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:
- Infectious Disease
- Vaccination Development
- Economic Impact
- Online Education
- Educating and Occupying Children at Home
If you are seeking expertise on other subjects, please call University Media Relations at 512-471-3151 or consult our general Media Experts Guide.
, Department of Neurology
, Dell Medical School
- 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.
Department Chair, Integrative Biology
, College of Natural Sciences
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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.
For more information, contact: University Communications, Office of the President, 512-471-3151.