to the package ggplot2. In 2019, Wilke published the book Fundamentals of Data Visualization, which provides a concise introduction to effectively visualizing many different types of data sets.

Media Contact: Christine Sinatra, christine.sinatra@austin.utexas.edu, 512-471-4641

Vaccination Development


Jason  McLellan

Jason McLellan

Associate Professor , Department of Molecular Biosciences , College of Natural Sciences
+1 512 232 1906, jmclellan@austin.utexas.edu

    

Media Contact: Christine Sinatra, christine.sinatra@austin.utexas.edu, 512-471-4641

Economic Impact


Edward G Anderson

Edward G Anderson

Professor , Department of Information, Risk, and Operations Management , Red McCombs School of Business
+1 512 471 6394, edward.anderson@mccombs.utexas.edu

 

  • Supply distribution and hoarding

Media Contact: Catenya McHenry, catenya.mchenry@mccombs.utexas.edu, 512-471-5218

Julia L Coronado

Julia L Coronado

Clinical Associate Professor , Department of Finance , Red McCombs School of Business
, julia.coronado@austin.utexas.edu

 

  • Effects of COVID-19 on the stock market

Media Contact: Catenya McHenry, catenya.mchenry@mccombs.utexas.edu, 512-471-5218

John N Doggett

John N Doggett

Senior Lecturer , Department of Management , Red McCombs School of Business
+1 512 232 7671, +1 512 471 3676, john.doggett@mccombs.utexas.edu

 

  • Effects of COVID-19 on the global economy

Media Contact: Catenya McHenry, catenya.mchenry@mccombs.utexas.edu, 512-471-5218

Bradley M Gold

Bradley M Gold

Lecturer , Department of Business, Government and Society , Red McCombs School of Business
, bradley.gold@mccombs.utexas.edu

 

  • General economic impact of COVID-19

Media Contact: Catenya McHenry, catenya.mchenry@mccombs.utexas.edu, 512-471-5218

John M Griffin

John M Griffin

Professor , Department of Finance , Red McCombs School of Business
, john.griffin@mccombs.utexas.edu

 

  • General economic impact of COVID-19
  • President Trump's stimulus package

Media Contact: Catenya McHenry, catenya.mchenry@mccombs.utexas.edu, 512-471-5218

Francisco  Polidoro

Francisco Polidoro

Associate Professor , Department of Management , Red McCombs School of Business
+1 512 471 9187, francisco.polidoro@mccombs.utexas.edu

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  • Decision making amid uncertainty

Media Contact: Catenya McHenry, catenya.mchenry@mccombs.utexas.edu, 512-471-5218

Ehud I Ronn

Ehud I Ronn

Professor , Department of Finance , Red McCombs School of Business
+1 512 471 5853, eronn@mail.utexas.edu

 

  • Effects of COVID-19 on the oil and gas industry

Media Contact: Catenya McHenry, catenya.mchenry@mccombs.utexas.edu, 512-471-5218

Online Education


Lucas R Horton

Lucas R Horton

Director of Instructional Innovation , Education - Office of the Dean
+1 512 232 4199, lucas.horton@austin.utexas.edu

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  • Online learning technology and implementation

Chris J McCarthy

Chris J McCarthy

Department Chair , Department of Educational Psychology , College of Education
+1 512 232 4835, cjmccarthy@austin.utexas.edu

 

  • Stress and coping with new learning formats

Media Contact: Yvonne Taylor, yvonne.taylor@austin.utexas.edu, 512-471-3916

Educating and Occupying Children at Home


Jennifer K Adair

Jennifer K Adair

Associate Professor , Department of Curriculum and Instruction , College of Education
, jenniferadair@utexas.edu

 

  • Educating and occupying younger children at home

Media Contact: Yvonne Taylor, yvonne.taylor@austin.utexas.edu, 512-471-3916

Christopher P Brown

Christopher P Brown

Professor , Department of Curriculum and Instruction , College of Education
+1 512 232 2288, cpbrown@utexas.edu

 

  • Educating and occupying younger children at home

Media Contact: Yvonne Taylor, yvonne.taylor@austin.utexas.edu, 512-471-3916

Keffrelyn D Brown

Keffrelyn D Brown

Professor , Department of Curriculum and Instruction , College of Education
+1 512 232 4257, keffrelyn@austin.utexas.edu

 

  • Educating and occupying older children at home

Media Contact: Yvonne Taylor, yvonne.taylor@austin.utexas.edu, 512-471-3916

Anthony L Brown

Anthony L Brown

Professor , Department of Curriculum and Instruction , College of Education
+1 512 232 3902, alb@austin.utexas.edu

 

  • Educating and occupying older children at home

Media Contact: Yvonne Taylor, yvonne.taylor@austin.utexas.edu, 512-471-3916

Darla M Castelli

Darla M Castelli

Professor , Department of Kinesiology and Health Education , College of Education
+1 512 232 7636, dcastelli@utexas.edu

 

  • Educating and occupying younger children at home

Media Contact: Yvonne Taylor, yvonne.taylor@austin.utexas.edu, 512-471-3916

Stephanie W Cawthon

Stephanie W Cawthon

Professor , Department of Educational Psychology , College of Education
+1 512 471 0378, stephanie.cawthon@austin.utexas.edu

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  • Accessibility and impact on disabled students, faculty, and staff

Media Contact: Yvonne Taylor, yvonne.taylor@austin.utexas.edu, 512-471-3916

For more information, contact: University Communications, Office of the President, 512-471-3151.